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Children in Colorado are not recession-proof

The Great Recession substantially impacted a wide range of Colorado children, including those who didn’t previously suffer from poverty and economic hardship, according to a 2011 KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report released last week by the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Non-candidate Wadhams defends himself in GOP state chair candidates free-for-all

The Colorado Statesman

If the current campaign for GOP state chairman is any indication, the battle facing Colorado Republicans to resurrect their wounded party may take longer than anyone thinks. The race to succeed Chairman Dick Wadhams, who decided not to run for a third term just last month, has turned into an ugly mess, and the ultimate victor — to be decided March 26 at the Republican state central committee meeting — will have his hands full trying to unite a party split along not only ideological lines, but with major crevices at its very foundation.

Girls with Goals introduce kids to life at the Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

Maybe there’s a future senator in the mix?

Thirty-five fifth-grade girls spent last Friday at the state Capitol, learning some of the ropes of being a state senator, writing bills, and observing second reading debates on bills about security scanners and license plates.

Amy Stephens: The Majority Leader on the business of running the House

The Colorado Statesman

House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, talked to The Colorado Statesman on March 1 about learning to run the floor and the House; her relationship with the Speaker of the House, Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch; her treatment by the press, the women she admires in the Legislature, and how her job is helping her through one of a mother’s most important transitions. Our recent conversation was part of a series on women legislators for National History Month.

Dems pick Palacio for state chairman

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats elected sixth-generation Pueblo native Rick Palacio as state chairman at the biennial reorganization meeting March 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Palacio won on the first ballot, carrying 57 percent of the vote in a three-way race against a former state senator and past chairman of a crucial swing county.

Colorado Dems party for the Party

Annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner
The Colorado Statesman

In addition to being the Colorado Democratic Party’s largest fundraiser, the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on March 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver was also a swan song for outgoing state party chairwoman Pat Waak, but she had Sandhill Cranes on her mind.

‘Government in the Grocery’ program returns to CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 constituents showed up for the return of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s “Government in the Grocery” on Saturday at a Lakewood Safeway.

First redistricting meeting focuses on Longmont

The Colorado Statesman

LOVELAND — The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting hit the road Saturday for its first two public meetings on how it should draw the maps that will set new boundaries for the state’s congressional districts.

A tribute to Pat Waak

Pat Waak leaves an impressive legacy

When Pat Waak hands over the gavel to the next state Democratic Party chair, she’ll be leaving Colorado with the blues. After serving an unprecedented three terms — the longest tenure heading state Dems in more than 50 years — Waak can point to a nearly unprecedented run at the ballot box for her party with only a few setbacks.

Denver redistricting hearing draws sparse crowd

DeGette makes pitch to keep Denver intact
The Colorado Statesman

The only redistricting hearing scheduled for the 1st Congressional District, which needs to pick up more than 56,000 people to get it to parity, drew just a smattering of public attention this week.