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Chamber sees bright future for health care reform

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rancor and dismay often corrupt the public discourse on health care reform these days, but negativity was completely absent from the Seventh Annual Health Care Policy Luncheon of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Lost in the woods on health care reform

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Compared to places in the East, Grand Junction doesn’t have a lot of trees. When Steve ErkenBrack took his 7-year-old son to visit his parents in Virginia, the boy was awed and a little overwhelmed by a walk through the forest.

Wiens is in

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican Tom Wiens, a Douglas County rancher, small businessman, and former state senator who has toyed with running for higher office since he retired from the Legislature, filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission this week to become an official candidate for the U.S. Senate. Wiens joins former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, Weld County DA Ken Buck and several minor candidates in the race to oust appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver, in 2010.

FASTER brightens Ritter’s budget gloom

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter showcased a bright spot in the state’s bleak budget forecast on Monday when he proposed a 6 percent increase in transportation funding for fiscal year 2010-’11, which begins in July.

DPS winners see little conflict ahead

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

If Election Day pundits are to be believed, when the new Denver School Board sits down for its first meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, members of the reform faction and members of the union-backed faction will be glaring at one another as they struggle for control over a highly politicized seven-person panel.

Colorado ranks high in its effort to count military ballots

By Leslie Jorgenson
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado ranks in the top five states for its military and overseas voting policies. In fact, the state needs to make only one minor tweak to comply with the provisions of the federal Military Overseas Voting Empowerment Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Oct. 28.

Gov. Ritter: 'It's alive!'

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Jobs are being created and saved, thanks in part to federal stimulus package funds that have bolstered Colorado’s sagging economy.

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Team released a report Tuesday showing that more than $1.2 billion in federal stimulus has been spent in Colorado, creating or retaining 5,291 full-time equivalent jobs.

Some 2,670 of those — more than half — are in the state’s higher education system.

For a real scare, check out the new budget cuts

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It just keeps getting worse for Gov. Bill Ritter.

The economic downturn hitting the country and Colorado has forced the first-term governor to make many difficult decisions since May, when the Legislature adjourned for the year.

Passing of veteran Republican pol Hal Shroyer an end of a political era

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Hal Shroyer recently died at the age of 88. That’s a lot of years of living. Some people who read The Statesman may not remember the former Adams County Republican whose role in Colorado politics has since become so legendary.