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Gov spares rod on school cuts, other reductions needed

State budget going to pot

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For a former district attorney, the idea of using money to balance the state budget gained from an enterprise that he once considered illegal kind of sticks in the craw.

State legislators honored by Women’s Lobby

Three earn perfect marks for voting records on women-focused priority bills

Three legislators in the Colorado State House of Representatives were honored by the Women’s Lobby of Colorado for a perfect voting record on priority issues affecting women in the state.

Education officials continue to plot reform despite missteps in Race to the Top contest

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s failed attempt this week to net a major federal education grant won’t stop a new teacher evaluation system from unfolding — at least that’s the hope of state Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, one of the chief architects of the school reform bill that was passed in the last legislative session.

PERA gets clean audit, but questions remain on Denver Public Schools retiree pensions

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The annual audit of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) by state and independent auditors showed the pension plan is well run, although legislators continue to be concerned about the state’s liability regarding the Denver Public Schools Retirement System (DPSRS).

McKinley: Private testing shows Rocky Flats has plutonium

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh, announced this week that new testing of surface soils at the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant has yielded plutonium in breathable particles, its most dangerous form.

Pro racing returning to Colorado in 2011

Governor Ritter, Lance Armstrong peddle the news

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

To the cheers of thousands gathered outside the state Capitol Wednesday, Gov. Bill Ritter and cycling legend Lance Armstrong announced the return of professional stage cycling in Colorado.

100,000 kids covered and counting

The All Kids Covered Initiative, a coalition of partners committed to improving health care for Colorado kids, recently celebrated the milestone of health coverage for more than 100,000 children since Governor Bill Ritter took office in January 2007.

Breakfast with Ken & Jane at the Men’s Club

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Although clearly not universally loved and respected by everyone, most candidates are hardworking and earnest souls who fairly compete for the tough job of representing us. Of course there are a few scoundrels out there — as especially evidenced over the last week or so. But however you feel about their positions or partisanship, most are good folks who should be saluted for their efforts in participatory democracy.

Hasan Foundation demands full repayment from McInnis for plagiarized articles

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

UPDATED with response from McInnis
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The foundation that paid Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis $300,000 for a series of articles on water rights the candidate admits included material he didn’t write wants its money back.

McInnis said Friday afternoon he plans to “make full payment arrangements” and asserted “this brings this matter to a close” in a statement issued by his campaign.

Judges up for retention face widespread scrutiny this year

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While attention on judicial retention has focused in recent weeks on the Colorado Supreme Court, voters this fall will be asked to look at the performance of more than 100 judges throughout the state.