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Ritter praises repair team for work on capitol

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s almost a wrap for the “Life Safety Upgrades” project at the Colorado Capitol.

At a press conference June 29, Gov. Bill Ritter officially proclaimed the day to be “State Capitol Life Safety Project Day,” recognizing the contributions of various planners, construction workers and artisans in repairing the Capitol building to eliminate life-and-limb-threatening problems.

Ritter asks state agencies to tighten belt

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The state’s budget problems continued to worsen this week.

State economists told the Joint Budget Committee and the Governor’s Office on Monday that Colorado is $249 million short for the 2008-’09 fiscal year, which ends on June 30, and is another $135 million behind in 2009-’10 fiscal year projections.

Ritter vows to take on state's fiscal fiasco

Remember the coalition for Referendum C back in 2005?

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Any Colorado lawmaker will tell you the state Constitution is in need of repair.

CS mayor willing to talk in ethics probe but only if press is barred

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After attending the 77th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Providence, Rhode Island, Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera returned to face the Independent Ethics Commission’s probe into his business dealings with a developer who won a $53 million contract to construct and upgrade facilities for the United States Olympics Committee.

Immigration crowd upstages VIPs

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

NORTHGLENN — In Colorado, nothing can attract a crowd quite like a discussion of immigration reform.

Last Saturday afternoon, men, women and children poured into the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Northglenn, filling it past its seating capacity, waving signs and flags and chanting “Si,se puede!” (loosely translated as “Yes, we can!”).

Larimer County GOP celebrates Flag Day with families, friends and flavorful food

Candidates net votes at lakeside "Shrimp Boil"

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — Larimer County Republicans gathered at the lakeside home of Don and Dianne Shannon in a tony southwest suburb of Fort Collins to hear speeches from candidates, savor boiled shrimp and salivate over the news that next year’s state GOP Assembly will be held at the Budweiser Events Center in nearby Loveland.

Bennet fields political questions from students

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s junior U.S. senator gets trounced regularly for refusing to take a public stand on such important issues as the Employee Free Choice Act. But Sen. Michael Bennet didn’t hold back when he was grilled by high school students instead of reporters or political opponents.

Ethics probe into Colorado Springs to be secret

Mayor Lionel Rivera alleged to have conflict of interest in negotiating deal

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The city’s two-member Independent Ethics Commission plans to interview Mayor Lionel Rivera about allegations that he had a conflict of interest in negotiating a $53 million deal to prevent the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and training site from moving out of town.

Ritter upbeat after Governors' conference

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter has returned from the Western Governor’s Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting with renewed enthusiasm for Colorado’s renewable energy plans.

In a conference call to reporters from Park City, Utah, where the three-day meeting ended on Tuesday, Ritter said he would leave confident that Colorado is on the right policy path.

State working to counter poverty's effect on children

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The sun finally broke through the clouds for the first morning in weeks on Tuesday as Colorado Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien stood on the West Steps of the Capitol to speak to the media about the 2009 KidsCount in Colorado! Report.