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Primed for business

The Colorado Statesman

Surrounded by elected officials, business leaders, and members of his cabinet, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially unveiled his “bottom-up” plan for revitalizing the state’s economy Wednesday at a press conference in Denver’s River North district. The Colorado Blueprint: a bottom-up approach to economic development is the culmination of six months of Administration efforts to get citizen input on how government can best address the state’s economic woes, which include sluggish job growth numbers and an unemployment rate just under nine percent.

Stafford kicks off campaign for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

Dozens of supporters joined former state Rep. Debbie Stafford to kick off her campaign for mayor of Aurora at an ice cream social on July 16 at Highline Park.

A relentlessly upbeat Stafford — a domestic violence counselor, ordained reverend and certified auctioneer — spent much of the event greeting members of her enormous family, including nine grandchildren and numerous “adopted kids” she has kept in touch with since she was their youth pastor.

Summit County Republicans’ Annual Pig Roast — and skewering of Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

SILVERTHORNE — Tradition runs deep in Colorado’s mountains and valleys and nowhere was that more evident than outside of Silverthorne earlier this month when local Republicans gathered for their annual pig roast. As Summit County GOP Chair Debra Irvine explained to newcomers who joined several dozen more seasoned participants at the magnificent TYL ranch a few miles out of town, the annual event began a few years ago as a sort of thank you to party volunteers who helped clean up a portion of nearby Highway 9, which the local GOP had adopted.

Colorado GOP could move caucuses to February

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans are considering moving the party’s 2012 caucuses ahead by a month to Feb. 7 if other states jump the gun and abandon a plan to delay the start of the presidential nominating calendar, state GOP Chairman Ryan Call told The Colorado Statesman on Tuesday.

Vidal bids farewell, thanks city workers

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Thousands of Denver city employees filled Civic Center Park on Wednesday to share a meal and hear outgoing interim Mayor Bill Vidal and his successor, Mayor-elect Michael Hancock, thank them for their hard work. The annual City Spirit Picnic afforded a carnival-like atmosphere — complete with popcorn, cotton candy, sno-cones, and raffle prizes — just days before Hancock will be sworn in to govern Colorado’s largest city. Vidal greeted hungry workers as they entered a line to grab nearly 4,000 sack lunches provided by Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Business execs focus on healthier kids at roundtable

The Colorado Statesman

A group of Denver-based CEOs told Mayor-elect Michael Hancock to focus his administration on the health and education of the city’s children at a roundtable discussion last week. That’s in addition to familiar pleas to cut red tape at city hall, abolish nuisance taxes and treat residents like customers — all suggestions offered at a meeting Hancock held on July 7 with some of the biggest names in the city’s business community.

El Paso County GOP allows dissident Anderson to stay on as party secretary — at least for now

Special to The Colorado Statesman

COLO. SPRINGS — An emotionally beaten Sarah Anderson emerged from a closed-door four-hour meeting of the El Paso County GOP executive committee meeting late Thursday night, her eyes red from shedding tears over a fight about her future with the county party.

“No comment,” said the 22-year-old normally outspoken secretary of the El Paso County Republican Party.

Dems launch challenges in CD races

2012 Congressional District boundaries still unclear
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic legislators will be led by two congressional candidates next year with a third serving in the Colorado House. Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and state Rep. Joe Miklosi, D-Denver, this week joined House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, launching bids to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton, respectively, even though congressional lines won’t be known for months.

Mayor-elect Hancock names chief of staff

Sinden tapped as Hancock's first mayoral appointee
The Colorado Statesman

With just under two weeks to go until he takes office, Denver’s Mayor-elect Michael Hancock named Janice Sinden as his chief of staff this week. It’s the first job the incoming mayor has filled in his new administration, and it will be key to filling the remaining more than 60 appointments he will make, he said.

Hancock introduced Sinden, currently the executive director of Colorado Concern, a consortium of state business leaders, at a press conference in Civic Center Park on Tuesday.

Security chiefs in Denver talk about transport terror

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Transportation experts and officials from across the country gathered at the Denver Art Museum on June 28 to hear Craig Coy, a leading authority on mass transportation security and counterterrorism, speak about the challenges facing their industry. The event, organized by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, better known as The CELL, was part of a national conference on transit security that was held in Denver.