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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.

Holland & Hart attorneys get firsthand experience on Obama's transition team

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two local attorneys with a decided penchant for politics and public policy are now back at work in the Denver law office of Holland & Hart after spending a couple months late last year into January working as part of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.

Springs GOP Lincoln Day Gala

Republicans dine, talk, sing and diss Obama

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The El Paso County Republican Party’s gala was billed as a celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday — but much of the evening’s rhetoric was devoted to the denigration of President Barack Obama.