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Colorado delegation claims bipartisan camaraderie

Sen. Udall unseats partisan protocol
The Colorado Statesman

When President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, television viewers saw a sea of red and blue in ties and suits as Democratic and Republican Congress members sat together for the first time in 89 years.

O’Malley won’t seek second term as Denver clerk and recorder

Stephanie O’Malley, Denver’s first elected clerk and recorder, said this week she won’t be seeking a second term in the upcoming municipal election. She said she plans to explore her options and devote time to her family.

Salazar wins approval in genial confirmation hearing

The Colorado Statesman

Compared to the morning floor fight in the Senate over the confirmation of Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek, Wednesday’s committee hearing on the confirmation of John Salazar as Commissioner of Ag couldn’t have been easier.

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.