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Rumors fly in House leadership vote

Arm-twisting? Who, us? asks GOP

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican legislators talked of change, then elected the same people to the same positions they had held in the last session of the state House of Representatives. The status quo election quashed two different plans to challenge three of the four leadership positions — but not before two challengers unleashed accusations of high-pressure vote tactics.

First vote reform panel offers little consensus, many directions

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When Gov. Bill Ritter reviews Ken Gordon’s application to become Colorado’s next secretary of state, he’ll find one qualification no one else can match.

GOP headed for leadership turmoil, battle

McInnis, Hesse ready to take on Wadhams

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democrats were dancing in the street, cheering from car roofs and honking horns in an ecstatic celebration over Barack Obama’s presidential election. The “rock out” in Denver looked and sounded like a riotous reaction to the Broncos winning the Super Bowl.

“Colorado is an independent state,” said Senator-elect Mark Udall, assessing the outcome of the Nov. 4 election. “I don’t think it’s a blue state or a red state. This is a red, white and blue state.”

Issue losses blamed on long ballot

Voters just say 'no' (mostly)

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Faced with the longest ballot Colorado had seen since 1912, many voters threw up their hands and voted “no” on everything. At least, that’s the most common explanation offered by proponents of the ballot questions that failed to pass on Nov. 4.

Voters defeated 10 of the 14 measures.

Victorious Markey faces balancing act to hold onto CD 4

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When Betsy Markey’s campaign manager saw the results rolling in from Weld County on election night, she knew her candidate had won a seat in the United States Congress.

Polis thinks big thoughts, bides his time

Congressman-elect dreams up programs, waits for January

By Jake Harkins
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

BOULDER — Jared Polis’ Pearl Street campaign headquarters was nothing if not sprawling, taking up the entirety of a shuttered Boulder community grocer.

Voter rights groups and state officials reach deal

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After eight grueling hours of hearings and negotiations in U.S. District Court in Denver, voting rights groups and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office emerged with an agreement just after 9 p.m. Wednesday on the status of thousands of voting registrants and applicants who had been removed from the state’s voter registration rolls.

Local PR honcho seeks respectful campaign ads

Julin: 'Someone has to start'

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A year ago, the late Tim Russert addressed the 2007 Public Relations Society of America International Conference in Philadelphia and called for a change in the tenor of public discourse during the upcoming election campaigns.

Stem cell politics simmer as economy boils

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has clear priorities. She continues to promote full federal funding for embryonic stem cell research after two presidential vetoes, and she vows to reintroduce her Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act as soon as Congress reconvenes under a new president.

In August, she released a book on the subject — Sex, Science and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason, in which she casts a liberal’s eye on the politics surrounding stem cell science.

Voter drives slam registration training

State's manual contradicts Colorado law

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The training manual produced by the Colorado secretary of state’s office for this year’s voter registration drives erroneously indicated that Social Security numbers would serve as adequate identification in all instances when would-be voters filled out voter registration forms.