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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.

Business leaders in sync with legislators who preach more jobs, economic development

The Colorado Statesman

Business leaders are focused on “three fundamental pillars” this legislative session. As outlined in a recent policy briefing hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for legislative leaders and the Governor, the main issues include health care, education and transportation.

Expect healthy debate over ailing Medicaid

The Colorado Statesman

House Democrats struck first in the health care debate on Tuesday, unveiling the first of what is expected to be an onslaught of divisive bills addressing health care issues in the state.

House Republican leadership unveils its 2012 jobs agenda

The Colorado Statesman

House Republican leadership on Thursday unveiled their jobs agenda for 2012, acknowledging that though there’s nothing “flashy” about the nine legislative proposals they plan to introduce at the start of the session on Jan. 11, the bills would provide needed incentives to help businesses.

Republican group comes out in support of civil unions in state

The Colorado Statesman

A newly minted Republican group is garnering support for what it feels has been a missing voice in the debate on the legalization of civil unions in Colorado.