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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.

Joe Blake: Give the man a hand

Colorado State University System Chancellor Joe Blake announced Thursday that he will soon leave his position at the university, but continue to work for the CSU System as an advocate for donor and alumni relations and teaching.

Blake notified members of the CSU System Board of Governors earlier this summer that he intended to retire upon completion of the search for a new CSU-Pueblo president or at a time convenient to the board and Blake.

Mayor-elect Hancock gets down to biz

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock last week returned to the Lower Downtown business where he launched his mayoral campaign to kick off a series of roundtable meetings with small business owners. It’s part of a pledge the city councilman made during his campaign to meet with 100 business leaders as part of his First 100 Days Plan designed to jump-start the city’s economy.

Local Ag and Mexican offiicals hope to whip up potato exports

Special to The Colorado Statesman

State and federal agricultural officials have entered into discussions with Mexico that are as energized as a game of hot potato.

Both sides are trying to figure out how to increase Colorado fresh potato exports so that deliveries are not restricted to the first 16 miles of Mexico along the U.S. border. Mexico currently allows fresh potatoes from the United States to be imported only into a 16-mile border zone. The so-called “external quarantine” aims to reduce the number of potato-related pests introduced into Mexico.