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Longtime Ritter aide enjoying the quiet life

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Many people will be surprised to learn Gov. Bill Ritter’s longtime executive assistant won’t be answering the phone or greeting visitors at the state Capitol this session.

Growing up in governor’s mansion has ups and downs

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Steve McNichols Jr. grew up part of a political dynasty.

His grandfather, William H. McNichols, was Denver’s auditor for 24 years; his uncle Bill was Denver’s mayor from 1968-1983; and his father, Stephen, was Colorado’s Democratic governor for six years after serving as lieutenant governor and state senator.

True Western spirit alive in state Capitol

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The series of Western paintings encircling the first floor rotunda of Colorado’s State Capitol are impossible to miss; yet the artist has been easily forgotten.

Gossip, 1/22/10

WHERE’S GEORGE?

Not that long ago, former 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis proudly announced that George Culpepper had been hired to manage the Republican’s campaign for governor.

O'Brien's address to change, but not goals

By Cindy Brovsky
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Despite Gov. Bill Ritter’s bombshell announcement that he won’t seek re-election, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien will spend the 2010 legislative session much as she has spent the past three years: fighting for improvement in K-12 education and children’s health care.

InnerView with Pat Waak

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Pat Waak is the Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. She also is a member of the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee and the Association of State Democratic Chairs.

InnerView with Dick Wadhams

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Scot Kersgaard
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dick Wadhams was elected Colorado Republican State Chairman in March 2007 and reelected in March, 2009. During the 2008 campaign he also served as campaign manager for Senate candidate Bob Schaffer.

Ex-JBC members weigh in on fiscal crisis

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If the Colorado budget crisis could be framed in terms of a biblical allegory, perhaps it would be the story of Joseph persuading Pharaoh to store grain during seven boom years to get Egypt through seven lean years.

Gossip, 1/1/2010

CANDIDATES SHARE HOLIDAY SPIRITS & NEW YEAR HOPES

As carolers sang “Silver Bells” from snow-covered sidewalks, candidates rang in the holiday season with a flurry of e-mails to supporters and reporters. Some candidates shared photos of their families, some offered blessings and wishes for a brighter New Year, and a few hoped the “spirit of giving” would land more campaign contributions under their Christmas tree.

Curry drops Dems, becomes Independent

Can she win re-election in 2010 as a write-in candidate?

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State Rep. Kathleen Curry became Colorado’s only independent legislator this week when the Democrat changed her voter registration to “unaffiliated.” Curry filled out the paperwork on Monday at the Gunnison County Courthouse and then informed Gov. Bill Ritter and House Speaker Terrance Carroll of her decision.

“Terrance wasn’t happy about it, but he was respectful. He has always been respectful to me,” said Curry.

The decision, Curry said, wasn’t made hastily.