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FASTER brightens Ritter’s budget gloom

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter showcased a bright spot in the state’s bleak budget forecast on Monday when he proposed a 6 percent increase in transportation funding for fiscal year 2010-’11, which begins in July.

DPS winners see little conflict ahead

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Election Day pundits are to be believed, when the new Denver School Board sits down for its first meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, members of the reform faction and members of the union-backed faction will be glaring at one another as they struggle for control over a highly politicized seven-person panel.

Colorado ranks high in its effort to count military ballots

By Leslie Jorgenson
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado ranks in the top five states for its military and overseas voting policies. In fact, the state needs to make only one minor tweak to comply with the provisions of the federal Military Overseas Voting Empowerment Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Oct. 28.

Gov. Ritter: 'It's alive!'

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jobs are being created and saved, thanks in part to federal stimulus package funds that have bolstered Colorado’s sagging economy.

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Team released a report Tuesday showing that more than $1.2 billion in federal stimulus has been spent in Colorado, creating or retaining 5,291 full-time equivalent jobs.

Some 2,670 of those — more than half — are in the state’s higher education system.

For a real scare, check out the new budget cuts

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It just keeps getting worse for Gov. Bill Ritter.

The economic downturn hitting the country and Colorado has forced the first-term governor to make many difficult decisions since May, when the Legislature adjourned for the year.

Passing of veteran Republican pol Hal Shroyer an end of a political era

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Hal Shroyer recently died at the age of 88. That’s a lot of years of living. Some people who read The Statesman may not remember the former Adams County Republican whose role in Colorado politics has since become so legendary.

Sec. of Interior Salazar honored here at home

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Call it a political lovefest.

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, former U.S. Senator for Colorado, state Attorney General before that and fifth generation Coloradan from the San Luis Valley, was honored Oct. 23 by friends, supporters, elected officials and family members at a party fundraiser in downtown Denver.

Centennial girds for new leaders

By Peter Jones
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

This November’s Centennial mayoral election will be historic for the city of 103,000, as the founding mayor’s protégé squares off against a longtime civic activist.

'Buy American' hits free-trade wall

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On the face of it, “Buy American” seems to be a logical, patriotic and economically sound message. However, the few bills backing that concept that have emerged recently from the Colorado Legislature have had a hard time making it out of committee and on to the House and Senate floor.