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Political party chairs talk trust, caucuses

Last month the state chairs of the Colorado Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties participated in a panel discussion at the South Metro Chamber of Commerce. It was part of “Election ’09” sponsored by Business Leaders for Responsible Government. This is the second part of the story that started in last week’s issue. It picks up at a question and answer session following the presentation of the three political party leaders, Dick Wadhams, chairman of Colorado Republican Party, Pat Waak, chair of the state Democratic Party, and David K. Williams, who heads up the Colorado Libertarian Party.

Tancredo slightly charred at Arapahoe GOP roast

Nevermind that the traditional season for Lincoln Day celebrations had long passed or that the guest of honor for this event had been out of office for the past six months... Arapahoe County Republicans managed to pull off a fun and festive affair last Saturday night as they roasted (and toasted) the former congressman from the 6th Congressional District, Tom Tancredo.

Vilsack talks environment during Colorado visit

By Jason Kosena

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in Colorado again this week.

This time, instead of meeting publicly with Eastern Plains farmers and ranchers to discuss the closure of New Frontier Bank, Vilsack discussed the proposed Cap and Trade Bill with representatives of state agricultural interests during a closed-door meeting at the National Western Complex. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver, also attended the Monday meeting.

Colorado Springs nails USOC deal amid tumult

By Leslie Jorgensen

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs City Council has approved a new economic development agreement to entice the U.S. Olympic Committee to keep its headquarters and training facility in the city until 2039.

The deal, however, hinges on whether the city can meet quick deadlines to raise capital to fund the projects.

Pinnacol gets back on the exam table

By Jason Kosena

The legislative debate that raged for weeks over the efforts of some Democrats to use Pinnacol Assurance’s large surplus to close the state’s budget gaps, revived Tuesday at the Capitol.

A 16-member panel created by Senate Bill 281, a piece of last-minute legislation, held the first of several meetings intended to explore future options for Pinnacol, a quasi-governmental agency that serves as a last-resort option for businesses in need of worker’s compensation insurance.

Beauprez still has that fire in the belly

By Jody H. Strogoff

Bob Beauprez, the former congressman from CD 7 who lost a hotly contested race for governor in 2006, can’t seem to extinguish the proverbial fire in the belly. It is an affliction most usually associated with high octane candidates, and Beauprez may be one of them.

Penry seeks favor in Springs

By Leslie Jorgensen

COLORADO SPRINGS — “It’s weird running against your old boss,” confessed state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry, 33, of his opponent, former 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis, 56, both of Grand Junction.

A dozen corporate executives burst out laughing at the roundtable discussion in the boardroom of The Office Club in the Briargate community north of Colorado Springs. The July 30 event was hosted by Buddy Gilmore, CEO of Shape Technologies LLC, a defense contracting firm.

Dem, GOP, Libertarian chairs tell how parties work

“Election 2009,” a unique project sponsored by Business Leaders for Responsible Government and headed up by John Brackney, president of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, recently kicked off its series with a panel discussion among the chairs of the state’s Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties.

Green energy fans praise Xcel fee withdrawal

By Lucy McFadden

News of Xcel’s decision to withdraw its proposal to charge a small monthly fee to the users of solar panels came as a relief to Gov. Bill Ritter and other proponents of the renewable resource.

Dems stunned by extent of cuts

By Jason Kosena

The budget pain is only going to get worse.

That was the message from Gov. Bill Ritter Tuesday night to Democratic lawmakers during a budget briefing held at the Governor’s Mansion.