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Tried and true tips on how to navigate the caucus process

The Colorado Statesman

Douglas County Republican Crista Huff isn’t the only one teaching voters how to navigate the caucus process — Republican presidential campaigns are training supporters in hopes of netting delegates via subsequent assemblies, and some of Huff’s past pupils are organizing classes of their own this year — but she’s been running classes for more than two years and sounds like she has the art down to a science.

Sen. Udall strives for civility during State of the Union

CD 5 Rep. Doug Lamborn doesn’t attend, but the Republican still has a lot to say
The Colorado Statesman

Despite one Colorado representative’s very public decision to not attend the State of the Union address earlier in the week, the remainder of the state’s delegation sat together on the House floor in a display of unity.

InnerView with Bill Cadman

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman says the value of relationships among lawmakers can’t be overstated and predicted that this year’s session will produce results because of strong relationships across the aisle and between the chambers. Jobs and the economy are the key subjects this year, and Cadman says he’s confident both Democrats and Republicans will come together to ease regulatory burdens hampering job creation in the state.

Pro-gun bills ignite charges of partisan pandering

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans have introduced a flurry of early pro-gun bills in both chambers of the Colorado legislature, leaving gun control advocates speculating that the influx of legislation during a crucial election year serves to pander to conservative voters.

On the road with Mark Udall

Special to The Colorado Statesman

“Does Jim Rizzuto still smoke his pipe?” U.S. Senator Mark Udall asks. It’s Friday, the 13th of January, we’re in La Junta and, yes, Jim Rizzuto, former Joint Budget Committee member and now the president of Otero Junior College, still smokes his pipe.

Resolution repealing health care causes ill feelings

The Colorado Statesman

Republican and Democratic legislators took political punches at each other Thursday during the first house floor debate of the session over a resolution asking Congress to repeal federal health care reform.

A new era begins for New Era Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

More than 200 young politicos — and their supporters — showed up at a Capitol Hill bar on Jan. 11 at New Era Colorado’s annual celebration of the Legislature’s opening day. Lawmakers, campaign operatives and candidates rubbed shoulders with young activists and raised toasts to an ambitious legislative agenda unveiled earlier that day down the street at the Capitol.

Hickenlooper’s second State of the State draws on images of the Colorado West

The Colorado Statesman

It was all about hats as Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered his second State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature on Thursday at the Capitol.

Recounting the history of John B. Stetson — who ventured west to territorial Colorado, only to discover his “hatting” skills led the way to an extraordinarily lucrative business — Hickenlooper connected the iconic headwear to the audience in the House chamber.

Lawmakers pledge cooperation — but hard feelings linger

Opening day at the 2012 Legislature
The Colorado Statesman

For at least a day, the second floor of the Colorado State Capitol was among the happiest places on earth.

As the second regular session of the 68th General Assembly of Colorado kicked off on Wednesday, legislative leaders from both parties pledged to reach across the aisles to tackle the state’s sluggish economy and dismissed suggestions that election-year politics or lingering rancor over new district lines might impede the people’s business.

Candy exec Enstrom announces candidacy for HD 23

Don’t expect candidates Enstrom and Tyler to sugarcoat their statements
The Colorado Statesman

Republican businessman Rick Enstrom’s entrance this week into the House District 23 race in Jefferson County against Democratic Rep. Max Tyler could decide which party controls the State House after the 2012 elections.