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A peek at applications for secretary of state

Compiled from applications to serve as Colorado's next Secretary of State

The Colorado Statesman

No question seems too personal these days in the vetting of political appointees.

Those applying for a job in Barack Obama’s administration are required to fill out a seven-page, 63-question grilling. Among other revelations, they must disclose any traffic tickets over $50.

Mapping the future of state GOP

Republican leaders share their views

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican leaders are assessing the damage done to their party by the 2008 election, in which Barack Obama stormed Colorado and Democrats captured an unprecedented seven of the state’s nine seats in the upper and lower houses of the U.S. Congress.

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.