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Republican vice chair race is wide open

Candidates split between rural and urban delegates

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Colorado Republicans are seeking a path out of the political wilderness, they may get the map from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who will speak at “Blueprint for tomorrow” dinner at the Denver Marriott South.

Quick approval of VA hospital cheers Bennet

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The big news in U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s weekly conference call with the local media on March 18, was the announcement of the new Veteran Affairs hospital, which will be built near Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora.

Bennet also discussed the AIG bonus scandal and the reprise of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act 2009.

Bennet opened by thanking Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, for ending nearly a decade of uncertainty about Colorado’s new VA hospital.

Gossip: 3/13/09

FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN

When the Executive Committee of Colorado Legislature considers which “admonitions” to recommend against lobbyist Erik Groves, House Minority Leader Mike May will be sitting on the front bench.

“I plan to vote,” said May.

Some observers perceive a conflict in May voting in a matter in which he became involved.

“I don’t give a damn,” he declared.

RNC Chair Michael Steele sets Denver visit

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele plans a Denver visit on March 20, and members of the Colorado Black Republican Forum are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face with “the new face of the GOP.”

Members of the CBRF believe Steele’s election ushers in a new era for the Republican Party, demonstrating that Democrats don’t have a lock on the black vote.

Victory in stem cell battle sweet for DeGette

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, of Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, watched President Barack Obama sign an executive order lifting the ban on embryonic stem-cell research on Monday, March 9, the Colorado Democrat was overwhelmed by a sense of victory in a hard-fought battle.

Dems celebrate victories

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Democrats, fresh off an amazingly successful election year that turned the state from purple to bright blue, celebrated their accomplishments last weekend at the 76th annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.

Dem party officers all reelected by acclamation

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Democrats breezed through their state central committee meeting on Sunday afternoon, easily reelecting their current slate of party officers by acclamation, and setting up a new labor initiative within their party. Several hundred members also heard uplifting comments from congressional members who joined them at the Colorado Convention Center for the biennial party reorganizational meeting.

Colorado women respond to call for action

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Hard economic times aren’t going to stand in the way of the 270 or so women who showed up at the Colorado History Museum at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, for the 20th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Women’s Issues.

Keynote speaker Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way, led off the call to action with a quotation from American poet Adrienne Rich.

White House Project urges women to seek office

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Just as surely as March follows February and Women’s History Month follows Black History Month, members of The White House Project believe the election of America’s first woman president will follow shortly after the election of its first Black president.

Twitter messages inform politicos, constituents

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As debate over Senate Bill 228 dragged into the wee hours of the morning on March 3, Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, used his Blackberry to send Twitter updates to his constituents.