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Relatively unknown Bennet tapped to replace Salazar

Prospect of 2010 Senate race against Bennet has GOP salivating

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It seemed to come out of nowhere.

The appointment of Denver Public School superintendent Michael Bennet — a political outsider — shocked the most connected Democrats and nearly every Republican in Colorado. Bennet will fill out the remainder of Sen. Ken Salazar’s term while his one-time boss, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, stays home.

All eyes are on Markey’s congressional debut

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Betsy Markey has no time to waste.

Within hours of her unexpected win in the 4th Congressional District, Colorado politicos were speculating about possible Republican challengers to unseat her in 2010. The Democrat — who had never been elected to any office before she beat three-term Republican incumbent Rep. Marilyn Musgrave by a resounding margin in November — looks vulnerable to a list of possible challengers that has grown steadily since Election Day.

Small rally bolsters Obama economic plan

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two days before President-elect Barack Obama addressed the nation to kick off a campaign on behalf of his economic recovery package, Democratic officeholders, members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, environmentalists and other local progressives held a small rally at the Capitol to show their support.

“We need to come together today because we are a nation and a state in crisis,” said Linda Medlock, legislative community organizer for ACORN.

Coffman sets sights high as representative of CD 6

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While there were some surprises in November, Mike Coffman’s victory in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District was not among them. The secretary of state handily defeated his Democratic opponent with about 60 percent of the vote. But getting to the finish line proved to be somewhat burdensome. Coffman survived a contentious four-way primary as well as early opposition to his candidacy from some party leaders concerned that his election would most likely signal the appointment of a Democratic replacement by the governor. On top of that, Coffman had a tumultuous year overseeing elections in the state following a series of voting equipment failures and public scrutiny over some of his rulings in the secretary of state’s office.

Dem starts early at unenviable run for CD 6

By Peter Jones
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican Mike Coffman has yet to be sworn in as the newest representative of Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, but a Democratic challenger is already itching to unseat him.

Buescher wins secretary of state nod

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The morning after Bernie Buescher’s shocking Nov. 4 loss in his Grand Junction legislative district, Gov. Bill Ritter said in his election wrap-up press conference that he had a feeling the defeat did not mean Buescher’s work in state government had ended.

Salazar’s nomination for Interior opens floodgates as Dems posture for Senate seat

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The nomination of U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar to be Secretary of Interior and the soon-to-be vacancy of his office means that some lucky Democrat in the state can count on a big present from Santa Bill (Ritter) within the next couple of weeks.

Gov. Ritter offers state version of stimulus package

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter on Thursday offered his fixes to economic problems that were spawned on Wall Street but are now hitting home in Colorado, including the credit crunch and rising unemployment.

“We will be better than many other states,” Ritter said, “but we will not avoid the effects of the economic downturn.”

Feds’ $1.4 billion won’t fix job loss, Ritter cautions

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Even as Gov. Bill Ritter sounded an optimistic note about Colorado’s chances of winning $1.4 billion in federal funds to stimulate the economy, an allusion to Colorado’s lack of long-term transportation funding darkened his remarks.

“It’s one-time money. And we have to treat it as one-time money,” Ritter cautioned at a hearing Monday, Dec. 15, before the Colorado Legislature’s Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth.

DeGette satisfied where she is, unafraid of Senate race

DeGette satisfied where she is, unafraid of Senate race

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

There have been times, over the past eight years of the Bush administration, that U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, has seemed a bit — well, tense.

But Democratic victories in Congress and the presidency seem to have helped her get in touch with her relaxed, joyful side.