Politicker Shuts Down 12 State Sites

01/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Twelve Politicker political news sites around the country, including in Colorado, were shut down and their reporters unexpectedly laid off Friday morning. The sites, billed as "Inside politics for political insiders," covered news in 17 states around the country and are owned by the Observer Media Group, based in New York. sites in New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania will remain operating, according to a source with the company. Sites in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont and Washington state will disappear.

Most of the sites, including Colorado's, employed a single reporter to cover local political news, which was then aggregated on a national site. Jeremy Pelzer, the lone reporter, has been based out of the state Capitol since January and is among those who learned of the layoffs Friday morning, according to a source with the news organization.

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