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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.

Dem party officers all reelected by acclamation

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Democrats breezed through their state central committee meeting on Sunday afternoon, easily reelecting their current slate of party officers by acclamation, and setting up a new labor initiative within their party. Several hundred members also heard uplifting comments from congressional members who joined them at the Colorado Convention Center for the biennial party reorganizational meeting.

Colorado women respond to call for action

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Hard economic times aren’t going to stand in the way of the 270 or so women who showed up at the Colorado History Museum at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, for the 20th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Women’s Issues.

Keynote speaker Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way, led off the call to action with a quotation from American poet Adrienne Rich.

White House Project urges women to seek office

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Just as surely as March follows February and Women’s History Month follows Black History Month, members of The White House Project believe the election of America’s first woman president will follow shortly after the election of its first Black president.

Twitter messages inform politicos, constituents

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As debate over Senate Bill 228 dragged into the wee hours of the morning on March 3, Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, used his Blackberry to send Twitter updates to his constituents.

Holland & Hart attorneys get firsthand experience on Obama's transition team

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two local attorneys with a decided penchant for politics and public policy are now back at work in the Denver law office of Holland & Hart after spending a couple months late last year into January working as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.

Springs GOP Lincoln Day Gala

Republicans dine, talk, sing and diss Obama

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The El Paso County Republican Party’s gala was billed as a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday — but much of the evening’s rhetoric was devoted to the denigration of President Barack Obama.

Women's Lobby focuses on improving opportunities

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As they gather around a large conference table in a room with rectangular windows facing the state Capitol, a group of women meets over lunch every other Wednesday to discuss political strategies for legislation affecting women in Colorado.

They are members of the Women’s Lobby of Colorado, a coalition of advocacy organizations established in 1993 to promote a broad range of women’s issues through lobbying at the state Capitol.

Grand opening of The CELL’s Inaugural Exhibit

The grand opening of The CELL’s inaugural exhibit in mid-February attracted a large and diverse crowd in Denver that reflected the importance and timeliness of the subject — educating citizens about terrorism.