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High court strikes down ban on campaign donations

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday captured headlines for the second time this month regarding election finance laws when it revoked Amendment 54 approved by 51 percent of voters in 2008.

Three U.S. Senators visit Denver, The CELL

The Center for Empowered Living and Learning (The CELL) hosted U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Bennett (R-UT), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at its exhibit, Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism.

Dueling politicos join forces for entertaining act

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two polarizing political moguls descended on Boulder last Monday night for a debate that was mostly friendly until a last minute verbal scuffle defined the show.

African American leaders honored with portraits

It was an auspiscious occasion on Feb. 10 when several key figures in Colorado’s African-American community were honored with portraits at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. The dedication ceremony, which took place in the middle of Black History Month, was hosted by former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and friends of the iconic library located in Five Points.

Former lobbyist back at state Capitol

After a two-year hiatus, lobbyist William Mutch is back at the state Capitol and becoming reacquainted with friends and associates in the political, business and governmental communities. With 15 years of experience in government, legislative affairs, and public policy, Mutch is now the principal in his own firm called Morgan Douglas Mutch & Associates, Inc.

Ritter asks Supreme Court for clarification on campaign finance laws

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Colorado Supreme Court will begin accepting opening briefs from interested parties on March 8 regarding state campaign laws thought to be invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

Gossip, 2/12/10

STEALTH DEMOCRAT DOGS COLORADO REPUBLICANS

Meet Jesse Willis, the Colorado Democratic Party’s mysterious “tracker” who has filmed Republican candidates at events around the state — from a GOP gubernatorial campaign event in Denver in July to the Teller Tea Party’s U.S. Senate candidates’ forum in Woodland Park last weekend. (His mug is in this week’s issue on page 25.)

Denver Councilman Garcia picked for HUD regional spot

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia has been appointed as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region 8 director, which oversees the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.

National veterans tour promotes clean energy, national security

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Veterans hit the state Capitol’s west steps last Friday, educating citizens and lawmakers on the connection between climate change and national security.

New nonpartisan series on television and the Internet focuses on candidates, elected officials

A new groundbreaking series featured on television and the Internet — “Colorado Election 2010 TM” — had its debut on Feb. 1, on COMCAST Entertainment Television at 8:00 pm. The nonpartisan series offers citizens the opportunity to hear candidates and both current and former major elected officials in an unrehearsed, substantive manner. More programs have been dedicated to the candidates and issues than has ever been done in the history of television, according to Aaron Harber, moderator of the series.