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Sen. Williams in fatal car accident

The Colorado Statesman

Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, was involved in a fatal car accident on her way home from Texas Sunday evening.

Public service, not politics, on Ritter’s agenda

Governor reflects on family, medical marijuana, his future

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LAKEWOOD — As his four years as Colorado’s chief executive near an end, Gov. Bill Ritter said he’s become convinced global warming is the most serious public policy problem, and he plans to work toward solving it after he leaves office next month.

White, Henneberry join Hickenlooper team

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Keeping with his practice of making Republicans a part of his transition into the governor’s office, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper on Tuesday tapped a Republican to lead the Colorado Tourism Office, and he also has brought in one of Gov. Bill Ritter’s cabinet chiefs to become the “Healthcare Exchange Planning Grant Project Director.”

Aguilar picked to take Romer’s place in SD 32

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A Democratic vacancy committee on Monday picked a physician to fill the seat Denver Democrat Chris Romer is giving up to run for mayor. Dr. Irene Aguilar bested state Rep. Beth McCann in the final round of voting to represent Senate District 32, a sprawling district that stretches from Congress Park to Bear Valley.

Momentous moment for Marquez

New Justice joins state Supreme Court

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Monica Marquez’ journey to the Colorado Supreme Court, where she became its newest justice last week, may have begun with a classroom in a Catholic school in a drug-infested neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey.

Democratic revelers, young and not so young, celebrate at Governor’s Mansion

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

See complete photo spread in our print edition.

More than 100 Denver Young Democrats gathered to ring in the holidays along with some of their elders at the Governor’s Residence in Denver on Dec. 7.

Hamner chosen to succeed Scanlan in HD 56

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Millie Hamner, superintendent of the Summit County School District, has been named the next representative for House District 56, a decision made Sunday in Frisco by the district’s Democratic vacancy committee. Hamner replaces Rep. Christine Scanlan, D-Dillon, who has been named the chief lobbyist for Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper and will resign her seat on Dec. 31.

Another budget cut looms for higher ed

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Just when the cutting appeared to be resolved, at least for now, the Joint Budget Committee this week raised the possibility that the state’s public colleges and universities might be in for another hit to their general fund support, possibly as much as $150 million.

GOP focuses on illegal immigration

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Members of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado, an ad-hoc group of statehouse conservatives, are looking at the alleged costs of illegal immigration as a way of balancing Colorado’s budget.

Flash! Hick will find out that it’s in the cards

Learn all about the legislators

By Dennis J. Gallagher
SPECIAL TO STATESMAN

When I was first elected to the Legislature many years ago, state Representative Jerry Kopel, D-Denver, gave me and others in my newly elected class some excellent advice. Older members of our caucus gave Jerry the accolade as sort of the uncontested “Dean” of our delegation. “Kopel knows the rules,” Dominic Coloroso, D-Denver, whispered to me as he gave me his worn book of rules.