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Denver Rustlers spur on State Fair’s Jr. Livestock Sale

Denver Rustlers play major role in funding college-bound 4-H youth
The Colorado Statesman

This western tale doesn’t change much from one year to the next — and that’s a good thing.

DeGette, Pelosi get earful from women business owners at forum

The Colorado Statesman

A group of women business leaders painted a grim portrait of the economic climate and didn’t sound confident in the ability of Congress to fix things anytime soon at a forum sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette on Tuesday in Denver. The event’s headliner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, acknowledged the public is fed up with what appears to be a broken government and a slack economy but told the women not to despair.

Legislators: Breaking up is hard to do

The emotional toll of reapportionment
The Colorado Statesman

Democratic lawmakers from Denver on Monday evening spoke of the emotional and political toll reapportionment is taking in their districts, especially in House District 3 where Democratic Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills, will most likely lose all of his Democratic-leaning Denver precincts and shift over to a split district within Arapahoe County.

Aurora mayoral candidates run gamut at first debate

The Colorado Statesman

Should Aurora aggressively court major developments, or have city officials devoted too much energy to hitting elusive jackpots at the expense of smaller retailers and other businesses?

Is it the mayor’s job to bring together potential employers and institutions to train workers, or would the next mayor more effectively help create jobs by getting out of the way?

Do voters want someone who shows up for the first candidates’ debate in an expensive suit and well-shined shoes, or do they prefer a more casual approach, down to a comfy pair of Crocs on their next mayor’s feet?

Arapahoe County Republicans rally behind Coffman

...at Greenwood Village barbeque and fundraiser
The Colorado Statesman

Joy Hoffman, the conscientious chair of the Arapahoe County GOP, is also host extraordinaire. Witness the lovely shindig she threw a couple weeks ago for incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman. Held in the expansive backyard of her beautiful Greenwood Village home where it is several degrees cooler than in sweltering downtown Denver, the second annual barbeque for Coffman featured hot dogs, some smoked meat, but best of all, a potpourri of politics to feed the appetite.

El Paso Democrats celebrate Berthrong’s 50 years of service

On Aug. 17, more than 125 Democrats and supporters gathered at the home of Kathleen Ricker, chair of the El Paso County Democratic Party, to welcome U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and to celebrate the 50 years of commitment and dedication by Sharon Berthrong to the Democrats. Berthrong has worked on numerous campaigns from Renny Fagan to Mary Ellen McNally to Sen. Udall’s. She was chair of the county party from 1993-1995. Community members, including Richard Skorman and Jan Martin shared memories and political wisdom courtesy of Berthrong.

Perry campaigns with friends in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

ASPEN — Surging in recent national polls that show him at the top of a crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, newly announced candidate Rick Perry flew into Aspen Thursday afternoon for a private fundraiser hosted by Colorado Republicans Marc and Kristen Holtzman. Less than two hours later, the three term Governor of Texas reboarded a private jet at the nearby Aspen airport and headed back to Denver for another $2500-per-person fundraiser.

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.