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Ritter touts energy economy highlights for summit

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The same message came from the same messenger, but it was delivered in a new venue.

During a luncheon speech Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Ritter touted the importance of his vision for a “new energy economy” at the Rocky Mountain New Energy Markets Summit, sponsored by Holme Roberts & Owen law firm, Altira and Morgan Stanley.

Stimulus bunny yet to leave eggs in Colorado’s basket

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s push to create a “New Energy Economy” will definitely benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but by how much is still unknown.

Despite the haste with which Congressional leaders passed the now infamous $900 billion stimulus package, the money coming to Colorado to benefit clean, new energy projects has yet to arrive.

Natural-gas powered cars: So near, yet so far away

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

They’re called the cleanest internal-combustion vehicles on Earth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Compressed natural gas vehicles produce 97 percent less carbon monoxide and 25 percent less carbon dioxide than traditional automobiles. CNGs produce few toxic or carcinogenic pollutants, little to no particulate matter and no evaporative emissions.

Four Corners tourism endangered by smog

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s easy to tell why the Four Corners area — where Colorado’s border meets the borders of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah — is a popular tourist destination.

Bennet returns to ‘hood for schooling

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The students in the Denver Public School district have not forgotten Colorado’s newest senator, Michael Bennet.

As he finished interviews with reporters at Bruce Randolph Middle School on Tuesday and raced through the school’s cafeteria on his way to meet with teachers, a group of young students yelled across the room.

GOP's Chuck Hagel opens CU's World Affairs Conference

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The 61st annual Conference on World Affairs kicked off in Boulder this week with a nice dose of Republican energy as Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel delivered the keynote speech to a packed Macky Auditorium.

AFL-CIO leader touts EFCA campaign

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The heat is on when it comes to the Employee Free Choice Act.

One week after U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue came to Denver to talk to business leaders about the importance of opposing the EFCA, a major labor leader made stops up and down the Front Range to promote the proposed legislation.

Drug researchers fete breakthroughs at Capitol

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

President Obama’s call last month for America to find “a cure for cancer in our time” began to take shape at the Statehouse on Wednesday as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a pharmaceutical industry trade association, announced that a record 861 new cancer medicines and vaccines are currently being researched and tested.

Both sides on EFCA set sights on Bennet

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Officially, it’s called the Employee Free Choice Act. Republicans call it Card Check. No matter the name, it’s the hot political topic of 2009, and it could prove troublesome for Colorado’s newest senator, Democrat Michael Bennet.

At its heart, the EFCA eases union organization rules and, in theory, clears a path for organized labor to eliminate a secret ballot in elections on whether to unionize. Republicans and business leaders say union bosses will use the open voting process to intimidate voters they know oppose unionization.

GOP re-elects 'liberal' Wadhams

'Kick those liberals out!' implores challenger Tucker

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“There’s your headline! Republicans elect liberal party chair!” exclaimed newly re-elected Colorado GOP Chair Dick Wadhams before bounding down the aisle to deliver his acceptance speech on the stage of the Douglas County High School auditorium.

Despite being labeled a “liberal” by one of his two challengers, Wadhams won by a landslide — capturing 310 of 366 votes cast by state GOP central committee members.