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Bill aims to re-enfranchise military

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The battles of American soldiers protecting democracy abroad are reported daily. Their struggle to have their votes counted in home front elections, however, remains largely unknown.

The problems are collateral damage in the conflict between bureaucratic prerequisites and election deadlines that must be met despite unpredictable mail delivery of ballots.

Tour of Longmont solar-energy plant encourages Udall

Udall says Congress 'had to act' on stimulus package

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LONGMONT — On a tour of one of Colorado’s newest renewable energy manufacturing plants, Sen. Mark Udall said he is excited over the potential for Colorado to be a worldwide leader in renewable energy. The first-term Democratic senator also said the $787 billion stimulus plan signed by President Barack Obama this week will help towards that goal.

Sunshine brightens Denver museum’s public image

By Elizabeth Stortroen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

From the ground, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science looks much like any other museum in the country.

But from the air, you can see the 465 solar panels installed on its roof, and you soon realize that the museum has become emblematic of investment in the new energy economy.

Constituents give Markey grief over stimulus package

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — Residents of this Northern Colorado town were giving no love to their homegrown member of Congress on Sunday.

Partisanship prevails at Ft. Morgan GOP Dinner

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Lest there be any doubt about it, partisanship is alive and well on the eastern plains of Colorado. And Republicans in Morgan County wouldn’t want it any other way.

Fans hound 'rock star' NY Times columnist Friedman with ideas for new energy economy

By Katherine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Award-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who has been described as the rock star of foreign affairs, is unlike other celebrities who sell out the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium in Boulder.

Instead of room keys, he gets business cards.

Frazier's star rises in GOP

By Peter Jones
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Few suburban officeholders in the metro area have received the kind of attention Ryan Frazier attracts. That may be because the 31-year-old, two-term, at-large Aurora City Council member has proven to be not your typical city official.

Leadership elections reveal future Dem, GOP aims

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A flurry of Democratic and Republican central committee meetings are being held in Colorado’s 64 counties to elect officers and bonus members — the folks who will meet next month to elect their state party leadership teams. Most of the county party elections — for both Democrats and Republicans — are calling for “change” and “hope” to energize voters.

Blacks hold special place in Colorado’s history

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

How much do you know about Black History Month? Take this short quiz to test your knowledge.

Saccone leaves news biz for Attorney General's Office

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Another Colorado political reporter is leaving the industry, and this time the evacuee is the go-to source for Western Slope legislative news.

Mike Saccone, political reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and writer of the Sentinel’s well-read “Political Notebook” blog, has accepted a job as communications director for the Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, ending a three-year stint at the Western Slope’s largest daily newspaper.