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Romanoff campaign replaces spokesman — again

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff on Monday hired a new campaign spokesman, Indiana-based political consultant Roy Teicher. Teicher replaces Dean Toda, who joined the campaign at the end of January.

Bypassing the Buck? Norton reportedly considering petition route

UPDATED: Norton, state officials confirm petition drive

Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton will petition onto the August primary ballot, her campaign confirmed in a statement Tuesday morning. The plan, first reported by The Colorado Statesman, allows the former lieutenant governor to compete for voters immediately, her campaign said.

Colorado Governors share memories and insights

Lamm, Romer & Owens: Policy wonks, not political foes

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In an election year of fractional and bitter political differences, Colorado’s former Governors Dick Lamm and Roy Romer, both Democrats, and Bill Owens, a Republican, lauded each other’s leadership skills and assets during the “Governing Colorado: Former Governors Speak” forum on March 31 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Mayors praise Perlmutter's livable communities bill

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Local, state and federal officials crossed borders, levels of government and partisan divides March 30 in Lakewood to applaud a bill by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, that would establish a $4 billion grant program to foster “livable communities” across the country.

Former Congressman David Skaggs joins Denver law firm

It was kind of like old home week, at least for some of the politicos who helped former Congressman David Skaggs celebrate his new position at the McKenna Long & Aldridge law firm in lower downtown Denver last week. The ex-lawmaker is now a senior strategic advisor to the international law firm, which boasts 475 attorneys and public policy advisors.

Tea party enthusiasts stirred up

Rally steeped in political rhetoric

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jubilant Tea Party supporters in Denver and Grand Junction praised conservative values and trashed Democrats last week as their colorful signs swayed to blaring Tea Party anthems.

Patience urged with growing medical marijuana industry

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gazing across the bustling convention floor last Saturday afternoon, Matt Brown pointed out the variety of businesses that occupied exhibit booths: security systems, psychedelic artists, attorneys, glass-pipe blowers, publications, clothing purveyors, grow-light manufacturers, a company that helps produce compost using worms — and, yes, medical marijuana dispensaries galore.

Cities, towns voted on local candidates and ballot measures

Residents in cities and towns across the state voted on candidates and local ballot measures on Tuesday. Following is an overview of ballot results as accumulated by the Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 representing the interests of 264 cities and towns.

Colorado stumbles in Race to The Top competition

Second round could be uphill but rewarding

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado stumbled in its first attempt to secure a $377 million grant in the federal government’s Race to The Top competition, losing out to the states of Delaware and Tennessee for a share of the money allotted for massive school reforms.

Signing of health care legislation ignites passions

AG Suthers initiates lawsuit

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Add Colorado to the list of states challenging the federal health care law signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Charging the law steps on states’ rights and tramples individual freedom, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced Monday he planned to join a dozen other states suing the federal government to overturn the legislation on constitutional grounds.