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Blake named CSU chancellor as lawmakers debate process

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sometimes even the Legislature is powerless against the inevitable.

Last week, Democratic lawmakers introduced House Bill 1369, legislation aimed at adding an additional layer of transparency to the state’s higher education system when institutions choose new presidents or chancellors.

Udall visits CSU's new infectious disease center

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — After the H1N1 virus, or Swine Flu, pandemic scare hit, it became nearly impossible to avoid the latest news about the virus — which, many believe, could spread worldwide within weeks. Although the most dire predictions are looking less and less likely to come true, the threat is real, as evidenced by the cases that have begun to emerge in Colorado.

Is Isgar in or is he out? Only the USDA can say

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For months, rumors have been flying around the Capitol that Sen. Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, will resign from his Senate District 6 seat after the session ends.

Isgar, 58, who is known as a moderate Democrat, serves an immense rural district in Colorado’s southwestern corner that includes Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, San Juan, Dolores, Montezuma, La Plata and Archuleta counties.

'Green' activists see bright side of '09 session

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In a small Senate committee room, members of Colorado’s environmental community gathered around a round table on the last day of the legislative session to recap their successes and discuss the challenges that still lie ahead.

College GOP vows high profile in 2010

By Tatianna Gruen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — A contest for the chairmanship of the Colorado Federation of College Republicans dissolved when the two candidates offered a leadership deal in a show of unity. It was derived from a long-winded coffee break between the vying candidates and a desire to follow the cue of the state party that aims to run seamless campaigns in 2010 — and avoid past contentious primaries that drained money and energy necessary to win elections.

Seven contend for SD 31

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Since April 2, when Jennifer Veiga, Colorado’s first openly gay senator, announced her decision to resign and move to Australia to help care for the ailing mother of her partner, seven candidates have emerged as contenders to replace her in Senate District 31.

Romanoff recognized for public service

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It was back to the Capitol for former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff Thursday.

During a noontime ceremony on the West Steps, Romanoff, who left the House last year when his term expired, received the Sue O’Brien Award for Public Service from the Colorado Freedom of Information Council for his successful effort to bring House floor proceedings to live television. The CFOIC represents news media, libraries, booksellers and other institutions that strive for open government.

'No child left inside' promotes outdoor education

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

No child was to be left behind under the previous administration’s education policy.

Now that Democrats control the presidency and both chambers of Congress, focus is shifting back to environmentalism, and the push is on to see that no child is left inside, either.

Rally touts equal pay for women

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Legislators and members of feminist and labor organizations were seeing red at the April 28 Equal Pay Day rally on the West steps of the Capitol.

Program offers escape from payday loans

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is banking on the National League of Cities to help promote greater financial stability for Denver residents who spend millions of dollars a year on payday-loan and check-cashing fees because they don’t have bank accounts.