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Mesa State College attempts to opt-out of state personnel system, but bill is unlikely to succeed

The Colorado Statesman

A plan by Mesa State College to get its classified employees out of the state personnel system is awaiting approval from the House this week, but it faces an almost certain demise in the Senate.

The world turns out for Stratton-Carpenter

Considering that Tuesday evening’s gathering of politicos was held at the fabled Palm restaurant in downtown Denver, you’d naturally expect a large contingent of movers and shakers moseying around the clubby steak house. But Mike Stratton and Jim Carpenter, hosts of this pre-State of the Union shindig, proved that politics is truly about the parties. This one, for sure, will go down as one of the best.

‘Poor’ Scott’s moonlighting madness

The Colorado Statesman

Where do we begin when it comes to the subject of Scott Gessler, our already beleaguered new Secretary of State? By the time we readied this paper for press, just about every media outlet in the state had followed the Denver Business Journal’s lead and weighed in on “poor” Scott’s dilemma of having to moonlight at his old law firm in order to make ends meet with his meager $68,500 state salary.

Pete Coors: Citizen of the West

$200,000 raised for scholarship trust
The Colorado Statesman

“Say what you mean and mean what you say,” is the trademark of Peter Coors and the motto by which this year’s Citizen of the West lives his life. That quintessential Western characteristic wasn’t lost on more than 800 enthusiasts who feted the beer company scion at the annual National Western dinner benefitting scholarship recipients at 10 institutes of higher learning in Colorado and Wyoming.

Hickenlooper’s remarks at CACI sing the right tune for business

The Colorado Statesman

Governor John Hickenlooper, with little more than a week of governingthe state under his belt, told about 400 business leaders at the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s luncheon Thursday that the state needs to become “more pro-business” and that no one has the appetite to raise taxes.

Hickenlooper kick-starts economic development plans

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper wrapped up a four-day statewide economic development tour — and his first week in office — with a stop on Monday in Loveland, where more than 200 local government officials, business leaders and interested citizens joined a two-hour discussion on how to rev the business engines of the northern Front Range.

Campaign launched to repair crumbling Capitol dome

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown joined historic preservationists and state officials on Wednesday to kick off a campaign to raise $8 million to fix the Colorado Capitol’s iconic gold dome.

Tancredo rejoins GOP, is resigned to another Wadhams term

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who ran for governor of Colorado on the American Constitution Party ticket, is a Republican again.