March 1, 2012 |
A GOP-led attempt to roll back new rules requiring insurance companies to provide free contraceptive care was dismissed by the Senate -- a rejection of a Republican pivot toward conservative social issues and a victory for President Obama's healthcare law. The 51-48 vote to table the Republican measure showed dissent among the GOP, as several Republican senators said the legislation was too broad for their support. Republicans say the new Obama administration policy is an affront to religious freedom and an example of the administration's regulatory overreach.
November 3, 2010 |
It appears that Democrat Michael Bennet will remain Colorado's junior senator. In the tightest Senate race in the country, Bennet led GOP challenger Ken Buck by .4 percentage points, or about 7,000 votes, Wednesday morning. That led the Denver Post to declare him the winner. Colorado requires a recount if the margin of victory is less than .5% of the victor's total, but it seems like Bennet will surpass that threshold. There are still votes to be counted, but they come primarily from uber-liberal Boulder County and suburban Arapahoe, a situation that favors Bennet over Buck.
February 18, 2010 |
Looking to galvanize Democrats, President Obama cast himself Thursday as a truth-teller in the Harry S. Truman mold, mocking Republicans who opposed his $787-billion economic stimulus package while claiming credit for delivering projects back home. Speaking to about 2,400 people at a fundraising reception in Denver, Obama invoked a famous phrase from President Truman's come-from-behind bid to stay in the White House in 1948. "A lot of these guys when it comes to the ribbon-cuttings for the projects, they show up," Obama told a packed concert hall.
January 4, 2009 |
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. named Denver's public schools superintendent as his choice to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to Interior secretary in the Obama administration. The move, leaked a day early to the media, surprised many who considered Supt. Michael Bennet, 44, a dark horse candidate for the spot. The Democrat has never campaigned for or held public office.
January 3, 2009 |
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. is expected to announce today that he is appointing Michael Bennet, the head of the Denver school district, to fill the state's vacant U.S. Senate seat. The state's Democratic senior senator, Ken Salazar, is leaving to serve as secretary of the Interior in the Obama administration. Speculation has swirled for weeks over whom Ritter, a Democrat, would pick as Salazar's replacement.
November 14, 1997 |
Donald McKayle has had some stiff competition for Tony Awards: Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Michael Bennet and Gower Champion, Broadway legends all. Despite five nominations, the UC Irvine professor has never taken one home, notwithstanding the time he directed (and choreographed) a show that won the Tony for best musical. "A split like that is rare," he says. "I have no idea why they did it." In the 50-year history of the awards it has happened only a handful of times.