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Immigration crowd upstages VIPs

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

NORTHGLENN — In Colorado, nothing can attract a crowd quite like a discussion of immigration reform.

Last Saturday afternoon, men, women and children poured into the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Northglenn, filling it past its seating capacity, waving signs and flags and chanting “Si,se puede!” (loosely translated as “Yes, we can!”).

Larimer County GOP celebrates Flag Day with families, friends and flavorful food

Candidates net votes at lakeside "Shrimp Boil"

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — Larimer County Republicans gathered at the lakeside home of Don and Dianne Shannon in a tony southwest suburb of Fort Collins to hear speeches from candidates, savor boiled shrimp and salivate over the news that next year’s state GOP Assembly will be held at the Budweiser Events Center in nearby Loveland.

Bennet fields political questions from students

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s junior U.S. senator gets trounced regularly for refusing to take a public stand on such important issues as the Employee Free Choice Act. But Sen. Michael Bennet didn’t hold back when he was grilled by high school students instead of reporters or political opponents.

Ethics probe into Colorado Springs to be secret

Mayor Lionel Rivera alleged to have conflict of interest in negotiating deal

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The city’s two-member Independent Ethics Commission plans to interview Mayor Lionel Rivera about allegations that he had a conflict of interest in negotiating a $53 million deal to prevent the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and training site from moving out of town.

Ritter upbeat after Governors' conference

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter has returned from the Western Governor’s Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting with renewed enthusiasm for Colorado’s renewable energy plans.

In a conference call to reporters from Park City, Utah, where the three-day meeting ended on Tuesday, Ritter said he would leave confident that Colorado is on the right policy path.

State working to counter poverty's effect on children

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The sun finally broke through the clouds for the first morning in weeks on Tuesday as Colorado Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien stood on the West Steps of the Capitol to speak to the media about the 2009 KidsCount in Colorado! Report.

Spurned unions lash Ritter

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Gov. Bill Ritter is a friend to labor, some are wondering, what does an enemy look like?

After wielding his veto pen twice in three weeks to strike down two bills promoted by organized labor, Ritter finds himself taking jabs from self-proclaimed “friends” as he attempts to mitigate damages and mend important Democratic fences.

Ritter's new COO draws GOP fire

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of Colorado’s Republican Party were quick to criticize Gov. Bill Ritter’s June 8 appointment of Don Elliman, the head of his Office of Economic Development and International Trade, as Colorado’s first Chief Operating Officer. Ritter created the post to facilitate Colorado’s economic recovery and to implement the state’s portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The South Metro Denver Chamber takes on politics through mock election

Republicrats vs. Demicans vs. Librarians! Oh my!

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Late one evening, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce marketing consultants Deverik Wilder and Brian Bartony were drinking wine and brainstorming ways to get the chamber’s membership more involved in politics.

“Maybe it was the wine,” said Wilder, “but we came up with the idea of having a mock election for governor. I challenged Brian — and he came back at me! Now we have our Election 2009.”

Ethics panel to hear complaint against Colorado Springs mayor

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — A panel convenes June 12 to reconsider a complaint that accuses Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera of breeching the city’s ethics ordinance. The complaint filed by Ron Johnson accuses Rivera of having a conflict of interest in negotiating a deal to keep the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters here.