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Taking it to the streets

Candidates connect across state from behind the wheel

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

BOULDER — The bus rolled in about 20 minutes after the candidate arrived. The old school bus — painted to resemble classic Colorado license plates — had earlier transported U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and his family around northern Colorado but limped in to the Democrat’s next stop last Saturday, at a rally alongside Boulder Creek, a stone’s throw from the Pearl Street Mall. A day into its inaugural voyage across the state this week, it turned out the vintage vehicle needed a brief trip to a mechanic.

Newspapers, political site lock horns over quotations from online stories

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s top political blog has been ignoring stories from the state’s largest newspapers for more than a month. The move — which the website’s owners said has mostly gone unnoticed — was in response to a threatening letter sent by an attorney for the news organizations that accused the website of copyright infringement and demanded it stop posting excerpts of the newspapers’ articles.

Steele resolves to stay put as party chairman

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The timing of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s visit to Colorado on Thursday clearly magnified the media interest in his appearance. It was the first time the embattled party leader spoke in public since making his controversial comments at a Connecticut fundraiser the week before that the war in Afghanistan could not be won.

Plans under way to redevelop Five Points’ rich jazz and African American history

U.S. Senator Mark Udall, Councilwoman Carla Madison tour historic neighborhood

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Planners of a major revitalization project in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver hosted U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Denver City Councilwoman Carla Madison for a briefing and tour of the neighborhood on Saturday.

Wil Alston, executive director of the Five Points Business District, led the walking tour up Welton Street and to the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. Alston said Udall is the first of several leaders who will be briefed on the project as the group seeks funding.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Mullarkey to step down from the bench

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary J. Mullarkey has announced she will retire from the bench, effective Nov. 30, 2010.

DPS students learn firsthand from Mayor Hickenlooper and state legislators

Burg Simpson attorneys Reeves Whalen and Stephen Burg and CSG public relations specialist Dan Mahoney recently hosted an event for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. However, this was not your ordinary night for most Denver politicos.

CSU launches Commitment to Colorado

Offers big tuition breaks to middle- and lower-income students

Colorado State University announced last week a groundbreaking program to help assure qualified middle- and lower-income Colorado students can afford an education at one of the nation’s top research universities. Colorado State administrators were joined by Gov. Bill Ritter to unveil the “Colorado State University Commitment to Colorado” at the Capitol this morning.

Bruce cited for contempt of court

'Mr. X' suspected of funding petition drive for Amendments

By Leslie Jorgensen & Staff Reports
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Douglas Bruce, a former one-term state representative from Colorado Springs, was cited for contempt of court on Wednesday by a Denver District court judge, after the self-proclaimed anti-tax crusader failed to testify about the identity of who bankrolled three initiatives to cut taxes and government spending that will appear on this November’s ballot.

Revenue forecasts show state is not done cutting for 2010-11

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s June revenue forecasts, released on Monday, showed the state is going to have to make more cuts in the 2010-11 budget, on top of the more than $1 billion already slashed from the state budget during the most recent legislative session.