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Straight shooter Ed Carpenter will be missed

Hayden rancher was outspoken but a gentleman

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Ed Carpenter, cowboy poet and singer, and a crusty and outspoken advocate of water rights and ranching who served as the Republican state representative in House District 54 during the 1980s, has died at age 87.

Four seats on DPS Board draw 11 candidates

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

All 11 candidates for four seats on the Denver School Board qualified for the ballot by the Aug. 28 deadline to run in the Nov. 3 election, and each one has a unique view of what the future should hold for the Denver Public Schools.

Voters citywide will decide who will take the at-large seat left vacant when incumbent Jill Conrad decided not to run for re-election, citing personal reasons.

Bachmann breathes fire in Denver speech

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

There are certain politicians who never disappoint. Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is one.

Bachmann, currently serving her second term in Congress after spending six years in the Minnesota state Senate, is known as the “second most hated Republican woman in the country,” following former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Pundit foresees tough year for Democrats

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In a wide-ranging discussion in Denver last week, Charlie Cook, national political expert and publisher of the nonpartisan online Cook Political Report, said President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are losing the battle over health care insurance reform.

Ex-treasury secretary sees light in tunnel

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The economy is looking better. The recession may be ending. But it’s still too early to start celebrating.

State Dems pay tribute to Kennedy

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Ted Kennedy spent most of the day on Aug. 25, 2008, in a bed at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Sen. McCain shows true color: green

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

ESTES PARK — Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has always been known as a moderate politician.

Although his recent run for the presidency against President Barack Obama led McCain further to the right than he’d ever gone before, it didn’t take long for the four-term United States senator to get reoriented and resume taking a more moderate approach to many issues.

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.