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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.

Biden takes stage to tout green economy

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Vice President Joe Biden was back in Denver Tuesday touting the middle class and the rise of “green collar” jobs for Americans hit hardest by the economic recession.

Standing on a stage at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science alongside a slew of administration Cabinet members, Biden used the 90-minute, town-hall-style meeting to promote the latest development in the president’s economic stimulus package.

'Dr. Dean' stumps for health care

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Wednesday, Howard Dean brought the same intensity and passion-filled rhetoric that made him a popular candidate in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary to a group of 300 Coloradans gathered at a church on Denver’s Capitol Hill.

This time, the former physician, Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman was rallying for support of government-subsidized health care for all Americans.

Sotomayor nomination draws both praise and fire

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Setting up what will almost certainly become a Capitol Hill battle of supreme proportions, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor, a judge for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.

If she’s confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Sotomayor will become the third woman and the first Hispanic ever to serve on the nation’s highest court.

CSU board names Tony Frank to Presidency

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On May 26 — nearly six months after the sudden resignation of Colorado State University President Larry Penley — the system’s Board of Governors announced that they are replacing him with Tony Frank, former CSU provost and acting president since Penley’s resignation.

At the Tuesday meeting, the board also discussed their decision three weeks ago to name Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Joe Blake as the sole finalist for position of CSU chancellor, a newly created position.

Springs answers ethics complaint

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The city of Colorado Springs has hammered out a response to a lawsuit filed by developer Ray Marshall and his company, LandCo Equity Partners, LLP, completing the first step in what the city hopes will be the resolution of a conflict that threatens to move the United States Olympic Headquarters and Training Center to another city.

Springs Stonewall Dems hear Hoadley, laud Ferrandino

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Although El Paso County is best-known as a bastion of religious right, pro-gun, anti-abortion and anti-gay politics, it’s also home to an outspoken cadre of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Democrats — some of whom gathered last weekend to hear a speech by Jon Hoadley, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, the LGBT wing of the Democratic Party.

Springs mayor accused of ethics violation

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Mayor Lionel Rivera has been accused of violating the city of Colorado Springs’ ethics code. Under scrutiny is Rivera’s role in negotiating a deal that awarded a $53 million contract to a developer to build a new headquarters for the United States Olympic Committee, remodel offices in a city-owned building and upgrade the Olympic Training Center.

Ritter vetoes gun bill, draws fire from GOP sponsor

Cites Columbine shootings in veto message

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter signed his first veto of 2009 last week, quashing a bill that would have allowed residents with a concealed-weapons permit to bypass criminal-background checks when purchasing new guns.

The legislation passed with heavy bipartisan support through the Legislature with 19 Democrats in the House and Senate approving the measure. It was sponsored in the House by Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and in the Senate by Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray.