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CACI delegation to lobby Bennet and Udall to oppose card check legislation

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the statewide chamber of commerce with nearly 500 members, will send a delegation to Washington, D.C. March 31 and April 1 to lobby Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet against the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as “card check” union organizing legislation.

Delegation pushes for new veterans’ cemetery

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of the state’s congressional delegation are increasing the pressure for a new national cemetery to serve Colorado’s veterans.

On Wednesday, March 25, Colorado’s U.S. Senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, both Democrats, introduced legislation to create a new national veterans’ cemetery in El Paso County.

GOP irate over ruling on mill levy

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Chalk up another victory for the Colorado Democrats.

By a 6-1 decision Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of legislation backed by the Democrats that will keep property taxes from decreasing. The court said the 2007 legislation — which froze mill levies at their then-current levels — passed constitutional muster and does not violate the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, which requires a popular vote in order to alter tax policy.

Wadhams leads race for state GOP chair

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Republican Party will forge its future with the election of new officers at their party organizational meeting on Saturday at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.

Republican vice chair race is wide open

Candidates split between rural and urban delegates

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Colorado Republicans are seeking a path out of the political wilderness, they may get the map from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who will speak at “Blueprint for tomorrow” dinner at the Denver Marriott South.

Quick approval of VA hospital cheers Bennet

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The big news in U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s weekly conference call with the local media on March 18, was the announcement of the new Veteran Affairs hospital, which will be built near Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora.

Bennet also discussed the AIG bonus scandal and the reprise of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act 2009.

Bennet opened by thanking Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, for ending nearly a decade of uncertainty about Colorado’s new VA hospital.

Gossip: 3/13/09

FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN

When the Executive Committee of Colorado Legislature considers which “admonitions” to recommend against lobbyist Erik Groves, House Minority Leader Mike May will be sitting on the front bench.

“I plan to vote,” said May.

Some observers perceive a conflict in May voting in a matter in which he became involved.

“I don’t give a damn,” he declared.

RNC Chair Michael Steele sets Denver visit

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele plans a Denver visit on March 20, and members of the Colorado Black Republican Forum are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face with “the new face of the GOP.”

Members of the CBRF believe Steele’s election ushers in a new era for the Republican Party, demonstrating that Democrats don’t have a lock on the black vote.

Victory in stem cell battle sweet for DeGette

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, of Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, watched President Barack Obama sign an executive order lifting the ban on embryonic stem-cell research on Monday, March 9, the Colorado Democrat was overwhelmed by a sense of victory in a hard-fought battle.

Dems celebrate victories

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Democrats, fresh off an amazingly successful election year that turned the state from purple to bright blue, celebrated their accomplishments last weekend at the 76th annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.