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Suthers to seek re-election

AG scraps Senate plans

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — “I love my job!” Colorado Attorney General John Suthers told a group of about 50 fans gathered at an El Paso County Republican Meet-up Group at the Valley Hi Golf Club’s Caddy Shack restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 22, three days before he would announce his decision to stay in Colorado.

Spirit of Obama electrifies King Marade

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that took a giant leap toward realization in November, when America’s first black president-elect, Barack Obama, stood up and said, “Yes we can.”

Salazar takes reins at Interior at tumultuous time

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Inauguration Day, Ken Salazar became the 50th U.S. secretary of the Department of the Interior and the sixth Coloradan to serve in the post.

Until now, Colorado has been tied with Ohio and Illinois, each of which contributed five Interior secretaries to the United States.

With Salazar — who is the first Interior secretary born in Colorado — the Centennial State becomes the champion state for providing Interior secretaries.

Springs Council rethinks TABOR repeal

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Standing in blowing snow outside Colorado Springs City Hall, anti-tax crusaders were steaming mad that City Council members were contemplating a repeal of TABOR, the Taxpayers Bill of Rights authored by former Rep. Doug Bruce.

Inside, Council members’ rigid support for TABOR repeal was melting away.

Buescher sworn in as secretary of state

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For the first time since 1963, a Democrat is serving as Colorado’s secretary of state.

Former Grand Junction Democratic state representative and businessman Bernie Buescher ascended to the office Wednesday, Jan. 14, after breezing through Senate confirmation hearings.

Bennet woos, wins most in Grand Junction

By Ellen Miller
COLORADO STATESMAN WEST SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Senate-designee Michael Bennet impressed Western Slope residents by “being smart and being open” during his stops in the region, towed along by Gov. Bill Ritter, as he prepared to take his seat in the U.S. Senate when Ken Salazar is confirmed as Interior secretary.

Bennet started out telling a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 at Mesa State College that when Ritter first interviewed him, “I told him, ‘If you don’t pick me for the job, nobody will complain.’”

Relatively unknown Bennet tapped to replace Salazar

Prospect of 2010 Senate race against Bennet has GOP salivating

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It seemed to come out of nowhere.

The appointment of Denver Public School superintendent Michael Bennet — a political outsider — shocked the most connected Democrats and nearly every Republican in Colorado. Bennet will fill out the remainder of Sen. Ken Salazar’s term while his one-time boss, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, stays home.

All eyes are on Markey’s congressional debut

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Betsy Markey has no time to waste.

Within hours of her unexpected win in the 4th Congressional District, Colorado politicos were speculating about possible Republican challengers to unseat her in 2010. The Democrat — who had never been elected to any office before she beat three-term Republican incumbent Rep. Marilyn Musgrave by a resounding margin in November — looks vulnerable to a list of possible challengers that has grown steadily since Election Day.

Small rally bolsters Obama economic plan

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two days before President-elect Barack Obama addressed the nation to kick off a campaign on behalf of his economic recovery package, Democratic officeholders, members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, environmentalists and other local progressives held a small rally at the Capitol to show their support.

“We need to come together today because we are a nation and a state in crisis,” said Linda Medlock, legislative community organizer for ACORN.

Coffman sets sights high as representative of CD 6

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While there were some surprises in November, Mike Coffman’s victory in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District was not among them. The secretary of state handily defeated his Democratic opponent with about 60 percent of the vote. But getting to the finish line proved to be somewhat burdensome. Coffman survived a contentious four-way primary as well as early opposition to his candidacy from some party leaders concerned that his election would most likely signal the appointment of a Democratic replacement by the governor. On top of that, Coffman had a tumultuous year overseeing elections in the state following a series of voting equipment failures and public scrutiny over some of his rulings in the secretary of state’s office.