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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.

Steele tells young Republicans ‘Your time is now’

RNC Chair Steele leads ?Big Tent? revival

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Headlining the “Blueprint for Tomorrow” dinner on the eve of the state GOP’s leadership election, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was on a mission to ramp up enthusiasm, reawaken conservative fiscal values and revamp the party’s “small tent” image.

Romanoff skirts rumors, focuses on school buildings

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Back in the Capitol and making his first public appearance in many weeks, Denver Democrat and former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff wasn’t saying much about rumors that he may run a primary against newly appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

Danish prince and princess reign at groundbreaking

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

BRIGHTON — Capping off a three-day spree of new job announcements, Gov. Bill Ritter joined Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Brighton Wednesday at the official groundbreaking ceremony for two Vestas manufacturing plants. The plants, which will produce wind turbine components, are expected to employ 1,350 people when they open in 2010.

CACI delegation to lobby Bennet and Udall to oppose card check legislation

The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the statewide chamber of commerce with nearly 500 members, will send a delegation to Washington, D.C. March 31 and April 1 to lobby Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet against the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also known as “card check” union organizing legislation.

Delegation pushes for new veterans’ cemetery

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of the state’s congressional delegation are increasing the pressure for a new national cemetery to serve Colorado’s veterans.

On Wednesday, March 25, Colorado’s U.S. Senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, both Democrats, introduced legislation to create a new national veterans’ cemetery in El Paso County.

GOP irate over ruling on mill levy

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Chalk up another victory for the Colorado Democrats.

By a 6-1 decision Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of legislation backed by the Democrats that will keep property taxes from decreasing. The court said the 2007 legislation — which froze mill levies at their then-current levels — passed constitutional muster and does not violate the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, which requires a popular vote in order to alter tax policy.

Wadhams leads race for state GOP chair

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Republican Party will forge its future with the election of new officers at their party organizational meeting on Saturday at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock.