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Tempers flare over budget impasse; Marostica to Penry: ‘Go jump in...

The Colorado Senate finally gave an initial OK to an $18 billion state budget late Thursday night after approving a plan over vehement GOP objections to lift $500 million from a state worker's compensation fund to avoid massive cuts in higher education funding. But not before things got mighty testy.

Colo. Senate GOP hosting Internet ‘attack site’

Colorado Senate News.com, that rich vein of "news and information from the Senate Minority Office," has morphed from a public relations faux-news outlet to an Internet "attack site"! Surfing to the Web address brings notices not to open the site because it may "try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others or damage your system."

Ritter responds to GOP on Gitmo: ‘They’re just making stuff up’

Gov. Bill Ritter's office pulled no punches Tuesday morning responding to a report that the communication arm of the Colorado Senate Minority Office edited a radio interview to make it seem as though Ritter had changed his position on housing Guantanamo detainees in Colorado. "They're just making stuff up," Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer wrote in an e-mail to the Colorado Independent. "Nothing new for them, though."

Senate Minority Office ‘applauds’ mangled quote from Ritter on Gitmo

ColoradoSenateNews.com is at it again. The partisan communications operation of the Republican Colorado Senate Minority office issued a gleeful press release Monday applauding "Ritter's change of tune on Gitmo detainees." The release includes an audio clip that appears to represent Gov. Bill Ritter suggesting Guantanamo Bay prisoners should be sent to Pakistan rather than housed at the Supermax federal detention facility in Florence. Except that's not what Ritter said on a radio broadcast Monday morning, and the audio clip included on the ColoradoSenateNews site -- while presenting itself as a seamless statement from Ritter -- edits out a lengthy discussion that narrows the topic considerably while also criticizing the Bush administration for bungling the cases against many of the Gitmo detainees.

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Probe of Senate Minority Office

Colorado Citizens for Ethics in Government (CCEG) submitted letters today to Governor Bill Ritter and District Attorney Mitch Morrissey to launch a full investigation...