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Mayor-elect Hancock gets down to biz

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor-elect Michael Hancock last week returned to the Lower Downtown business where he launched his mayoral campaign to kick off a series of roundtable meetings with small business owners. It’s part of a pledge the city councilman made during his campaign to meet with 100 business leaders as part of his First 100 Days Plan designed to jump-start the city’s economy.

Local Ag and Mexican offiicals hope to whip up potato exports

Special to The Colorado Statesman

State and federal agricultural officials have entered into discussions with Mexico that are as energized as a game of hot potato.

Both sides are trying to figure out how to increase Colorado fresh potato exports so that deliveries are not restricted to the first 16 miles of Mexico along the U.S. border. Mexico currently allows fresh potatoes from the United States to be imported only into a 16-mile border zone. The so-called “external quarantine” aims to reduce the number of potato-related pests introduced into Mexico.

Romney has chips with regular Joes

The Colorado Statesman

Better get used to it, Colorado. Next time diners reach for their guacamole and chips, they might look up to find a presidential candidate shaking hands and talking about the economy. That’s what happened to at least a few hungry Coloradans at the Brewery Bar IV in southeast Aurora on Monday afternoon when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney packed the Mexican restaurant for about an hour of intensive retail campaigning before heading to a pricey fundraiser in a nearby suburb.

Gov. Hickenlooper begins fundraising for 2014 race

The Colorado Statesman

It hasn’t even been six months since Gov. John Hickenlooper took office, but he’s kicking off his fundraising for 2014 this weekend with a barbeque at his Park Hill home. The co-chairs of the event include some of the same Republicans who supported his election bid in 2010, such as Greg Maffei, a major fundraiser for former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and other Republican candidates, and Larry Mizel, a well known Republican businessman in Denver who was instrumental in raising big bucks for Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial campaign.

Reapportionment commission looks West

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Cowboys, ski bums, and Colorado Ute tribes were at center stage in a showdown Monday as the state’s Reapportionment Commission voted on preliminary legislative districts for the western portion of the state. While Democrats called for more competitive districts, Republicans prevailed with a map that ultimately retained their Western Slope voter registration dominance but will likely see two Republican representatives living in the same district and Grand County attached to the Front Range.

Transition team accepting applications for Mayor Hancock's administration

And a few names are already leaking out
The Colorado Statesman

Three short weeks ago political pundits were still pondering the fate of the two remaining Denver mayoral candidates, Chris Romer and Michael Hancock, and trying to predict how large the blow-out would be.

Now the game has refocused and city hall watchers are trying to figure out who will go to work in the Hancock administration.

The EPA has been deceptive in regulating away Colorado jobs

Dear Editor,

It’s no secret the road traveled by those pushing for climate legislation has been a rocky one. Protecting our environment is a complex subject, and creating the right policies takes time. Yet, while the nation has shifted focus to economic recovery in the past year, the administration continued to aggressively pursue its climate agenda by imposing bureaucratic regulations, completely circumventing Congress.

Parks, Wildlife to peacefully coexist

It is the beauty of the aspen glades amidst the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains that usually brings people to Sylvan Lake State Park outside the mountain town of Eagle. But on June 6, the rustic visitor center a few miles from the lake and campgrounds was where the Governor officially signed important legislation that merges two state entities: the state’s wildlife division and parks.

After intense scrutiny, no evidence emerges of wrongdoing by Hancock

The Colorado Statesman

A week after winning election as Denver’s next mayor, City Councilman Michael Hancock was working round the clock to deflect allegations that surfaced in the closing days of the campaign that he purchased the services of high-class prostitutes several years ago.

Transition committee co-chairs, inauguration details unveiled

Mayor-elect Michael Hancock this week named the co-chairs of DenverForward, the over-all committee he has established to guide the transition process before he takes office on July 18.