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Labor Secretary Solis stumps for Obama's job bill in Denver

Solis urges local Latinos to keep pressure on Congress
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis urged a packed house of area Latino leaders and some of the state’s top officials to keep pressure on Congress to pass the president’s jobs proposal during a visit to Denver on Monday. She said key provisions of the bill — extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits, both set to expire at the end of the year — would continue spurring an economy she acknowledged isn’t adding jobs as fast as anyone would like.

Pabon elected deputy whip

A contested election by House Democrats this week for the position of deputy minority whip pitted three well-liked state representatives against each other — but the eventual election of Dan Pabon on the second ballot proved genial with fellow contenders Crisanta Duran and Max Tyler pledging their support afterwards.

Hickenlooper tosses COIN into economic development pool

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Monday the creation of a statewide initiative designed to bring together inventors and entrepreneurs with an aim of increasing the number of manufacturing jobs in Colorado while boosting the state’s reputation as a hotbed of innovation.

Pointing to areas around the country that combine cutting-edge research with market-shaking entrepreneurial zeal — from California’s Silicon Valley to comparable corridors in Massachusetts and North Carolina — Hickenlooper said it was time for Colorado to do what it can to join those ranks.

House Dems tap Ferrandino as Minority Leader

Rep. Claire Levy goes to JBC in leadership shuffle
The Colorado Statesman

House Democrats elected state Rep. Mark Ferrandino as the caucus’s minority leader by acclamation on Nov. 18, making the Denver Democrat the first openly gay man to win a top leadership spot at the Colorado Capitol. Ferrandino takes over for congressional candidate Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, who announced earlier this month he was stepping down from the post.

In one of his first official acts, Ferrandino named Minority Whip Claire Levy, D-Boulder, to take his place on the powerful Joint Budget Committee, which began wrestling with next year’s budget earlier this month.

Personhood measure heading back to ballot

The third time a charm?
The Colorado Statesman

Fresh off a thumping at the polls in Mississippi, supporters of a constitutional amendment that would legally define a fertilized egg as a person are back for a third try with Colorado voters.

On Monday, Arvada-based Personhood USA unveiled a measure that’s been substantially rewritten from ballot initiatives Colorado voters shot down by wide margins in the last two general elections.

Brown tells GOP donors to set aside abortion fights

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown — probably the closest thing the state GOP has to an elder statesman — urged a group of activist Republicans and major donors to the party to stop letting the divisive issue of abortion get in the way of electing Republicans. Speaking at a monthly fundraising luncheon thrown by the state GOP last Thursday, Brown told the group of about 100 that it was folly for federal candidates to draw sharp lines over abortion because, in the end, there’s not much they can do about it once in office.

Veterans dig new hospital going up in Aurora

First groundbreaking for VA hospital was in 2009
The Colorado Statesman

It was the second time they brought shovels to the pile of dirt in Aurora, but this time they meant it.

A group of about 150 veterans and their supporters on Monday joined U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter — universally hailed as the driving force behind the long-stalled regional veterans hospital — and other congressional dignitaries to celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the proposed Denver VA Medical Center replacement facility at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora.

Glenn R. Jones to be honored by Mizel Museum

The Mizel Museum is pleased to announce Glenn R. Jones as the recipient of its 2012 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding community contributions, the Mizel Museum Community Enrichment Award will be presented at the 22nd Annual Gala Dinner on May 23, 2012. As the 2012 honoree, Jones will join the list of notable past recipients including Sharon Magness Blake, Dean Singleton, Norman Brownstein, Anna and John Sie, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

GOP's Stapleton, Gessler jab Hick

Complain that Guv avoids controversy, lacks leadership
The Colorado Statesman

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Secretary of State Scott Gessler berated Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper for refusing to take controversial positions when the two Republicans spoke on Monday before a conservative audience in Lakewood.

Supreme Court nixes plans for reapportionment

Commission must go back to the drawing board
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected proposals for redrawing state legislative boundaries that focused on competitive districts, sending the maps back to the Reapportionment Commission for further work after ruling that the House and Senate districts are not “sufficiently attentive to county boundaries.”