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Kolomitz cleared of wrongdoing in campaign scandal

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Greg Kolomitz, who faced professional disgrace after it was disclosed in April that he mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars as Gov. Ritter’s campaign manager in 2006, has now been cleared of wrongdoing by 18th Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers.

Political pairing a perfect power play

Three years ago Jean Galloway, president of a highly respected consulting firm in Denver which specializes in corporate philanthropy and community relations, saw then-First Lady Frances Owens at an event for “Open Your Hearts to Newborns in Need.”

Coalition vows to take on health care ‘nightmare’

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Calling the health care system a “nightmare” and a “catastrophic problem,” an immense coalition of state and national groups announced a sweeping campaign to push for its overhaul.

Hickenlooper tuned out

Unauthorized version of anthem creates speech's only fireworks

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In his fifth “State of the City” address on Tuesday, July 1, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper ran off a laundry list of accomplishments and named 25 “practical, down-to-earth programs and enterprises” he hopes will come to fruition in the coming year.

There weren’t many surprises in the mayor’s remarks — especially compared with the completely unexpected rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that preceded them.

Jazz singer René Marie sent a murmur of confusion through the crowd as she substituted the lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” for the familiar “O say, can you see” to the tune of the national anthem.

New cavalry in town will help fight taxation

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Former Colorado Senate President John Andrews compared the national grassroots group Americans for Prosperity to a truly mighty force during the June 24 launch of its Colorado state chapter at the Capitol.

“When I heard that Americans for Prosperity was coming to Colorado … my thought was, ‘Here comes the cavalry at last,’” said the former Republican legislator.

Usual suspects praise, slam new oil and gas rules

Hearings draw throngs to Paramount Theater

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In its ongoing quest to rewrite the rules governing the state’s oil and gas industry, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission began a multiweek series of hearings on Monday, June 23, at Denver’s downtown Paramount Theater. The verbal clashes during some of the hearings highlighted what has turned into a game of political tug-of-war, with Democrats and environmentalists on one side and Republicans and the energy industry on the other.

Voting machine tester departs, leaving questions

E-Mails Reveal Confusion

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On Dec. 20, 2007, John Gardner, the state’s voting systems expert, sent an e-mail to subordinate Department of State equipment testers entitled “Potential lame workaround.”

P-20 Council success rewarded

Ritter gives it new assignments

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When the members of Gov. Bill Ritter’s P-20 Education Coordinating Council reconvened this week, they found that, although their recommendations had led to major education reforms during the 2008 legislative session, their work was far from over.

High court looks at fund transfers from fee income

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado suffered a massive economic downturn in the years following the 9/11 attacks, resulting in the Legislature’s worst budget shortfall since World War II.

But rather than schedule a citizen vote to raise taxes — or dramatically cut spending — the Legislature attempted a third option.