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Four Corners tourism endangered by smog

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s easy to tell why the Four Corners area — where Colorado’s border meets the borders of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah — is a popular tourist destination.

Bennet returns to ‘hood for schooling

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The students in the Denver Public School district have not forgotten Colorado’s newest senator, Michael Bennet.

As he finished interviews with reporters at Bruce Randolph Middle School on Tuesday and raced through the school’s cafeteria on his way to meet with teachers, a group of young students yelled across the room.

GOP's Chuck Hagel opens CU's World Affairs Conference

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The 61st annual Conference on World Affairs kicked off in Boulder this week with a nice dose of Republican energy as Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel delivered the keynote speech to a packed Macky Auditorium.

AFL-CIO leader touts EFCA campaign

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The heat is on when it comes to the Employee Free Choice Act.

One week after U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue came to Denver to talk to business leaders about the importance of opposing the EFCA, a major labor leader made stops up and down the Front Range to promote the proposed legislation.

Drug researchers fete breakthroughs at Capitol

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

President Obama’s call last month for America to find “a cure for cancer in our time” began to take shape at the Statehouse on Wednesday as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a pharmaceutical industry trade association, announced that a record 861 new cancer medicines and vaccines are currently being researched and tested.

Both sides on EFCA set sights on Bennet

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Officially, it’s called the Employee Free Choice Act. Republicans call it Card Check. No matter the name, it’s the hot political topic of 2009, and it could prove troublesome for Colorado’s newest senator, Democrat Michael Bennet.

At its heart, the EFCA eases union organization rules and, in theory, clears a path for organized labor to eliminate a secret ballot in elections on whether to unionize. Republicans and business leaders say union bosses will use the open voting process to intimidate voters they know oppose unionization.

GOP re-elects 'liberal' Wadhams

'Kick those liberals out!' implores challenger Tucker

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“There’s your headline! Republicans elect liberal party chair!” exclaimed newly re-elected Colorado GOP Chair Dick Wadhams before bounding down the aisle to deliver his acceptance speech on the stage of the Douglas County High School auditorium.

Despite being labeled a “liberal” by one of his two challengers, Wadhams won by a landslide — capturing 310 of 366 votes cast by state GOP central committee members.

Steele tells young Republicans ‘Your time is now’

RNC Chair Steele leads ?Big Tent? revival

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Headlining the “Blueprint for Tomorrow” dinner on the eve of the state GOP’s leadership election, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was on a mission to ramp up enthusiasm, reawaken conservative fiscal values and revamp the party’s “small tent” image.

Romanoff skirts rumors, focuses on school buildings

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Back in the Capitol and making his first public appearance in many weeks, Denver Democrat and former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff wasn’t saying much about rumors that he may run a primary against newly appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

Danish prince and princess reign at groundbreaking

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

BRIGHTON — Capping off a three-day spree of new job announcements, Gov. Bill Ritter joined Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Brighton Wednesday at the official groundbreaking ceremony for two Vestas manufacturing plants. The plants, which will produce wind turbine components, are expected to employ 1,350 people when they open in 2010.