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  • Obama EPA Chief Supports Sidestepping Congress on Climate Change

    08/15/2013 9:26:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | August 15, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    BOULDER—Congress may be unwilling to pass climate-change legislation, but EPA chief Gina McCarthy said Wednesday that’s not going to stop the Obama administration. In a speech at the University of Colorado Boulder, McCarthy said the administration intends to bypass Congress and use President Obama’s executive authority to advance its climate-change agenda. She cited the president’s June 25 address at Georgetown University, where he unveiled his Climate Action Plan, calling it “a most remarkable speech by a president of the United States.” “Essentially, he said that it is time to act,” McCarthy said. “And he said he wasn’t going to wait...
  • SCANDAL: EPA Official & Colorado Power Broker Resigns Following Transparency Inquiry

    03/01/2013 7:10:33 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | February 28, 2013
    A huge story involving a key power broker in Colorado Democratic politics flew under the radar of the Colorado press last week – and ours too. Jim Martin, formerly the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8, which includes Colorado, resigned from his post last Friday. According to Fox News, his resignation comes just three weeks after Louisiana’s Republican Senator David Vitter questioned his use of a personal email address to conduct official business. An EPA spokesperson cited “personal reasons” for Martin’s resignation. Vitter noted Martin may face a congressional probe for using his personal email address to circumnavigate...
  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • CIA Corrupts a Hero - Scott Ritter flip/flop: FLASHBACK 9.19.01

    08/23/2002 1:57:39 PM PDT · by rface · 28 replies · 192+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 | John LeBoutillier
    Several years ago, in the midst of our national nightmare of having the Clintons in the White House, there appeared to be a possible national hero emerging from inside our seemingly corrupt government: Scott Ritter. Ritter was then a U.N. weapons inspector who had been in and out of Iraq monitoring their suspected buildup of weapons of mass destruction. He said it all when he proclaimed one day, "Iraq presents a clear and present danger to international peace and security." Ritter then detailed the various gruesome weapons Saddam Hussein's scientists were developing: anthrax, botulism, sarin nerve gas, mustard gas –...
  • Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter gets up to 5½ years in prison

    10/26/2011 1:54:19 PM PDT · by prez234 · 57 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 10/26/11
    The former U.N. weapons inspector convicted in an online sex sting has been sentenced to 1½ to 5½ years in state prison. Following his sentencing in Monroe County Court on Wednesday afternoon, Scott Ritter was led out in handcuffs and sent to Monroe County Correctional Facility, where he will remain until it is determined which state prison he will serve his sentence at.
  • Weapons inspector Scott Ritter convicted over online sex chat with underage girl

    05/11/2011 3:28:01 PM PDT · by South40 · 77 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Apr 2011
    The former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter has been convicted of unlawful contact with a minor for exchanging explicit messages in an online chat room with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. Ritter, 49, exchanged messages with a detective posing as an underage girl and masturbated, even after the undercover officer stressed during the chat that he was a minor, Pennsylvania prosecutors said. A jury found Ritter guilty of a total of six counts including indecent exposure and criminal attempt to corrupt a minor.
  • Ritter's Sex Charges From 2001 Unsealed

    12/28/2010 11:49:06 AM PST · by Dahoser · 128 replies · 180+ views
    Times Union (Albany NY ) ^ | 12/27/2010 | Brendan J. Lyons
    William Scott Ritter Jr., a former United Nations weapons inspector who gained renown for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, contends his online sexual encounters with teenage girls were only fantasy. Nearly two years ago, Ritter, of Delmar, watched his computer screen reveal that an anonymous person who had been exchanging sexually charged messages with him for 80 minutes was not a 15-year-old girl. It was a cop from a small town in northeast Pennsylvania, alone in his station house and trolling the Internet for suspected child predators. Ryan Venneman, a detective for the Barrett Township...
  • Former U.N. weapons inspector in Monroe County Court on sex sting charges (Scott Ritter)

    09/01/2010 12:25:13 AM PDT · by tlb · 18 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | Augf 31, 2010 | David Kidwell
    His lawyers presented Monroe County Court Judge Jennifer Sibum with several motions: to dismiss the case or, failing that, change the venue for a trial that is set to begin next month. Sibum reserved decision. She is expected to make a ruling next week. Ritter is charged with contacting who he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an online chat room in February 2009 and starting a sexually based conversation. The “girl” turned out to be a Barrett Township police officer working undercover. Ritter served as the U.N. chief weapons inspector for seven years, was a harsh critic of the...
  • Colorado Is Broke

    06/19/2010 2:46:09 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 13 replies · 673+ views
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 06/19/2010 | Shout Bits
    Whenever someone says “you know I am good for it,” or “I am going to pay you back really soon,” or “I am just a little short right now,” it is safe to conclude that you are not going to be paid and that the person to whom you foolishly lent money is broke. When companies have a ‘temporary cash shortage,’ even for a day or two, they go bankrupt. Frontier, a onetime independent airline had a profitable business, but due to a creditor refusing to renew an agreement, it went bankrupt. No matter how the mainstream media wants to...
  • Ritter fires back at Hickenlooper ( Colorado DUmmies )

    03/20/2010 4:30:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 447+ views
    KDVR-TV ^ | March 19, 2010 | Eli Stokols
    In the race to be Colorado's next governor, Republicans continue trying to tie the Democrats' new candidate, Mayor John Hickenlooper, to Gov. Bill Ritter, whom both are trying to replace. While Hickenlooper has yet to directly respond to his likely GOP opponent, Scott McInnis, but, in his comments on the campaign trail, he has been increasingly critical of Ritter, who helped shepherd the mayor into the race upon his surprise exit in January. And don't think Ritter hasn't noticed. Friday, In an interview with FOX 31 anchor Ron Zappolo slated to air Sunday night on "Zappolo's People", Ritter fired back...
  • Ritter breaks ribs in bike crash

    03/02/2010 9:48:54 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 637+ views ^ | March 2, 2010 | Lynn Bartels
    Gov. Bill Ritter suffered "multiple rib fractures" in a bicycle accident early today. Ritter was treated at Denver Health Medical Center. "He is OK and he is in good spirits," spokesman Evan Dreyer said. "He is joking and laughing." His wife, Jeannie, was with him at the hospital. Ritter rides two or three mornings a week with friends. They were out today when Ritter around 6 a.m. somehow collided with one of the other cyclists in the group near 23rd Avenue and High Street. Dreyer said he doesn't have details on how the crash occurred. The other cyclist had a...
  • Dozens Of Early Release Prisoners Violating Parole

    02/20/2010 8:28:25 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies · 672+ views
    7News ^ | February 19, 2010 | Marshall Zelinger
    Authorities need your help finding four former Colorado inmates. They were let out early as part of the Gov. Bill Ritter's cost saving early prisoner release program. 36 in all have violated their early parole, and four of them can't be found. some checking on the early release prisoner program. 264 inmates have been released so far. 36 have violated their parole. Having to go back in front of the parole board, 10 are back in prison. One early release prisoner, Terrance Weeks, 25, has been arrested for a new crime, felony menacing. When Tarkington, Johnson and Harris are found,...
  • True Crime-Confessions of the Innocent; Scott Ritter; Cat Gets Called to Jury Duty

    01/20/2010 3:31:47 PM PST · by Fishtalk · 270+ views
    Fish True Crime Blog ^ | 1/20/10 | Pat Fish
    It’s a True Crime Post. Remember Scott Ritter? He was a pervert then and he’s a pervert now. Also, Governor Paterson’s son arrested for stolen credit cards? I pay a visit to crimes and those who confess to crimes. Does anyone really ever confess to a crime they did not commit? I re-visit Texas’ infamous “yogurt shop murders” and a few other crimes that had confessions from folks who later swear their confessions were fake. Perverted Pediatricians? Folks, don’t leave your kids alone with anyone, not even beloved doctors you’ve always trusted. A cat gets called to jury duty and...
  • Hickenlooper has zero dollars in war chest

    01/16/2010 5:38:18 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies · 806+ views
    Daily Sentinel ^ | January 16, 2010 | CHARLES ASHBY
    Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s war chest in his bid to be governor has zero dollars. Meanwhile, the leading Republican candidate to be the Grand Old Party’s nominee topped $1 million, Scott McInnis’ campaign announced Friday. At the same time, Gov. Bill Ritter’s campaign contributions for the fourth quarter of 2009 swelled his coffers to more than $2.5 million. Unfortunately for Hickenlooper, though, state law bars the Democratic governor who dropped his re-election bid earlier this month from giving that money to his fellow party member. But that’s all right, Hickenlooper said in a telephone interview... “I’ve got a steep hill...
  • Colo. AG John Suthers will vote no on justices Mary Mullarkey, Alex Martinez, Michael Bender

    01/15/2010 9:51:57 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 601+ views
    the business world ^ | January 15, 2010
    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers this morning said he will vote no on three of four state supreme court justices who are up for retention in November's elections and yes on Justice Nancy Rice. Suthers will vote against retaining Chief Judge Mary Mullarkey and judges Alex Martinez and Michael Bender... Most Republicans are supporting the effort to deny retention of all four justices who are up for retention. Mullarkey is widely despised by Colorado's Republicans because she and the other four justices are so blatantly partisan in deciding politically controversial cases. If Mullarkey is retained as chief justice this year,...
  • Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Nabbed in Teen Sex Sting (Ritter)

    01/14/2010 2:38:48 PM PST · by Scythian · 57 replies · 2,136+ views
    Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter was arrested in a Pennsylvania sex sting in November on a litany of charges involving a lewd Internet conversation with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
  • Former Chief U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Nabbed in Teen Sex Sting

    01/14/2010 7:50:01 AM PST · by NCDragon · 66 replies · 2,714+ views ^ | January 14, 2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Former chief United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter was arrested in a Pennsylvania sex sting in November on a litany of charges involving a lewd Internet conversation with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl. Ritter, 47, allegedly masturbated in front of a Web camera while he was engaged in conversation in an Internet chat room with an undercover cop posing as the teenage girl. The chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-98, Ritter is accused of contacting the "girl" while using the handle "delmarm4fun" last February. Ritter, of Delmar, N.Y., allegedly told the girl, "Emily," that he...
  • Sex sting in Poconos nets former chief U.N. weapons inspector (Scott Ritter!!)

    01/14/2010 4:23:12 AM PST · by prez234 · 255 replies · 10,453+ views
    Pocono Record ^ | 01/14/2010 | Andrew Scott
    A former chief United Nations weapons inspector is accused of contacting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room, engaging in a sexual conversation and showing himself masturbating on a Web camera. Scott Ritter of Delmar, N.Y., who served as chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991-98 and who was an outspoken critic of the second Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq, is accused of contacting what turned out to be a Barrett Township police officer posing undercover as a teen girl.
  • Former U.N Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Accused in Poconos Sex Sting Operation

    01/14/2010 6:21:59 AM PST · by tlb · 18 replies · 1,524+ views
    Associated Content ^ | January 14, 2010 | Moeursalen
    If you were of the opinion that former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter was a wanker, you'd be right. The widely known self-styled pundit was arrested in a Poconos sex-string operation. Ritter thought he was talking to a 15 year old girl instead of a vice squad cop, and Former U.N Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter Accused in Poconos Sex Sting Operation didn't know police were watching as he masturbated before a web cam and talked about sexual activity with the cop. The double game Ritter played was not only in the political sphere; Ritter also seemed to have a...
  • Colo. Lawmaker Loses Post After Criticizing Ritter

    01/08/2010 11:43:40 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 544+ views
    Associated Press. ^ | January 8, 2010
    A Democratic lawmaker lost his committee vice chairmanship on Friday after he welcomed Gov. Bill Ritter's decision not to run for re-election. Casso said "As with most of his decisions in the last four years, the governor is a day late, a dollar short, and without regard except for his own well being and interests." Democratic House Speaker Terrance Carroll refused to comment on whether the comments prompted him to remove Casso from the vice chairman's seat.
  • Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s bizarre withdrawal (Something doesn’t smell right)

    01/07/2010 7:39:47 AM PST · by truthandlife · 31 replies · 2,937+ views ^ | 1-07-09 | Michelle Malkin
    Something doesn’t smell right. Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter gave his press conference yesterday announcing his withdrawal from his re-election bid. By his own admission, his fund-raising had been going swimmingly. The decision took his staff by complete surprise. And the idea that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wanted to return from the Beltway swamp to take over the governor’s mansion just doesn’t wash. He’s an incurable Washington creature who loves where he is. So, let’s examine Ritter’s did-it-for-the-children card. While one Denver Post columnist lavished praise on Ritter’s ostensible sacrifice for family, other veteran observers point out that it doesn’t add...
  • Salazar gets White House OK for run ( Colorado Governor )

    01/06/2010 2:39:36 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 784+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 01/06/2010 | Michael Riley
    The White House would not object if Interior Secretary Ken Salazar chose to resign his cabinet post and run for Colorado governor... The White House's stance on whether Salazar can leave the cabinet on good terms is a key variable in the race to replace Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, who announced this morning that he would not seek re-election.
  • Dodd, Dorgan And Ritter: Quitters?

    01/06/2010 7:13:07 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies · 860+ views
    1/6/10 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Are Dodd, Dorgan and Ritter quitters? One would think that the State Run Media would surely be consistent and affix the label of quitter upon them. Surely... I mean, didn't the State Run Media call someone else a "quitter" when she left the governors office to move on with her life and expand her horizons, both political and otherwise? We hear the action lines spouted by Dorgan, Dodd and Ritter (Democrats all) being promoted by the State Run Media as to why they are retiring, yet we know that it is because they have seen the hand writing on the...
  • Are Governor Ritter and Stephanie Villafuerte having an affair?

    01/05/2010 10:34:47 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 2,979+ views
    Election Reform Examiner ^ | December 9, 2009 | Jan Tyler
    Governor Bill Ritter and US attorney nominee Stephanie Villafuerte had an affair as early as 2006, confirming reports circulating among political "in-the-know" for years... The Senate Judiciary Committee will review Villafuerte's nomination for US attorney soon. Senator Max Baucus created controversy by nominating his mistress for a US attorney position, making the Villafuerte's relationship with the Governor relevant. Greg Kolomitz, Governor Ritter's disgraced former campaign manager, first made the allegations in 2006, when he traded insults with Jim Carpenter, Ritter's chief of staff at the time. Now more staff are admitting there was an affair. If there was an affair,...
  • Dems have a bad day

    01/05/2010 9:49:10 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 1,074+ views ^ | January 6, 2010 | Various
    Conn. Sen. Chris Dodd expected to announce retirement, sources say WaPo (Just a teaser right now) ^ | January 5, 2009 [North Dakota Dem] Senator Byron Dorgan Will Not Seek Re-Election Fox News Posted on January 5, 2010 6:18:20 PM EST by Freedom_Isn't_Free Ritter is not running for re-election as Colorado's governor (Rat jumps sinking ship) Denver 9 News ^ | 01/05/2010 | Staff Posted on January 5, 2010 10:26:50 PM EST by catnipman 21 House Seats moving towards GOP (2010 predictions) Rothenberg Report ^ | Jan 5, 2009 | Stu Rothenberg 2010 Situation Grows More...
  • Ritter is not running for re-election as Colorado's governor (Rat jumps sinking ship)

    01/05/2010 7:26:50 PM PST · by catnipman · 26 replies · 1,103+ views
    Denver 9 News ^ | 01/05/2010 | Staff
    9 News Denver confirms single-term Democrat Bill Ritter is not running for a second term. Intercepting not allowed from this source. See link for rest of article: article
  • Ritter (Democrat) expected to withdraw from governor's race (Colorado)

    01/05/2010 7:17:23 PM PST · by tips up · 3 replies · 567+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 1/5/10 | Staff
    Gov. Bill Ritter is planning an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday at which he is expected to announce that he will withdraw from the race for governor, numerous sources close to Ritter confirmed tonight. The governor's office made calls to the Colorado Senate president and Speaker of the House to ask about their availability to attend the press conference. At the same time, Washington, D.C. blogs were reporting that Ritter would drop out of the race for governor. Repeated calls for comment to Ritter's staff and communications director were not returned tonight. The governor was said to be making calls...
  • Colorado taxpayers paid $200,000 for guv photos ( Governor Bill Ritter )

    01/02/2010 10:24:25 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 933+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/2/2010 | STEVEN K. PAULSON
    Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter does not have a staff photographer - but he has billed taxpayers more than $200,000 to hire outside contractors and pay for photographs, videos and TV ads promoting his accomplishments since June 2008, including videos of him receiving a "Father of the Year" award and a press conference naming his friend, Michael Bennet, to a U.S. Senate seat. Photos of the "Father of the Year" award taken by Imagine That! Entertainment cost taxpayers $200. The event was promoted by The Bawmann Group, a private consulting firm that also got a state contract, funded by a federal...
  • Homeland security chief questioned in case of fired Colorado ICE agent

    12/09/2009 2:55:53 PM PST · by coloradomomba · 3 replies · 574+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 12/09/2009 | Karen Crummy
    U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama questioned U.S. Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano this morning about the firing of a Colorado immigration agent and asked why the agent's supervisor still has a job, despite the agency's finding that he was not telling the truth about the accessing of a restricted federal database. "I am not personally familiar with this," Napolitano replied during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Homeland Security. "But I will become personally familiar with it." The exchange is the first public indication that Sessions is closely following the case of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Cory Voorhis....
  • DU Panel: Legalization Of Immigrants Beneficial

    12/09/2009 10:33:51 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,616+ views
    Associated Press - ^ | December 9, 2009 | IVAN MORENO
    Millions of undocumented people in the U.S. should be given a path to legal status after the country finds a way to stop illegal immigration, business and government leaders said in a report Wednesday. The University of Denver report argues that legalizing as many of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants as possible could strengthen the economy and national security. But it should come with conditions, such as requiring new immigrants to learn English, pass criminal and medical background checks, and pay any taxes that they owe, the document states. The report is the product of a year of discussions...
  • Ritters deficient defense

    11/05/2009 5:46:12 AM PST · by coloradomomba · 4 replies · 445+ views
    the Denver Post ^ | 11/04/2009 | Vincent Carroll
    "You really should go read the John Kane opinion as opposed to just reading Vince Carroll's column," Gov. Bill Ritter told a KOA audience Monday, because Judge Kane's "findings were that nobody in the DA's office did anything wrong." By all means, let's review Kane's remarks last year regarding the contacts between Ritter's 2006 campaign and the Denver district attorney's office following an attack ad released by Republican candidate Bob Beauprez. The episode is suddenly relevant because President Barack Obama nominated Ritter's deputy chief of staff and former campaign worker, Stephanie Villafuerte, as Colorado's next U.S. attorney. As Ritter suggests,...
  • CALL7 Investigation: Thousands Hired Despite Freeze

    11/03/2009 8:50:59 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 561+ views
    TheDenverChannel ^ | November 3, 2009 | Arthur Kane and John Ferrugia
    Budget Committee Senator Says Freeze Was Mismanaged. Gov. Bill Ritter promised a hiring freeze last year to help bridge the budget gap, but a CALL7 investigation found that as many as 2,300 employees were hired during the “freeze.” “We have taken a number of steps to shore up our fiscal house: imposing a hiring freeze, stopping several new construction projects and halting non-essential spending requests,” Ritter said in his January 2009 State of the State speech. But a CALL7 investigation found that the number of state employees increased during Ritter’s hiring freeze, and Ritter’s top staff, who were tasked with...
  • End mystery on Villafuerte

    10/26/2009 6:22:36 AM PDT · by coloradomomba · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 10/24/2009 | Denver Post Editorial
    Stephanie Villafuerte, nominee for Colorado U.S. attorney, owes the public some answers. A Denver Post story published Friday raised questions about Villafuerte's involvement in the response by Bill Ritter's campaign to the controversial accessing of a restricted law enforcement database in the heat of the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Over the past two years, Villafuerte has declined requests from The Post to describe her contact with former colleagues at the Denver District Attorney's office around the time the database was accessed. But the Senate Judiciary Committee needs to ask her about it. The public deserves to know more details about the...
  • Colorado releases first 10 prisoners to save money

    10/15/2009 3:08:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 975+ views
    ap ^ | Oct 15, 2009
    So far, Colorado has released 10 prisoners early as part of a plan to save $19 million, including a man previously convicted of a child sex-assault case. Gov. Bill Ritter has said that no sex offenders, kidnappers or sex offenders would be released early. Fifty-one-year-old Benny Joe Rael was convicted of a child sex-assault case back in 1982 although that's not the crime he had been serving time for.
  • Soured deal with Gov. Ritter forces Romanoff's hand ( Colorado DUmmies fight )

    09/06/2009 11:25:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 660+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 09/04/2009 | Michael Riley
    Andrew Romanoff set his sights on a race for the U.S. Senate only after the breakdown of several months of backroom negotiations with Gov. Bill Ritter to find an alternative political opportunity for the popular former state House speaker. the potential deal centered on appointing Romanoff lieutenant governor when Barbara O'Brien — who was considering other options — stepped aside. Romanoff allies said Ritter finally told the veteran state legislator in a meeting between the two men in late June that he would not get the job. That set off a chain of events that led Romanoff to consider a...
  • Inmate cuts may open gate for Colorado crime

    08/21/2009 3:48:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 622+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | August 21, 2009 | Kirk Mitchell
    Gov. Bill Ritter's plan to cut the state budget through inmate releases could reduce Colorado's prison population by 1,000 in a year and immediately save $19 million. It will also almost certainly accelerate the commission of new crimes, and could force layoffs from a privately run prison. Ritter's plan calls for trimming parole supervision for some inmates already out of prison, and releasing some non-sex-offender inmates early and placing them on parole. A total of 5,700 inmates or parolees could see their status change as a result of Ritter's cut. A Metropolitan State College of Denver professor says it's unavoidable...
  • Gov. Ritter Steered Stimulus Money To Ex-Employer (Democrat cronyism stimulated in Colorado)

    07/12/2009 8:23:46 AM PDT · by catnipman · 10 replies · 871+ views
    CBS4Denver(AP) ^ | July 12, 2009 | AP
    Denver (AP) Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has awarded some of the state's first stimulus money to his former employer in a no-bid contract. Ritter hired his former law firm, the Washington-based Hogan & Hartson, in a no-bid contract to review stimulus spending, The Denver Post reported Friday. It said the firm was paid $40,000 in stimulus money through June. ...
  • Ritter OKs bill blowing state budget cap; Dems say tax limits are next target

    06/05/2009 8:52:09 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 8 replies · 769+ views
    Colorado Senate News ^ | Wednesday, 03 June 2009
    As Colorado's Democrat governor effectively signed away a long-standing policy limiting the growth of the state's budget, a key legislative ally called today for rolling back other restraints on taxing and spending. Incoming Senate Democrat leader John Morse welcomed the enactment of controversial Senate Bill 228--diverting billions of dollars away from transportation projects in coming years--by promising that the fight "is just beginning" to retool the state's other constitutional taxing and spending limits. That double-punch left Republicans incredulous, and they pointed out that only months ago, Colorado voters soundly rejected a ballot proposal that would have gutted the perennially popular...
  • McInnis makes it official: He'll challenge Ritter

    05/20/2009 11:00:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 842+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 05/20/2009 | Jessica Fender
    Former Congressman Scott McInnis has officially entered the 2010 gubernatorial race with little fanfare... The secretary of state's office confirmed that the Republican turned in his paperwork Tuesday afternoon. McInnis has traveled the state building support for his campaign in recent weeks and launched a phone campaign.
  • Ritter vetoes gun check exemption (CCW holders don't trust "Critter" either)

    05/15/2009 6:37:16 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 22 replies · 1,141+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 5-15-2009 | The Denver Post
    Freep this poll Gov. Bill Ritter has vetoed a bill that would have exempted some gun buyers from background checks, saying it contains "inadequate safeguards" to prevent ineligible people from buying firearms. The bill would have allowed holders of valid concealed-handgun permits to avoid mandatory criminal background checks by presenting that permit along with one other piece of identification when buying a gun. Critics said there would be no way to guarantee that the current holder of a concealed-weapons permit surrendered it in the event of their arrest for a violent felony. A person in that circumstance would not be...
  • McInnis Gets Early Support For 2010 Governor's Race

    04/25/2009 6:18:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 1,007+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2009
    Former Governor Bill Owens' three children are inviting people to a meet-and-greet for former Republican congressman Scott McInnis, who's thinking about running for governor. McInnis served in the U.S. House for six terms. He and a fellow West Slope Republican, state Sen. Josh Penry, have expressed interest running for governor next year.
  • Ritter doesn't fare well in poll ( Colorado )

    04/24/2009 7:27:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 832+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 04/24/2009 | Lynn Bartels
    Democrat Bill Ritter rode an anti-Republican sentiment into the governor's office in 2006, but a new poll suggests he might have a much harder time in his re-election bid. In the survey of 1,050 likely Colorado voters, Ritter's disapproval ratings are higher than his approval ratings among all voters, including Hispanics and the most crucial bloc of all in Colorado politics: unaffiliated voters. Ritter ... most likely will face one of two Grand Junction Republicans next year: former Congressman Scott McInnis or Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry. The poll shows McInnis beating Ritter, 48-41, and Ritter barely edging Penry, 40-42....

    04/21/2009 9:59:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 1,295+ views
    The Cherry Creek News ^ | 22 April 2009 | Dreyer, Evan
    Gov. Bill Ritter today signed into law the historic Colorado Healthcare Affordability Act, which will provide health coverage to more than 100,000 uninsured Coloradans and reduce uncompensated care and cost shifting. House Bill 09-1293 is the most significant health reform legislation in Colorado in four decades. “At no increased cost to taxpayers, the Colorado Healthcare Affordability Act will allow us to provide critical health services to people who need those services the most,” Gov. Ritter said. “This historic legislation will significantly address the crisis of the uninsured while also reducing uncompensated care and cost-shifting in our healthcare system. By partnering...
  • Ritter Signs Healthcare Reform Bill

    04/22/2009 9:25:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 454+ views
    Thedenverchannel,com ^ | 4/21/09 | Lane Lyon
    DENVER -- Tens of thousands of uninsured patients could get hospital care under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Ritter. The new law generates funds through hospital provider fees and federal matching dollars to cover the cost of caring for uninsured patients. Supporters said the measure will keep health care costs down and reduce the number of uninsured people seeking care in emergency rooms because they can go to their own doctor.
  • Buck: I’m leaning toward Senate race (Colorado)

    03/29/2009 9:03:27 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 619+ views
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | March 25, 2009
    Weld District Attorney Ken Buck said Tuesday that he’s leaning toward running for Senate in 2010 against Senate appointee Michael Bennet. However, Buck said he has ruled out running for other offices while on his listening tour around the state. Buck said he likely will file paperwork to run for the Senate seat in April and then will announce his candidacy. He declined to give a date for his announcement. Bennet, a Democrat, was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to the Senate after Ken Salazar left his seat to take a position in President Barack Obama’s cabinet. Buck, a Republican,...
  • Ritter would sign in-state tuition bill for illegal immigrants

    03/13/2009 2:18:05 PM PDT · by bergmeid · 29 replies · 1,112+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 13, 2009 | Tim Hoover
    Gov. Bill Ritter says he would sign a bill giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants if it reaches his desk....
  • Ethics Violations Possible In State Trade Mission ( Colorado Ritter )

    03/12/2009 9:53:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 172+ views
    TheDenverChannel ^ | March 10, 2009 | Arthur Kane and Tony Kovaleski,
    Gov. Bill Ritter’s trade mission to Asia in November was funded, in part, by private businesses and that might have violated state ethics laws... Critics have questioned why Ritter would take a trip that cost $78,000 in state money while the state is facing an economic crisis, but records uncovered ... show that thousands of dollars in private money also went to offset some of the state employees’ travel expenses. “You've got a number of groups spending a good deal of money essentially still buying access to our government,” At issue is nearly $34,000 collected in sponsorships and participation fees...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 03-12-09 (Long Winded Idiot Pitt Blows Ill Wind)

    03/12/2009 6:12:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies · 1,148+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | March 12, 2009 | William Rivers Pitt, DUmmies, and PJ-Comix
    It seems like William Rivers Pitt has forgotten his role in perpetrating one of the biggest journalistic frauds (Karl Rove "indictment scoop") of the 21st century. Having conveniently removed that episode from his memory banks, Pitt has now jumped back on his soapbox to lecture conservatives as you can see in his latest DUmmie THREAD, "Idiot Wind." You want some idiot wind, Pitt? Well, this edition of the DUmmie FUnnies is going to blow your own idiot wind right up your butt with your own words. Yes, every single reply will consist entirely of Pied Piper Pitt quotes so...
  • Ritter (Colorado Dem Governor) to sign measure today to raise car registration fees

    03/02/2009 1:09:42 PM PST · by beaversmom · 4 replies · 370+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 2, 2009
    A bill to raise vehicle registration fees to pay for bridge and highway repairs is on the verge of becoming law. Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign the measure (Senate Bill 108) today near a bridge over Interstate 25 in Thornton. The bridge is among 126 currently rated as poor by state engineers and, at a cost of $19 million, could be among those replaced with the fee money. The bill phases in the fee hikes over three years. For the owners of passenger cars and sport utility vehicles, it would ultimately mean phasing in an extra $41 a year.
  • Ritter's Asia Trip Cost Nearly $80,000

    02/21/2009 4:24:21 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 414+ views
    TheDenverChannel ^ | February 20, 2009 | Arthur Kane and Tony Kovaleski
    As Gov. Bill Ritter was looking to slash the budget because of the economic downturn, he and nine other state employees spent more than $78,000 for a trip to Asia late last year... During the trip, Ritter and two other top state officials flew business class on state money, paying $6,500 per ticket ... "It would appear that this is above and beyond what was necessary for a trade delegation of this type," said state Sen. Ted Harvey... Ritter...said business class was necessary because the state employees had to be rested to do business on the trip.