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Daschle calls for universal care

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In his keynote address at a Dec. 5 health care summit at the Denver Performing Arts Center, former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, of South Dakota, President-elect Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, said health reform is one of Obama’s top priorities.

Officials eye stimulus package

Proposed cash infusion draws hope, skepticism

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate President Harry Reid unveiled plans for a $400 billion to $500 billion stimulus package for the states. The same day, the National Bureau of Economic Research said that the United States has been in a recession since December 2007.

‘Jobs by June’ seems distant goal for legislative panel

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As members of the Colorado Legislature’s nascent Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth met in the Capitol for a second time, it became increasingly apparent that there’s no easy way for them to fulfill their charge of creating “Jobs by June.”

Voting rules author says standards unachievable

New equipment tests contributed to decertification

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Remember a year ago, when county clerks kept moaning that the state’s standards for testing voting equipment were impossibly high?

That’s just as it was supposed to be, according to testimony Tuesday from one of the chief authors of Colorado’s rules for testing voting equipment.

Paul Craft, a voting consultant from the Freeman, Craft, McGregor Group in Florida, co-chaired a nine-person panel of IT experts that rewrote the standards for testing the state’s electronic voting equipment in the spring of 2007.

El Paso County Dems revved to take more seats

Cite GOP's vulnerability for supporting tax increase

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Paso County Democrats are outnumbered in Colorado’s most populated and conservative “red” county, but they’re abundantly enthusiastic about the prospect of capturing more Republican-held seats.

Statehouse leaders tackle tough economy

Job creation panel members suggest array of solutions

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On the same day president-elect Barack Obama tried to calm financial markets by announcing his economic team, Colorado’s legislative leadership convened the first-ever meeting of the Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth to show that state leaders also will do their part to mend the broken economy.

The bipartisan, 10-member committee was announced and convened Monday, Nov. 24, and will meet five more times before the start of the legislative session in January.

Lamborn takes on Big 3 bailout

Pushes for free-market fix

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The $25 billion bailout for ailing American automakers “is a Band-Aid,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn, who believes the package will not rescue Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

On Nov. 20, Lamborn introduced a bill that offers what he called “a long-term solution” to American auto manufacturers’ economic crisis. That same day, the Senate postponed voting on the proposed bailout package until December.

Divergent views reveal GOP schisms

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republicans are facing new realities in the wake of the 2008 election, which hit the GOP like a Katrina-scale political hurricane.

Barack Obama stormed Colorado, and Democrats captured all but two of the state’s nine seats in the upper and lower houses of the U.S. Congress.

The GOP will almost assuredly lose the Department of State when incumbent Secretary of State Mike Coffman goes to Washington to represent Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

Panel to study Lincoln

Conservatives unimpressed by focus on first GOP president

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For those who deem Gov. Bill Ritter’s frequent formation of “blue ribbon” commissions a waste of time, the press release his office dropped into in-boxes Nov. 20 must have looked like manna from heaven.

“New commission to study the significance of Abraham Lincoln Presidency in preparation of 2009 bicentennial celebration,” the press release began.

Wadhams seeking re-election

McInnis, Hesse want to broaden GOP base

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dick Wadhams is good at attracting publicity, but speculation that he would hold a press conference to announce his bid for re-election as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party turned out to be a bit exaggerated.

“I’m not doing anything that grandiose,” Wadhams said with a laugh, clearly enjoying the prospect.