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Colorado Freedom Memorial project underway

The Colorado Statesman

Nearly a dozen years after the idea was first conceived, organizers, dignitaries and military families broke ground in Aurora on Saturday for a memorial honoring every Colorado member of the military killed or missing in action since statehood.

‘Boots to Suits’ aims to move vets into college

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Military veterans moving from military life to civilian life have gotten another tool to help with that process. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and CU Denver have created a “Boots to Suits” program that will move vets into college and then into a second transition into the business world.

Boots to Suits started just a year ago, part of the university’s Veteran Student Services office. About 60 veterans are already in the program, and another 25 are expected in the spring semester.


Shirley Archuleta Siek (1933-2013)

Shirley Archuleta Siek passed from this life in Denver on February 4, 2013. She was 79. Mrs. Siek was a multiple generation Colorado native who grew-up in Silverton and Durango, but had been a Denver resident since 1972. Her loving husband of 40 years, Bob, was with her at passing.

Romanoff’s early entrance into CD 6 race enhances speculation

The Colorado Statesman

Almost as if on cue, former State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, submitted his official statement of candidacy to the Federal Election Commission for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District — just a day after the Democrats’ House Majority PAC announced that incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, had been named to a list of most vulnerable Republicans in the country.

Legislators fired up about gun bills

The Colorado Statesman

The debate over gun control took center stage at the state legislature this week with controversial bills presented by Republicans seeking to curb efforts by Democrats to limit firearm possession.

The debate follows the July Aurora movie theater shooting, which claimed the lives of 12 and injured 58 others, and it has spilled into the national conversation, gaining momentum after the December Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six staff members dead in Newtown, Conn. On Wednesday, the issue gained more traction after Phoenix police said three people were injured in a morning shooting at an office building there.

SoS Gessler seeks to limit ethics probe

Secretary of state narrowly avoids legislative audit after partyline vote
The Colorado Statesman

Attorneys for Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Wednesday filed a lawsuit seeking to limit a probe by the Independent Ethics Commission into whether he misspent public dollars. Just one day earlier, the secretary narrowly escaped an audit of his office’s use of discretionary funds after the Legislative Audit Committee tied on a vote to authorize the investigation.

Inauguration of the President

Denver Dems celebrate Obama’s inauguration from afar
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats cheered President Barack Obama’s second inauguration at a bash thrown locally on Monday night at an East Denver restaurant. The inaugural gala, sponsored by the Democrats of House Districts 6 and 8, featured replays of the day’s highlights in the swank surroundings at the Cork House Broker Restaurant, familiar to neighborhood denizens as the longtime home of the venerable Tante Louise.

Jill Q. Citizen does D.C. — A local Democrat’s diary of the inauguration

Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: Denver Democrat Halisi Vinson attended President Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony and many of the festivities surrounding the event along with her husband, Ricardo Crawley, and chronicled the historic occasion for The Colorado Statesman. A delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, she is the assistant secretary of the Denver Democratic Party and is the only announced candidate for secretary at next month’s reorg. She is one of the owners of A New Dawn, a local media and marketing company.

Tancredo warns of GOP’s suicidal path

Plus, race for state chair down to just two contenders
The Colorado Statesman

The race to chair the Colorado Republican Party got a little less crowded this week.

Grassroots organizer Lori Horn announced at a meeting of the Arapahoe County Tea Party on Tuesday night that she was ending her campaign for state GOP chair and instead would be running for vice chair at the biennial reorganization meeting in March. Her move leaves incumbent state Republican chairman Ryan Call and Douglas County Republican chairman Mark Baisley as the only two announced candidates. Current vice chairman Don Ytterberg — also the head of the Jefferson County Republicans — is the other announced candidate for vice chair.

Committee passes bill on collective bargaining

The Colorado Statesman

The Democratic-controlled legislature on Wednesday began debate on a labor union bill that would ensure collective bargaining rights for Colorado firefighters, pushing the measure through the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee on a party-line vote of 3-2.