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Coffman credits GOP with taking on tough tasks

The Colorado Statesman

The easy way out would have been to vote against the compromise on raising the federal debt ceiling earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman told a crowd at a fundraising luncheon for the state GOP last Thursday in Denver.

If he’d done that, Coffman said, he could have told conservative audiences he stood in the way of more government borrowing, and he could have told liberal audiences he had drawn the line against deep spending cuts.

Republicans, Dems cast Orwellian shadows over state redistricting

but courts will have final say
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats and Republicans compared each other’s latest congressional redistricting maps to the writings of George Orwell earlier this week after the political parties unveiled proposals ahead of a court date this fall.

But whether either side is engaging in Orwellian “newspeak” or displaying the heavy hand of Big Brother, the competing plans suggest starkly different futures for the next decade’s worth of congressional elections in Colorado.

Health care exchange watch dog growls about the role of the feds

The Colorado Statesman

Republican State Rep. Bob Gardner, vice-chairman of a committee charged with keeping watch over Colorado’s health care insurance exchange board, raised concerns to the board last Monday about federal regulations for the virtual health insurance marketplace in Colorado.

One Colorado presents its 'Ally Awards'

The Colorado Statesman

A dazzling crowd of gay and straight allies, including both of Colorado’s U.S. senators and an array of elected officials from throughout the state, turned out on a crystal-clear evening Saturday at the Denver Botanic Gardens to celebrate progress and honor individuals who have advanced the cause of gay civil rights.

Hey, Jude

Sandvall mounts uphill challenge for Aurora mayor

The Colorado Statesman

By most conventional measures, Jude Sandvall’s run for mayor of Aurora would have to be called a longshot, and that’s being charitable. The conservative barely registers in the polling — only a smidgeon of a point above the margin of error — and has raised just a fraction of the cash his better-known opponents have banked.

Hancock pledges: "Better, faster and stronger" city

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told a gathering of the region’s most powerful business leaders he intends to deliver a “better, faster and stronger” city in his first major speech, delivered on Aug. 17, just 30 days after he took office.

Energy debate hits home at congressional field hearing

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Monday called for a price on carbon emissions and reform to the nation’s tax and regulatory codes as federal lawmakers debate sustainability policies.

Friednash takes oath as Denver’s new City Attorney

It was a standing room only crowd that gathered Monday in the Parr-Widener Community Room at the City and County Building in Denver to witness the swearing-in of Doug Friednash as Denver’s new city attorney.

Matt Jones announces 2012 state senate bid

Democratic state Rep. Matt Jones formally announced his candidacy on Thursday for state senate in Senate District 17, which covers portions of eastern Boulder County including Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, and western Erie. The seat is currently held by Brandon Shaffer, who is term limited. Jones is currently serving his fourth term as a state representative.

WTC steel makes strong statement in Denver

Special to The Colorado Statesman

When Melanie Pearlman, the executive director of Denver’s counterterrorism educational center found the perfect World Trade Center artifact to be displayed at an exhibit about terrorism next month, she thought, “This one’s just right.”