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U.S. Chamber exec clamps down on biz tax increases

Local chamber disses business personal property tax
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado business leaders gathered in Denver on Oct. 27 to hear from the president and chief executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who cautioned against increasing taxes on job creators when the current unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent. Thomas Donohue spoke just prior to Colorado’s Nov. 1 election in which voters rejected almost all proposals for tax increases in Colorado including Proposition 103, a statewide ballot initiative that sought to raise an estimated $3 billion over five years for education funding.

A national veterans foundation is needed, Bennet says

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has taken up President Barack Obama’s initiative to help returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq find jobs at home. Bennet spoke at a local American Legion post in Denver on Monday, where he discussed plans for a national veterans foundation.

The foundation would act as a clearinghouse for veterans’ services and would be funded through private dollars. No federal funding would be required.

Democratic Women's Summit offers hope for aspiring officials

The Colorado Statesman

Women politicians face some of the same barriers that seemed outmoded decades ago, but it’s more important than ever to make sure women are well represented in government because of their unique perspective and, studies show, they make better lawmakers.

That was the message delivered to a group of nearly 100 women who gathered all afternoon on Oct. 29 at the downtown Sheraton for the state Democratic Party’s third annual Democratic Women’s Summit.

Controversial vacancy committee meeting gives Neville the nod to succeed Kopp

The Colorado Statesman

A Republican vacancy committee on Thursday night denied veteran state Rep. Jim Kerr, R-Littleton, a promotion to the upper chamber by the narrowest of margins and instead chose activist Tim Neville to take over for retiring Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp. But the proceedings turned sour after the 60-58 vote was confirmed in a supervised recount as Kerr supporters charged that a handful of Republicans who should have voted hadn’t been notified of the meeting.

Tax hike proves to be a losing proposition

Education measure fails to make the grade with electorate
The Colorado Statesman

When it came to increasing state taxes to stem years of cuts to education spending, Colorado voters just couldn’t stomach it. Voters roundly rejected Proposition 103, the only question on the statewide ballot, by a 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday.

School board election yields 'Happy' results

The Colorado Statesman

Two of the three so-called “pro-reform” Denver School Board candidates who ran as a sort of political slate backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions won their races Tuesday night in an all-mail election. In essence they handed victory to not only themselves, but also to Mayor Michael Hancock who had thrust himself into the spotlight to back the controversial slate. The two victories mean reform-minded school board members who support an education reform strategy spearheaded by former DPS Superintendent and current U.S. Sen.

Hogan takes prize, lands top spot

The Colorado Statesman

For the first time in 24 years, Aurora won’t have a Mayor Tauer. Instead, another steady fixture in the sprawling suburb’s civic firmament, former Councilman Steve Hogan, will be sworn in as mayor later this month after scoring a decisive win on Tuesday over Councilman Ryan Frazier, his chief opponent, and four other candidates.

Hogan takes over on Nov. 14 from term-limited Mayor Ed Tauer, who followed his father, former Mayor Paul Tauer, in the top office of the state’s third-largest city.

Final arguments heard in redistricting case

The Colorado Statesman

A trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s seven congressional boundaries came to a close Monday afternoon with the introduction of new maps that seek to keep the city of Aurora intact.

Denver District Court Chief Judge Robert Hyatt asked all parties to introduce new maps after hearing testimony during the 10-day court proceeding. Attorneys representing Republicans, Democrats and Latino interveners introduced their new maps by the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday with few changes from original proposals, aside from drawing Aurora into one whole district.

Hancock names Kentucky chief to head Denver cops

The Colorado Statesman

In a long-anticipated announcement that still came a couple days earlier than planned, Mayor Michael Hancock named Louisville, Ky., Police Chief Robert White as Denver’s next chief on Oct. 28.

White will be the first Denver chief in more than 50 years who didn’t rise through the local ranks, and he will also be the first African-American chief of the roughly 1,500-officer force.

Vowing to bring transparency and a new spirit of cooperation between the police force and the community to the job, White, 59, on Saturday said he was “honored” to join Hancock’s team.