Marianne Goodland

Salazar wins approval in genial confirmation hearing

The Colorado Statesman

Compared to the morning floor fight in the Senate over the confirmation of Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek, Wednesday’s committee hearing on the confirmation of John Salazar as Commissioner of Ag couldn’t have been easier.

Mesa State College attempts to opt-out of state personnel system, but bill is unlikely to succeed

The Colorado Statesman

A plan by Mesa State College to get its classified employees out of the state personnel system is awaiting approval from the House this week, but it faces an almost certain demise in the Senate.

Bipartisan mood shattered with the shuttering of a mic

The Colorado Statesman

“You’re out of order.”

That became the mantra of Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, during a debate Tuesday morning on what some legislators called a “meaningless” annual resolution on the budget.

Republicans roll out repeals on ’10 legislation

Good luck getting ‘dirty dozen’ to guv
The Colorado Statesman

Statehouse Republicans wasted no time getting to the bills that they championed during the campaign season and beyond — eliminating the so-called “dirty dozen” tax exemption repeals, an Arizona-style immigration law, and a change to FASTER.

First redistricting committee ends in song

The Colorado Statesman

The joint legislative committee that hopes to come up with a bipartisan congressional redistricting map held an organizational meeting this week that ended with a round of “Name That Tune.”

Provider fee, federal health care reform reviewed at capitol

The Colorado Statesman

The hospital provider fee bill passed by the General Assembly two years ago has provided access to health care for 30,000 uninsured Coloradans, and reduced the financial burden on hospitals that cover the medically indigent.

Divided legislature pledges united front as session begins

The Colorado Statesman

The 2011 General Assembly began on Wednesday, and amidst the swearing-in ceremonies and speeches came brief moments when House Democrats reminded their Republican colleagues that Republicans hold a thin one-seat majority in the House, and that Democrats are still wounded from the bruising 2010 election. But in the speeches, a desire for bipartisanship, with a divided Legislature, was the theme of the day.

Hickenlooper walks into governorship amid cold temps, burning issues

State officials sworn into office
The Colorado Statesman

It began, as it always has with him, with a walk. Halfway on their walk across Lincoln Park to the state capitol on Inauguration Day, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, stopped and took a look back, as if for one last goodbye, to the Denver City-County building and to the life of a big-city mayor.

New guv talks jobs and ‘kitchen table’ budget

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his first State of the State address Thursday, touching on themes of budget discipline and fiscal restraint, partnership, and priorities for his administration.

Legislative leaders talk of new year, new hope

The Colorado Statesman

When Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, bangs the gavel as the next Speaker of the House, it will be for the first time, officially, but he’s been practicing.