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Spurned unions lash Ritter

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Gov. Bill Ritter is a friend to labor, some are wondering, what does an enemy look like?

After wielding his veto pen twice in three weeks to strike down two bills promoted by organized labor, Ritter finds himself taking jabs from self-proclaimed “friends” as he attempts to mitigate damages and mend important Democratic fences.

Ritter's new COO draws GOP fire

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of Colorado’s Republican Party were quick to criticize Gov. Bill Ritter’s June 8 appointment of Don Elliman, the head of his Office of Economic Development and International Trade, as Colorado’s first Chief Operating Officer. Ritter created the post to facilitate Colorado’s economic recovery and to implement the state’s portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The South Metro Denver Chamber takes on politics through mock election

Republicrats vs. Demicans vs. Librarians! Oh my!

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Late one evening, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce marketing consultants Deverik Wilder and Brian Bartony were drinking wine and brainstorming ways to get the chamber’s membership more involved in politics.

“Maybe it was the wine,” said Wilder, “but we came up with the idea of having a mock election for governor. I challenged Brian — and he came back at me! Now we have our Election 2009.”

Ethics panel to hear complaint against Colorado Springs mayor

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — A panel convenes June 12 to reconsider a complaint that accuses Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera of breeching the city’s ethics ordinance. The complaint filed by Ron Johnson accuses Rivera of having a conflict of interest in negotiating a deal to keep the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters here.

Sotomayor leaves favorable impression on Udall

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, left his meeting with Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor Thursday morning feeling impressed and awed by her love for law.

“I’m inclined to support her, and, at the same time, I take my responsibility seriously. I will be watching the hearings and studying her further,” Udall told reporters.

Blake welcomed as new CSU chancellor

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — Joe Blake received a frosty reception from some media and political insiders after being named the first chancellor of the Colorado State University system last month, but the Fort Collins community has been more receptive to the 72-year-old Republican and former Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce president.

During a two-day whirlwind of meetings on CSU’s Fort Collins campus last week, Blake met with community leaders, students and faculty — and was warmly received by everyone.

El Paso County GOP goes surfin' USA

Republicans swarmed to the El Paso County GOP’s beach party and caught the political wave in singing and surfboard-riding contests backed by Beach Boys’ tunes played by the Kahuna Beach Party Band.

Cardholders' bill of rights a feather in Udall's cap

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Mark Udall proudly chalked up a victory on his legislative slate Friday.

One week after President Barack Obama signed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights — which Udall first introduced as Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District Congressman four years ago — the first-term Democratic senator from Eldorado Springs was on the Auraria campus in Denver touting the merits of the bill.

Renovation bonanza eliminates pesky permit fees

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s a Bonanza!

Through June 15, the Home Renovation Bonanza offers Denver homeowners free, immediate construction permits for simple home improvements. The program is designed to stimulate the local economy for homeowners, contractors and home improvement stores.

Denver Building Department spokesman Julius Zsako notes that prices are down for most materials right now and competition is up for contractors, so this is an optimal time for Denverites to spruce up their homes.

Dems join GOP to celebrate Waller's 40th

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Thunderstorms forced Republican state Rep. Mark Waller to move his 40th birthday party from a park in northeastern Colorado Springs to his home nearby — but the downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of several lawmakers who joined the festivities.