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Washington judge tosses healthcare lawsuit, count now at 3-2

The Colorado Statesman

A Washington, D.C., judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s health care reform law.

Guv slashes 2011-12 budget, Dems outraged

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper Tuesday presented his plan to get the state into the black for 2011-12, but it has members of his own party seeing red.

Hickenlooper’s budget proposal would cut $375 million from K-12 education, and local school districts would take an additional $117 million hit in lost property tax revenues the state won’t backfill.

2010-11 budget balancing package passes House

The Colorado Statesman

One of the best chess matches of the session played out in the Colorado House this week, but contrary to any game where there are winners and losers, both sides said Wednesday they could claim victory. And legislators on both sides said the match likely foreshadows the battle to come, over the 2011-12 budget.

Douglas County Republicans stick with ‘true conservatives’

Speaker McNulty accused of RINO behavior
The Colorado Statesman

The eyes of the conservative movement were on a gathering of several hundred Republicans at the fairgrounds in Castle Rock on Feb. 10. And when it came down to it, they didn’t blink.

‘Kill Bill’ was theme of Capitol drama this week

The Colorado Statesman

A Feb. 17 deadline in the Senate meant that Senate committees were busy moving on bills this week. But none were busier than the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which had 17 bills awaiting action through the end of the day Feb. 16.

Denver Dems pleased with state of county party

Party leaders elected
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats gathered to mingle, hear from elected officials and state party hopefuls, sign petitions for municipal candidates and pick party leaders for the next two years at Place Bridge Academy in Denver on Feb. 12.

Colorado State University celebrates 141 years with events at state Capitol

On Feb. 10 and 11, Colorado State University honored the creation of the institution, the values that have sustained it and its mission of service through teaching, research and engagement with Founders Day celebrations. Events included a celebration at the state Capitol.

‘As goes Jeffco, so goes Colorado in statewide elections’

The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Democrats picked party officers for the next two years in uncontested elections at the biennial reorganization the morning of Feb. 12 at Alameda High School in Lakewood. The mostly relaxed meeting was punctuated by impassioned pleas to fire up suburban Democrats for next year’s presidential election and stern reminders that, as a rule, as goes Jeffco, so goes Colorado in statewide elections.

Legislature faces latest brew battle

Efforts by convenience stores in Colorado to allow them the exclusive franchise to sell low-alcohol beer fell flat this week when the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee voted 4-1 to approve Senate Bill 60. Sponsored by Sens. Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood and Jean White, R-Hayden, the bill would allow restaurants, as well as all liquor-license holders, the ability to sell the low alcohol beer for consumption on their premises.

GOP chair candidate ranks could swell

The Colorado Statesman

The race for Colorado Republican Party chair was upended this week by two-term Chairman Dick Wadhams’ unexpected withdrawal but the dust might not have settled yet. Three prominent Republicans are considering getting into the race next week, The Colorado Statesman has learned, including a former statewide candidate and two local chairmen from key swing counties.