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Saccone leaves news biz for Attorney General's Office

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Another Colorado political reporter is leaving the industry, and this time the evacuee is the go-to source for Western Slope legislative news.

Mike Saccone, political reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and writer of the Sentinel’s well-read “Political Notebook” blog, has accepted a job as communications director for the Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, ending a three-year stint at the Western Slope’s largest daily newspaper.

Interior’s Salazar pumps recovery plan at site of arsenal

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COMMERCE CITY — While touring the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of downtown Denver last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar pointed to the surroundings — once a manufacturing site for chemical weapons — as an example of how Colorado will benefit from the estimated $900 billion economic stimulus package now moving through Congress.

Forced insurance could bankrupt small employers

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Requiring employers to offer health insurance to their employees could cost Colorado’s small businesses more than $3 billion over five years, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

Honest Abe turns the big two-oh-oh

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Feb. 12, the nation will begin a yearlong celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, an event the state started preparing for last November, when Gov. Bill Ritter established the Colorado Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Colorado's presidential appointees

JFK appointee White gives Coloradans a rooting interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Perhaps it’s Colorado’s history with the Broncos that makes us want to cheer for the underdog in the Super Bowl. But if you’re still feeling kind of bad that the Arizona Cardinals couldn’t pull out a last-minute victory, you can take comfort in the knowledge that Colorado also has a rooting interest in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

El Paso County GOP factions grapple over leadership

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In the wake of an election that delivered weakened Republican vote totals and handed a third legislative seat to the Democrats, this GOP bastion has gone to war over the chairmanship of El Paso County’s Republican Party.

GOP seeks new players from legislative 'farm teams'

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After a series of bruising election cycles, Republicans nationwide need to find new talent in order to create a new generation of strong leaders.

That talent — and tomorrow’s leaders — probably will come from state legislatures and other grassroots offices.

Suthers to seek re-election

AG scraps Senate plans

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — “I love my job!” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told a group of about 50 fans gathered at an El Paso County Republican Meet-up Group at the Valley Hi Golf Club’s Caddy Shack restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 22, three days before he would announce his decision to stay in Colorado.

Spirit of Obama electrifies King Marade

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that took a giant leap toward realization in November, when America’s first black president-elect, Barack Obama, stood up and said, “Yes we can.”

Salazar takes reins at Interior at tumultuous time

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Inauguration Day, Ken Salazar became the 50th U.S. secretary of the Department of the Interior and the sixth Coloradan to serve in the post.

Until now, Colorado has been tied with Ohio and Illinois, each of which contributed five Interior secretaries to the United States.

With Salazar — who is the first Interior secretary born in Colorado — the Centennial State becomes the champion state for providing Interior secretaries.