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New West summiteers seek to solidify gains

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The first Legislative session in January of 2007 marked a milestone in Colorado.

Not only was it the first session for newly elected Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter, but it also was the first time Democrats controlled both houses of the Legislature, plus the governor’s office since John F. Kennedy was president.

Redford steals show at New West summit

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Some of the nation’s most powerful Democrats were in town last week attending the two-day Project New West Summit, but a movie star stole the show.

'Public option' plan protesters hound Bennet

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Like other members of Congress, Sen. Michael Bennet is using the monthlong session recess to talk with constituents about the proposed government health care plan. The Democrat’s discussion in Pueblo turned into an ambush by a mob of angry protesters — many of them grandmas and grandpas.

House Speaker Pelosi puts Denver center stage

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The national health care debate landed in Denver last week as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi toured a downtown health clinic operated by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless with Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette, of Denver, and Jared Polis, of Boulder.

The highly publicized visit, which kept members of the press at arm’s length as the lawmakers toured the facility, was met outside by hundreds of demonstrators representing both sides of the health care reform debate.

Political party chairs talk trust, caucuses

Last month the state chairs of the Colorado Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties participated in a panel discussion at the South Metro Chamber of Commerce. It was part of “Election ’09” sponsored by Business Leaders for Responsible Government. This is the second part of the story that started in last week’s issue. It picks up at a question and answer session following the presentation of the three political party leaders, Dick Wadhams, chairman of Colorado Republican Party, Pat Waak, chair of the state Democratic Party, and David K. Williams, who heads up the Colorado Libertarian Party.

Tancredo slightly charred at Arapahoe GOP roast

Nevermind that the traditional season for Lincoln Day celebrations had long passed or that the guest of honor for this event had been out of office for the past six months... Arapahoe County Republicans managed to pull off a fun and festive affair last Saturday night as they roasted (and toasted) the former congressman from the 6th Congressional District, Tom Tancredo.

Vilsack talks environment during Colorado visit

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was in Colorado again this week.

This time, instead of meeting publicly with Eastern Plains farmers and ranchers to discuss the closure of New Frontier Bank, Vilsack discussed the proposed Cap and Trade Bill with representatives of state agricultural interests during a closed-door meeting at the National Western Complex. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver, also attended the Monday meeting.

Colorado Springs nails USOC deal amid tumult

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs City Council has approved a new economic development agreement to entice the U.S. Olympic Committee to keep its headquarters and training facility in the city until 2039.

The deal, however, hinges on whether the city can meet quick deadlines to raise capital to fund the projects.

Pinnacol gets back on the exam table

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The legislative debate that raged for weeks over the efforts of some Democrats to use Pinnacol Assurance’s large surplus to close the state’s budget gaps, revived Tuesday at the Capitol.

A 16-member panel created by Senate Bill 281, a piece of last-minute legislation, held the first of several meetings intended to explore future options for Pinnacol, a quasi-governmental agency that serves as a last-resort option for businesses in need of worker’s compensation insurance.

Beauprez still has that fire in the belly

By Jody H. Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Bob Beauprez, the former congressman from CD 7 who lost a hotly contested race for governor in 2006, can’t seem to extinguish the proverbial fire in the belly. It is an affliction most usually associated with high octane candidates, and Beauprez may be one of them.