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Happy 50th Anniversary, Josie & Rollie!

You probably couldn’t find a nicer political couple in Colorado, and this month Josie and Rollie Heath are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Between the two of them they have been candidates in three statewide campaigns and eight local races. Josie was Boulder County Commissioner from 1982-1990, served on the Governor’s Commission for National and Community Service and chaired the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has received three presidential appointments. Josie was the Democratic nominee for the U.S.

RNC chief says Colorado will be 'absolute battleground'

Priebus plans on making state his second home
The Colorado Statesman

Politically active Coloradans had better figure out how to pronounce the name of Reince Priebus as the state takes center stage in the 2012 presidential election. That’s because the Wisconsin attorney, who took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, plans to spend a lot of time here. (His first name starts out like the river “Rhine,” and his last name sounds like the hybrid automobile “Prius,” only with an extra consonant.)

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.