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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.

'Public option' plan protesters hound Bennet

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Like other members of Congress, Sen. Michael Bennet is using the monthlong session recess to talk with constituents about the proposed government health care plan. The Democrat’s discussion in Pueblo turned into an ambush by a mob of angry protesters — many of them grandmas and grandpas.

House Speaker Pelosi puts Denver center stage

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The national health care debate landed in Denver last week as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toured a downtown health clinic operated by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless with Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette, of Denver, and Jared Polis, of Boulder.

The highly publicized visit, which kept members of the press at arm’s length as the lawmakers toured the facility, was met outside by hundreds of demonstrators representing both sides of the health care reform debate.

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.