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Small rally bolsters Obama economic plan

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two days before President-elect Barack Obama addressed the nation to kick off a campaign on behalf of his economic recovery package, Democratic officeholders, members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, environmentalists and other local progressives held a small rally at the Capitol to show their support.

“We need to come together today because we are a nation and a state in crisis,” said Linda Medlock, legislative community organizer for ACORN.

Coffman sets sights high as representative of CD 6

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While there were some surprises in November, Mike Coffman’s victory in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District was not among them. The secretary of state handily defeated his Democratic opponent with about 60 percent of the vote. But getting to the finish line proved to be somewhat burdensome. Coffman survived a contentious four-way primary as well as early opposition to his candidacy from some party leaders concerned that his election would most likely signal the appointment of a Democratic replacement by the governor. On top of that, Coffman had a tumultuous year overseeing elections in the state following a series of voting equipment failures and public scrutiny over some of his rulings in the secretary of state’s office.

Dem starts early at unenviable run for CD 6

By Peter Jones
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican Mike Coffman has yet to be sworn in as the newest representative of Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, but a Democratic challenger is already itching to unseat him.

Buescher wins secretary of state nod

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The morning after Bernie Buescher’s shocking Nov. 4 loss in his Grand Junction legislative district, Gov. Bill Ritter said in his election wrap-up press conference that he had a feeling the defeat did not mean Buescher’s work in state government had ended.

Salazar’s nomination for Interior opens floodgates as Dems posture for Senate seat

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The nomination of U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar to be Secretary of Interior and the soon-to-be vacancy of his office means that some lucky Democrat in the state can count on a big present from Santa Bill (Ritter) within the next couple of weeks.

Gov. Ritter offers state version of stimulus package

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday offered his fixes to economic problems that were spawned on Wall Street but are now hitting home in Colorado, including the credit crunch and rising unemployment.

“We will be better than many other states,” Ritter said, “but we will not avoid the effects of the economic downturn.”

Feds’ $1.4 billion won’t fix job loss, Ritter cautions

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Even as Gov. Bill Ritter sounded an optimistic note about Colorado’s chances of winning $1.4 billion in federal funds to stimulate the economy, an allusion to Colorado’s lack of long-term transportation funding darkened his remarks.

“It’s one-time money. And we have to treat it as one-time money,” Ritter cautioned at a hearing Monday, Dec. 15, before the Colorado Legislature’s Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth.

DeGette satisfied where she is, unafraid of Senate race

DeGette satisfied where she is, unafraid of Senate race

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

There have been times, over the past eight years of the Bush administration, that U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, has seemed a bit — well, tense.

But Democratic victories in Congress and the presidency seem to have helped her get in touch with her relaxed, joyful side.

Rep. John Salazar tapped for Appropriations

Cabinet post less likely now

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Rep. John Salazar’s political star is rising. In November, the Democrat was easily re-elected for a third term representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which is considered a swing district. And just this week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi selected him to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Updated rules for oil and gas industry fuel outcry by some Republican legislators

Reps. Greg Brophy, Laura Bradford might introduce legislation if final version of rules pose a risk to jobs

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission unanimously approved updates to state rules that it says will provide greater protections for Colorado’s water, wildlife and communities while enabling the state’s oil and gas industry to thrive. But the announcement mid-week has already angered legislative Republicans who feel that the Commission is usurping the role of the General Assembly in drafting new rules governing the energy industry in the state. Republicans are also upset about the potential effect the new rules could have on Colorado’s faltering economy.