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Ritter, business groups unveil job creation recommendations

Flanked by business leaders from across the state, Gov. Bill Ritter earlier this week announced the next step in his job-creation strategy. It consists of a set of recommendations drawn up by his Colorado Jobs Cabinet to improve workforce quality and better meet the needs of businesses now and into the future.

Ritter swings budget ax at prisons, human services

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter’s bleak Tuesday budget update had one bright spot: It’s not as bad as it could have been.

CD 5 Rep. Lamborn, constituents, bond in ire

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

WOODLAND PARK — Several hundred folks flocked to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn’s first public meeting on the proposed government health care plan, and House Resolution 3200 elicited equally passionate rhetoric in this northern El Paso County suburb as it did at other meetings being held around the country.

Lamborn’s meeting, however, was less a debate than a massive support group where conservatives shared their rage against big government.

Markey, Gardner lead CD 4 health care forums

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

NORTHERN COLORADO — It’s not surprising that hundreds of people have showed up to talk with 4th Congressional District Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Fort Collins, about the national health care debate. That the lines outside her “Congress on Your Corner” events stretch around buildings is no shock.

Obama finds some friends on Western Slope

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — President Barack Obama brought his push for health care reform deep into Republican territory last weekend, wringing cheers from the enthusiastic crowd at a town hall meeting at Central High School.

Polis hears throngs eager to discuss health care reform

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As nearly 300 people poured into the parking lot of 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’ “Congress on Your Corner” community event at Southern Sun Brewery and Pub in Boulder last Sunday, it seemed that health care reform was on the minds and tongues of everyone in the county.

West Slope demonstrators prove peaceful

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — On Friday, Aug. 15, the Associated Press was estimating that “the visit by President Barack Obama to Grand Junction could draw thousands of protesters.” But crowds fell far short of estimates, and Saturday dawned on a peaceful city.

“It was a very successful event,” said Heather Benjamin, spokeswoman for Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey. “We were prepared for the worst estimates, but none of it transpired. Things couldn’t have gone better.”

Obama leaves good impression in both parties

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — No current Colorado legislators were spotted in the town hall audience on Saturday, but a few veteran GOP legislators were on hand, and they joined local Democrats in giving President Barack Obama high marks.

Former state Rep. Gayle Berry, R-Grand Junction, said she thought the president “did a very good job explaining the details of a very complex issue. He got diverse questions, and he answered them.

New West summiteers seek to solidify gains

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The first Legislative session in January of 2007 marked a milestone in Colorado.

Not only was it the first session for newly elected Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter, but it also was the first time Democrats controlled both houses of the Legislature, plus the governor’s office since John F. Kennedy was president.

Redford steals show at New West summit

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Some of the nation’s most powerful Democrats were in town last week attending the two-day Project New West Summit, but a movie star stole the show.