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Lamborn takes on Big 3 bailout

Pushes for free-market fix

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The $25 billion bailout for ailing American automakers “is a Band-Aid,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn, who believes the package will not rescue Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

On Nov. 20, Lamborn introduced a bill that offers what he called “a long-term solution” to American auto manufacturers’ economic crisis. That same day, the Senate postponed voting on the proposed bailout package until December.

Divergent views reveal GOP schisms

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republicans are facing new realities in the wake of the 2008 election, which hit the GOP like a Katrina-scale political hurricane.

Barack Obama stormed Colorado, and Democrats captured all but two of the state’s nine seats in the upper and lower houses of the U.S. Congress.

The GOP will almost assuredly lose the Department of State when incumbent Secretary of State Mike Coffman goes to Washington to represent Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

Panel to study Lincoln

Conservatives unimpressed by focus on first GOP president

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For those who deem Gov. Bill Ritter’s frequent formation of “blue ribbon” commissions a waste of time, the press release his office dropped into in-boxes Nov. 20 must have looked like manna from heaven.

“New commission to study the significance of Abraham Lincoln Presidency in preparation of 2009 bicentennial celebration,” the press release began.

Wadhams seeking re-election

McInnis, Hesse want to broaden GOP base

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dick Wadhams is good at attracting publicity, but speculation that he would hold a press conference to announce his bid for re-election as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party turned out to be a bit exaggerated.

“I’m not doing anything that grandiose,” Wadhams said with a laugh, clearly enjoying the prospect.

Dems seek to centralize elections

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Some Republicans think it’s more than a coincidence that statehouse Democrats are preparing legislation for the upcoming session designed to take key electoral duties away from county clerks and put them under the control of the yet-to-be-named secretary of state.

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.”