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Rep. John Salazar tapped for Appropriations

Cabinet post less likely now

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Rep. John Salazar’s political star is rising. In November, the Democrat was easily re-elected for a third term representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which is considered a swing district. And just this week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi selected him to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Updated rules for oil and gas industry fuel outcry by some Republican legislators

Reps. Greg Brophy, Laura Bradford might introduce legislation if final version of rules pose a risk to jobs

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission unanimously approved updates to state rules that it says will provide greater protections for Colorado’s water, wildlife and communities while enabling the state’s oil and gas industry to thrive. But the announcement mid-week has already angered legislative Republicans who feel that the Commission is usurping the role of the General Assembly in drafting new rules governing the energy industry in the state. Republicans are also upset about the potential effect the new rules could have on Colorado’s faltering economy.

National labor fight embroils DIA, Auraria Campus

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Emma Cerna didn’t like being stuck making $8 an hour working in the food services section of Denver International Airport while other employees at the airport made $2.50 an hour more, so she recently decided it was time to organize.

Victory lies in values, Republican leaders say

'Our message is sound and doesn't need changing'

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sip the coffee; smell reality in the icy air!

Republicans — still swooning over the dizzying Democratic Party victories of 2008 — have just encountered a bad omen for 2010.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar launched his first re-election bid fundraiser and scooped up more than $400,000 — with lots of that cash coming from Republican heavy hitters, including Stewart Bliss, Bill Coors, Martin Mart, Greg Maffei, Larry Mizel, Blair Richardson and Daniel Ritchie.

Daschle calls for universal care

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In his keynote address at a Dec. 5 health care summit at the Denver Performing Arts Center, former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, of South Dakota, President-elect Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, said health reform is one of Obama’s top priorities.

Officials eye stimulus package

Proposed cash infusion draws hope, skepticism

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate President Harry Reid unveiled plans for a $400 billion to $500 billion stimulus package for the states. The same day, the National Bureau of Economic Research said that the United States has been in a recession since December 2007.

‘Jobs by June’ seems distant goal for legislative panel

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As members of the Colorado Legislature’s nascent Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth met in the Capitol for a second time, it became increasingly apparent that there’s no easy way for them to fulfill their charge of creating “Jobs by June.”

Voting rules author says standards unachievable

New equipment tests contributed to decertification

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Remember a year ago, when county clerks kept moaning that the state’s standards for testing voting equipment were impossibly high?

That’s just as it was supposed to be, according to testimony Tuesday from one of the chief authors of Colorado’s rules for testing voting equipment.

Paul Craft, a voting consultant from the Freeman, Craft, McGregor Group in Florida, co-chaired a nine-person panel of IT experts that rewrote the standards for testing the state’s electronic voting equipment in the spring of 2007.

El Paso County Dems revved to take more seats

Cite GOP's vulnerability for supporting tax increase

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Paso County Democrats are outnumbered in Colorado’s most populated and conservative “red” county, but they’re abundantly enthusiastic about the prospect of capturing more Republican-held seats.

Statehouse leaders tackle tough economy

Job creation panel members suggest array of solutions

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On the same day president-elect Barack Obama tried to calm financial markets by announcing his economic team, Colorado’s legislative leadership convened the first-ever meeting of the Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth to show that state leaders also will do their part to mend the broken economy.

The bipartisan, 10-member committee was announced and convened Monday, Nov. 24, and will meet five more times before the start of the legislative session in January.