Politics

6:00pm

Mon February 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Sen. Orrin Hatch Invites Himself To Tea Party Town Hall

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has long been considered one of Capitol Hill's staunchest conservatives, and that despite his famous long-time friendship with the Senate's late liberal lion, Edward Kennedy.

But there are those in the Tea Party movement who see Hatch as suspect. Thus, a potential primary fight looms for Hatch because he supported, among other things, the bank bailouts in 2008.

So Hatch is courting the Tea Party in an attempt to avoid the fate of his one-time Senate colleague, also from Utah, Robert Bennett who lost his seat to Tea Party favorite, Sen. Mike Lee.

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3:20pm

Mon February 7, 2011
It's All Politics

Jeb Bush For President In 2012?

One element of Gen. George Washington's personal life that made him an appealing choice for first president to many early Americans was his lack of biological children.

That diminished fears of a new inherited monarchy being established in the newly independent U.S., according to Washington biographer Ron Chernow.

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3:00pm

Mon February 7, 2011
Politics

Lawmakers Waiting on Governor’s Budget Proposal

Colorado Statesman

Colorado lawmakers have been in session for just shy of one month. And unlike years past, things have been fairly quite so far. But that’s likely to change next week when Governor John Hickenlooper releases his budget and plans to make up for an estimated $1.1 billion shortfall.

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11:01am

Sun February 6, 2011
Politics

Colorado's Fraying Safety Net

Regina Gonzales works at United Way of Weld County’s 211 Call Center, a hotline that connects callers with basic needs like transportation or food.
Grace Hood

Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee must fill an estimated $1.1 billion budget gap which will likely translate into deep cuts to many programs including safety net services for lower income individuals. Supplemental money that would continue a free breakfast program for needy kids through the end of this school year has already been targeted by the JBC amid controversy.

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10:25am

Sun February 6, 2011
Politics

Joint Budget Committee Grapples with $1 Billion Shortfall

Colorado State Capitol
Creative Commons

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will release his budget plans for the following year next week. And with an estimated $ 1.1 billion shortfall to fill – lawmakers will have to grapple with cuts to programs and services that have a direct impact on all Coloradan’s. KUNC kicks off our “Government and You” series with a look at the six lawmakers who are largely responsible for balancing Colorado’s budget.

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