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Capitol rally draws union supporters, opponents

Wisconsin public workers at center of controversy
The Colorado Statesman

A noisy noon gathering at the state Capitol Tuesday drew around 1,000 union supporters, who rallied in solidarity with Wisconsin public workers who are protesting at their state Capitol to keep collective bargaining rights.

Race for GOP chair in full gear

The Colorado Statesman

Two of the four men bidding to be the Colorado Republican Party’s next chairman pitched their candidacies Monday night in Northglenn.

Ryan Call and Leondray Gholston told a crowd of nearly 100 grassroots conservatives and elected officials they each have what it takes to run the party and build the coalitions necessary to move Colorado back into the Republican column in next year’s presidential election.

Candidates for Democratic state chair voice solidarity with protesters in Wisconsin

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats can expect a state party chair determined to tell the Democratic National Committee a thing or two, the three candidates vying for the top spot said at a forum Feb. 20 in Greenwood Village. Polly Baca, Adam Bowen and Rick Palacio agreed that local Democrats need to stand up to the national party when Washington bigwigs try to tell the grassroots how things ought to happen.

Party-line votes keep instate tuition bill alive

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats’ latest effort to pass a bill granting instate tuition to undocumented students moved through two committees in the past week and was approved along party-lines both times.

New U.S. Census data means Colorado’s congressional districts will change

The Colorado Statesman

The U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday released more detailed data on the changes in Colorado’s population, revealing that the number of people in El Paso County has surged past those in Denver in the past decade.

According to the report, which is based on the 2010 census, El Paso County is now at 622,263, a 20 percent spike in the last decade. Denver County is at 600,158, up by 8.2 percent since 2000. Adams and Arapahoe counties also saw double-digit increases in their population, by 21.4 percent and 17.2 percent, respectively.

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.