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Obama's campaign organizes in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Even though the 2012 election is 15 months away, President Barack Obama’s campaign is already off to a fast start in Colorado, seen as a key battleground state in what is shaping up to be a tight presidential contest. Earlier this month, hundreds of Obama volunteers and summer interns fanned out up and down the Front Range as part of a national “Day of Action” meant to register voters and kick-start a massive organization that plans to keep going until next November.

Hancock appoints Friednash to city attorney

The Colorado Statesman

The former state lawmaker who portrayed Michael Hancock’s runoff opponent during mayoral debate preparation this spring was named Denver’s city attorney on Wednesday.

Hancock said Doug Friednash, 49, a Greenberg Taurig attorney who specializes in complex litigation and government affairs, stood out among “unbelievable candidates” from throughout the country who applied for the top legal position in the new administration.

'Skinny kid from Northeast Denver' sworn in as mayor

The Colorado Statesman

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More than 25 years after he told a television reporter he intended to become the city’s first black mayor, Michael Hancock, 41, was sworn in as Denver’s 45th mayor on July 18 before a packed house at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater.

Weld County Dems appoint Young to legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats in Weld County selected Dave Young, a former Greeley school teacher and president of the county teacher’s union in the 1980s, as the new state representative in HD 50, which encompasses eastern Greeley, Garden City and the City of Evans. He replaces former Democratic state Rep. Jim Riesberg, who resigned the seat in late June after being appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as the state’s commissioner of insurance.

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.