When our special double Republican/Democratic Assembly Issue came out early Friday, the congressional assemblies were about to start. The state assemblies would follow on Saturday where candidates for the U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor and statewide races would be nominated for the primary ballot. Matt Milner captured the occasion perfectly with this cover depicting the Republican races in a “Game of Thrones” theme. Delegates and guests previewed all the fun in The Colorado Statesman’s largest issue of the year. Now that the candidates have been selected for the primaries, stay tuned for next week’s issue with assembly coverage, analysis and commentary on all the Republican hoop-la.

4/13/2014
By Jody Hope Strogoff and Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

In the thick of a busy nomination calendar for Colorado candidates, state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call and state Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio joined The Colorado Statesman for a wide-ranging discussion about the upcoming election and the possible fortunes of candidates in a state both agree is up for grabs in the November election.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Several Republican lawmakers will face term limits this year, exiting the legislature after many years of service, including a former House speaker and a former majority leader who both stood at the helm through one of the most tumultuous times in the legislature’s history.

Reps. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch and Amy Stephens of Monument came in together, built a majority together, lost control of the power structure together, and will now leave the institution together.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado

Just two days before Republicans head into the State Assembly with a message of unity, conservative House Republicans on Thursday attempted a coup against Minority Caucus Whip Kevin Priola in an effort to oust him from leadership.

The effort — led by Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker — failed due to confusion over caucus rules. But an initial vote by the caucus during the 30-minute meeting indicated that a majority of House Republicans were willing to oust Priola as whip.

4/13/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Four Republicans are vying for the nomination to run for the 4th Congressional District seat left open by U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner’s decision in late February to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

Two of the candidates — Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and Steve Laffey of Larimer County — turned in petitions last week and the other two — Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and state Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley — are hoping to win the support of at least 30 percent of delegates at Friday’s CD 4 assembly in Broomfield.

4/13/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

A year into what promises to be U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s toughest campaign, staffers say the biggest challenge is matching the energy of the candidate himself.

“Trying to keep up with Mike Coffman is an exhausting job,” says Coffman campaign manager Tyler Sandberg. “Our daily life is trying to keep up with Mike Coffman. We may be half his age, but we’re trying to keep up with him.”

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Republican candidate for secretary of state Wayne Williams says the current office, led by Republican Scott Gessler, could be doing a better job working with county clerks.

Williams might be walking into a tense situation next year if he defeats Democrat Joe Neguse this November. Both Williams and Neguse are running unopposed for their respective parties’ nominations. Gessler is seeking the GOP’s nomination for governor instead of running for re-election.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

The two Republican candidates for attorney general both agree that there needs to be a balance between political activism and law when it comes to the top legal office.

Rep. Mark Waller of Colorado Springs and Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman both say that their first priority would be representing the state as its chief attorney if they were elected to the office. But they also believe that there is no hiding from the fact that there are politics at play in any statewide elected office.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Republican Walker Stapleton acknowledges that many in the political world believe he is positioning himself for a political future beyond that of the treasurer’s office. But the outspoken state treasurer says his only true intent currently is to seek re-election for another four years managing the state’s finances.

“I’m focused on doing my job right now, and I enjoy dealing with economic fiscal issues, and if I didn’t enjoy my job, I wouldn’t be running for re-election,” explained Stapleton.

4/13/2014

Colorado Republican officials addressed the recent American Israel Public Affairs Annual Colorado event on April 6. AIPAC is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the Republican members of the congressional delegation.

HUDSON: SHOULD THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE BE PUNISHED?
4/13/2014
By Miller Hudson
Contributing Columnist

Did it prick your civic conscience when you learned that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper hosted a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association in Aspen? Was it particularly galling to find out this meeting was primarily a subterfuge to assemble Democratic governors for a high-dollar fundraiser with the Aspen glitterati? And, did it further chafe that raw spot beneath your saddle when you discovered the Governor and several of his staff received free meals, free rooms and free stuff?

4/13/2014
By Maggie Tharp
The Colorado Statesman

There’s nothing like a lengthy political gathering to whet your appetite. Remember the Republican marathon state assembly back in 2006 that lasted through late afternoon after gubernatorial hopeful Marc Holtzman demanded a recount of the votes?

This year’s GOP event takes place Saturday, April 12 at the Coors Events Center at CU-Boulder, alma mater of Republican State Chairman Ryan Call, and after a full day of nominations — Governor, U.S. Senate, CD 4 — plus resolutions and speeches, you’ll likely be famished.

4/13/2014
By Judie Schwartz
Contributing Columnist

Psst, hey lady delegate, new in town? Curious about where to shop in Boulder? Want the lowdown on the newest fashion trends for the season? Allow Style Matters to guide you as you pass from reality to the jewel in the crown of radical liberalism or as Boulder is sometimes referred to, the People’s Republic of Boulder. Boulderites like to shop as much as the next person and the town boasts some great stores.

4/13/2014

TOP
SECRET 
MEMORANDUM
 
To: Colorado Republicans

From: Unknown Knowers

Date: April 12, 2014

Re: The Unknown Known, a documentary of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

4/4/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Libertarians nominated a record 41 candidates for state, federal and county offices last weekend at the party’s state convention in Golden and party officials predicted that a recent rise in its ranks — the number of registered Libertarians in the state more than doubled over the last two years — could mean the perennial third party emerges as a bona fide major party by the end of the decade.

4/4/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

After hours of testimony, a House committee on Wednesday evening laid over a measure that would place ride-sharing services like Lyft and UberX under light regulation, leaving the final destination of the bill uncertain.

Senate Bill 125 did not come to a screeching halt — the Transportation and Energy Committee has scheduled the bill for a vote next Wednesday. The hearing this week served to simply take witness testimony.

4/4/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

World Denver lassoed another top tier speaker for its Denver luncheon this week, serving up former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates along with the usual rubber chicken. Since leaving the Obama administration, Gates has assumed a position as Chancellor at William & Mary College and written a memoir covering his five years (2006-11) as Defense Secretary for Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. He enjoys the distinction of being the only Defense Secretary to have survived a change in administrations.

3/28/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Jefferson County Republicans had expected to set the stage for two hotly contested legislative primaries at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Lakewood but also teed up a third at the last minute, pitting an incumbent House member in a rematch against the primary challenger he defeated two years ago.

To no one’s surprise, a pair of self-described grassroots candidates — both with the backing of a hard-line gun-rights group — will be facing off in primaries against more establishment-style candidates in two state Senate races following votes by assembly delegates.

3/28/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

The Jefferson County Republican Party on Thursday demanded that the House District 23 candidate nominated by delegates at last Saturday’s county assembly quit the race after learning he had been charged in an online scam and espoused white supremacist positions. And later that day, that’s exactly what happened.

3/28/2014
By Jody Hope Strogoff
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper almost hit one out of the ball park Tuesday night at Churchill’s Bar at the Brown Palace Hotel. Commenting on the official opening of baseball season next Friday and the importance of Colorado Rockies star players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales staying off the disabled list, the sporting guv couldn’t emphasize it enough. Shortstop Tulo’s got to stay healthy, Hickenlooper told several dozen heavy hitters who gathered for a fundraiser for the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. “If Carlos Gonzalez doesn’t stay healthy,” he added, “I’d give up my reelection bid.”

3/28/2014

Following news that Gov. John Hickenlooper installed beer taps at the Governor’s Mansion, Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, held a “toga party” news conference in front of the mansion at 4:20 p.m. on Friday to question why the governor is actively promoting alcohol use while condemning marijuana.

PHOTO BY PETER MARCUS/THE COLORADO STATESMAN

SMITH: ‘INVEST IN SOMETHING GREATER THAN YOURSELF’
3/28/2014
By Morgan Smith
GUEST COLUMNIST

Now that preparations are beginning for Governor John Hickenlooper’s June trip to Mexico, it’s worth looking at the importance of building relationships there — relationships with your business partners if you’re a company but also relationships with other countries or regions if you’re a state like Colorado. Colorado has worked hard on this with Mexico, its second largest export market, and has had strong leadership from the Governor. There are three little-known Colorado non-profits, however, that have been critical to this relationship for more than two decades.

3/21/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

A nonprofit group associated with a pair of conservative billionaires this week launched a nearly $1 million ad campaign against U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, linking the incumbent Democrat to the federal health care law known as Obamacare.

“Millions have lost their health insurance, millions can’t see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less,” says a woman in the race’s first major attack ad. “Obamacare doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. Tell Senator Udall to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people.”

3/21/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, has scaled back an original proposal that would have banned cannabis-infused products and concentrates. Instead, his new proposal would set potency equivalency limits for edibles and concentrates.

McNulty has partnered with Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, to push the potency equivalency proposal. The bills — which have delayed status and are expected to be introduced in the coming days — would seek to determine equivalent potencies between infused products, concentrates and the actual marijuana flower.

3/21/2014
By Jody Hope Strogoff
The Colorado Statesman

Howard “Bo” Callaway, best remembered by most people as Georgia’s first Republican congressman since Reconstruction and later Secretary of the Army under President Richard Nixon, died in his native state last week at the age of 86. But his powerful presence in Colorado politics during the 1980s has left an indelible mark on the state’s political landscape.

3/14/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Fresh off his convincing win in the gubernatorial straw polls conducted at Republican precinct caucuses, Secretary of State Scott Gessler this week vowed to maintain his status as the front-runner and win the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But only a week after joining the race, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez sought to dampen Gessler’s parade when he announced the endorsement of four of the state’s top current and former elected Republicans and also unveiled a finance committee packed with donors who had previously supported Gessler.

3/14/2014
The Colorado Statesman

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez disclosed this week that beer baron Pete Coors is serving as a member of his campaign finance committee. A week earlier, Coors assumed the head post at the Denver 2016 Host Committee — the organization trying to lure the RNC to Denver two years from now — after fellow Republican Beauprez stepped down to become a candidate for governor.

Coors said this week that he is a member of Beauprez’s finance committee “in name only” and that he isn’t planning on doing any work for his friend’s campaign for governor this year.

3/14/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

House District 24 Democratic candidate and Edgewater City Councilman Kristian Teegardin is not concerned that a past criminal history for attempting to pass a bad check will hurt him in a divisive primary against Wheat Ridge progressive policy strategist Jessie Danielson, or in the general election if he makes it there.

Teegardin was arrested at 29 years old in 2002 after attempting to pass the bogus check at an urgent care medical facility near where he lived at the time in Bloomington, Ind. He was charged with a misdemeanor for “check deception.”

3/14/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Some of the biggest winners of the legislative session walk on four legs, as lawmakers have passed bills that would prohibit greyhound racing, extend laws that govern health and welfare at pet facilities and allow emergency medical technicians to provide care for ill and injured pets.

The howls weren’t very loud, as many of the bills fell under the radar, quietly passing through their respective committees. But lawmakers and animal welfare groups hope that the work will protect the state’s furriest creatures for many years to come.

3/14/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Colleagues remembered former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on Tuesday morning as a bit of a “curmudgeon” with a dry sense of humor, but also as a man dedicated to the rules of the legislature and to keeping money out of politics.

Gordon died suddenly on Dec. 22 at 63 years old from a heart attack that quickly took him down. Gordon drove himself to the hospital and then collapsed and died to the shock and awe of friends and family. He was buried in Michigan before a memorial in Denver on Jan. 7 at Temple Emanuel.

3/9/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Vowing to reverse a decade-long slump in the Republican Party’s fortunes in swing state Colorado, Rep. Cory Gardner officially launched his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Saturday inside a Denver lumber warehouse.

“In 2008, Colorado led the nation for change,” said the two-term congressman, referencing a year Democrats — including President Barack Obama and Udall — carried the state. “And in 2014, we can change it again.”

3/9/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado telecommunications industry is hopeful that the reception has cleared enough in the state legislature this year to connect on a package of reform proposals that lawmakers hope to introduce in the next couple of weeks.

Drafts had not yet been presented to industry stakeholders as of press time on Thursday, but Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, who is leading the charge, said she plans on presenting them to all stakeholders before the bills are introduced.

3/9/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez formally entered the governor’s race this week, making it eight Republicans hoping to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“I’ve been watching this race and thinking that this was an opportunity to maybe take some turf back for the GOP side, especially given the governor’s record of late,” Beauprez told The Colorado Statesman.

DELGROSSO: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS SERVE THE STATE
3/9/2014
By George DelGrosso
GUEST COLUMNIST

As the experts in providing integrated behavioral health services to the people of Colorado, the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) has advocated for many years to expand funding for much-needed mental health and substance abuse care and treatment. The 28 independent private organizations which are our members know first-hand the importance of these services and the consequences of funding gaps and shortages.

SMITH: COLORADANS COULD PLAY ROLE IN HIS PROSECUTION
3/9/2014
By Morgan Smith
The Colorado Statesman

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Mexican officials with help from various U.S. law enforcement agencies captured the notorious leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. In what seems like a tremendous coup, it took place without a shot being fired. Even though there are questions like — “Was this too easy?” or “Will the decapitation of drug cartels only lead to more violence as underlings fight to take the place of the captured leader?” or “Is this just the Mexican government deciding not to continue protecting Chapo?” — I believe that it’s an important accomplishment.

3/9/2014
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

The setting: A book club somewhere in metro Denver.

The book: “The First Wives Club” (made into a film of the same name starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.)

The plot: Three women “of a certain age” take revenge on their ex-husbands who have left them for younger women, the so-called dreaded trophy wife.

2/28/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

In a stunning development that instantly reconfigured Colorado’s electoral landscape, news broke Wednesday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, plans to drop his bid for reelection and instead challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall for a seat that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

2/28/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers are learning the hard lessons of funding an education budget in a year when there is more money to go around. Fights are already underway between educators, administrators and legislators over how to reduce the so-called “negative factor” before enacting additional mandates on teachers and districts.

Lawmakers on Tuesday formally introduced what is being called the Student Success Act, or House Bill 1292, a bipartisan effort that would address some of the fallout from the failure of Amendment 66 this past November.

FOWLER: ALL ABOARD!
2/28/2014
By Hugh Fowler
GUEST COLUMNIST

AMTRAK has operated two trains through Colorado since Congress excused the national railroads from hauling people and assigned the job to that ongressionally chartered corporation. Most Denver folks are aware of the famous California Zephyr, making two stops a day at the soon to be re-opened Union Station on the way to San Francisco from Chicago.

2/24/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Hearings kicked off this week for air quality rulemaking that would make Colorado the first state to regulate detection and reduction of methane emissions by the oil and gas industry.

The plan — touted by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat — aims to capture 95 percent of emissions by requiring expedited inspections for leak detection and repair, as well as controls on storage tanks and other emissions sources. The target is on hydrocarbons, including both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and methane.

2/24/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Four of Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial hopefuls took turns attacking Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday at a debate in Denver but also heaped criticism on the two GOP front-runners, who have so far declined to participate in debates they say will only sow division among Republicans.

2/17/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

It was a tough week for Republicans and gun rights activists as they watched several of their efforts to roll back gun control backfire. A gaffe by one Senate Republican made national headlines, while interest waned on attending legislative hearings seeking to expand gun rights.

The legislature this week heard two separate measures seeking to repeal a law backed by Democrats last year that banned high-capacity ammunition magazines, while also debating another measure that sought to give school districts the right to arm teachers.

1/20/2014
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

Last Monday found Style Matters pulling on a pair of sequin and beaded blue cowboy boots in preparation for the annual Citizen of the West dinner, the traditional kick-off of the National Western Stock Show.

12/16/2013
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

‘Tis the travelin’ time of year, Stylish Reader, and odds are you or a close personal friend or family member will be spending extra unexpected time at an airport. You better not pout. This is a shopping and eating opportunity not to be missed. DIA is brimming with new restaurants and boutiques. Sure, Style Matters has heard reports that airport prices might be a bit higher to take advantage of captive shoppers, but that’s offset by the originality of the merchandise and the improving quality of new restaurants.

11/24/2013
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

I am in love. The second Google introduced us, I was smitten. I’ve heard talk of rekindling old romances via the Internet, but I never thought it would happen to me. Don’t give me any lip or any tongue or behave like a heel. I’m talking about crushing on the most adorable, colorful and comfy pair of sneakers ever designed by a ... well ... a designer.

10/18/2013
By Judy Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

The first sprinkling of snow on the foothills is the Style Matters signal to hightail it into the malls and boutiques. The stores are loaded in preparation for pre-holiday shopping. Selection will never be better. Not sure what to buy? Take these Style Matters tips with you.
 

6/7/2013
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

Lobbying: The process of influencing public and government policy at all levels: federal, state, and local. Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. (From thefreedictionary.com)

STYLE MATTERS
4/29/2013
By Judie Schwartz
Contributing Columnist

4/13/2014


When our special double Democratic/Republican Assembly Issue came out early Friday, the congressional assemblies were about to start. The state assemblies would follow on Saturday where candidates for the U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor and statewide races would be nominated for the primary ballot. Matt Milner captured the occasion perfectly with this cover depicting the Democratic races in a “Game of Thrones” theme. Delegates and guests previewed all the fun in The Colorado Statesman’s largest issue of the year. Now that the candidates have been selected for the primaries, stay tuned for next week’s issue with assembly coverage, analysis and commentary on all the Democratic hoop-la.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Several Democrats will face term limits this year after many years of service, including Rep. Mark Ferrandino, the first openly gay speaker of the House, who believes that his rise to leadership oddly rested in part on the failure of a same-sex civil unions measure in 2012.

Sworn-in on Oct. 1, 2007 after then-Rep. Mike Cerbo of Denver stepped down, Ferrandino was only 29 years old. The bright-eyed optimist with a penchant for budget discussions could have never dreamed that his legislative journey would take him to the top of the House chamber’s food chain.

4/13/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Even though Andrew Romanoff’s 6th Congressional District campaign staff is stocked with veterans of previous Romanoff runs — notable for massive volunteer participation and enthusiasm — staffers say the buzz about the Democrat’s campaign this year is already reaching the frenetic level not usually found until much closer to the election.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

One thing Democrat Joe Neguse will not be doing if he is elected secretary of state in November is moonlighting.

The University of Colorado Regent from CD 2 points to the kerfuffle current Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, caused shortly after taking office in 2011 when Gessler planned to work part-time at his old law firm, which deals almost exclusively with election law.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

The sole Democratic candidate for attorney general says that he would look at each case through a legal lens rather than through a political filter if he were elected the state’s next chief attorney.

Don Quick, the former district attorney for Adams County, is almost sure to receive his party’s nomination at the State Assembly in order to compete against one of two Republican candidates, either Rep. Mark Waller of Colorado Springs, or Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

4/13/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey is ready for another go at public office after only a short two years in Washington, D.C. But she says she isn’t using the treasurer’s race as an opportunity to jump back into the limelight.

“I’ve had a long career in both the public and the private sectors, and I’m at a point in my career where I want to do something that is meaningful for me for the next couple of years,” explained Markey.

4/13/2014
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democratic officials addressed the recent American Israel Public Affairs Annual Colorado event on April 6. AIPAC is the only American organization whose principal mission is to lobby the U.S. government about legislation that strengthens the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Below is a lightly edited transcript of the Democratic members of the congressional delegation as well as the remarks of the Governor.

4/13/2014

Following is a summary of April ballot measures as reported by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League:

• TABOR excess revenue retention — Mead, approved.

• Debt — Erie, $6.2 million for a police station and municipal court building; Keenesburg, $960,000 for street improvements; Lyons, $995,000 to match a FEMA community disaster loan; Pagosa Springs, $18 million for a community recreation center; Ridgway, $1.9 million for street improvements; and Wellington, $2.4 million for a town park. All approved except Pagosa Springs.

HUDSON: SHOULD THE SECRETARY OF STATE BE PUNISHED?
4/13/2014
By Miller Hudson
Contributing Columnist

Was your civic conscience troubled when you learned that Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, attended an election law conference in order to compare notes with other Republican election lawyers in 2012? Was it particularly irksome to discover this meeting was piggybacked on the Republican National Convention scheduled in nearby Tampa, Florida? Were you further outraged to find out that Gessler dipped into his discretionary expense account in order to cover his travel expenses for appearing as a speaker at this partisan confab?

4/13/2014
By Maggie Tharp
The Colorado Statesman

Read closely, because the next several paragraphs may change your life – or, at least they’ll change the outcome of your day on Saturday, April 12 when the Democratic State Assembly is held in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center’s Bellco Theatre. Denver, as you probably know, is fast becoming a foodie mecca with eateries that rival anything you might find in New York City or San Francisco. Lucky you, you’ll be right in the middle of this smorgasbord of flavor when the convention ends early with few, if any, contested races for delegates to linger over.

4/13/2014
By Judie Schwartz
Contributing Contributor

4/13/2014

From the Book of Democrat, Chapters 6-12

Chapter 6: Noah Cometh

6:1: And the Democrats said, “Let there be enlightened public policies.”
 

4/13/2014

Miller old buddy…
 
I just read your April 4 story in The Colorado Statesman about the March 27 Symposium on Article V. Great writing!

It has been many years now, but you will remember me from the years I edited and published LIFE on Capitol Hill, and we worked on various community activities together. These days I am focusing a lot of my “retirement years” time on furthering the Article V efforts around the country.

4/7/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

The Senate on Friday approved its version of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year with much fewer fireworks and less drama than when the House debated the budget the week before.

The so-called “Long Bill” for Fiscal Year 2014-15 passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 26-8, with several Republicans opposing the spending measure because they believe more can be done to fund education especially.

4/4/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Tensions between Reps. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, escalated during a House Appropriations Committee meeting Wednesday morning, stalling several bills that require funding just as Senate discussions over the budget kicked into high gear.

The multiple divisive exchanges between Gerou and Duran sparked calls by Duran for an ethics investigation on Gerou, though that threat had not mounted as of press time.

4/4/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

“We are in it to win it,” Arapahoe County Republican Party chair Joy Hoffman told delegates at the county GOP assembly on Saturday in Centennial to their enthusiastic approval.

4/4/2014

The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee voted this week to narrow the list of sites in contention for the 2016 Republican National Convention from eight to six cities, and Denver survived the cut to host the once-every-four-years top political gathering. The other cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Phoenix, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio, were eliminated.

4/4/2014
By Jody Hope Strogoff
The Colorado Statesman

Many people will remember Martha Ezzard from her days as an elected state senator from Cherry Hills Village in the 1980s and her subsequent run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1986. Two years later, Ezzard was a candidate for Congress in the suburban 6th Congressional District, this time as the Democratic nominee.

HUDSON: COLORADO’S FIRST COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE
4/4/2014
By Miller Hudson
Contributing Columnist

“On the application of the Legislatures of
two-thirds of the several states, (Congress) shall call
a convention for proposing amendments.” Article V

3/31/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

The Senate this week will take up a $23 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year after the House last week passed a largely partisan spending plan that resulted in plenty of fights over how to fund the state.

The overall budget proposal represents a $1.1 billion increase over the current budget, and marks the most money lawmakers have had to spend in nearly a decade.

3/28/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

A measure that would place ride-sharing services like Lyft and UberX under light regulation could face a bumpy ride when it lands in the House this upcoming week.

The bipartisan Senate Bill 125, sponsored in the House by Reps. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, and Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, has been scheduled for Wednesday in the House Transportation and Energy Committee in the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

The measure would empower the Public Utilities Commission to regulate so-called “Transportation Networking Companies” by:

• Requiring an insurance policy that applies to the rider and driver;

3/28/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

A package of bills that would update the state’s decades-old telecommunications laws passed its first test on Tuesday, making it through a House committee with relative ease.

The House Business, Labor, Economic and Workforce Development committee backed the five bills after about five hours of debate, despite opposition from senior citizens who believe that the modernization would lead to an elimination of traditional phone service and a spike in rates.

The bipartisan package of bills includes:

3/28/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 supporters gathered to wish U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman a happy 59th birthday on March 22 at the Aurora Summit steakhouse and to chip in $59 each in what has become an annual fundraiser for the Aurora Republican. This year, he’ll be able to use every penny in what national observers have pegged one of the toughest reelection bids by any incumbent member of Congress, as Coffman faces former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the evenly divided 6th Congressional District.

3/28/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

Last week the Independence Institute and the Environmental Alliance teamed to organize a “Just the Fracking Facts” debate at the Denver Post Auditorium. Despite considerable promotion of the event it only attracted 50 or 60 observers, most of whom were solidly allied with one side or the other in this slow, simmering dispute. Colorado voters, however, appear destined to hear a lot more about this conflict between now and election day.

SOVINE-MILLER: WELL-INTENTIONED REFORMS DE-STABILIZE MARKET
3/28/2014
By Cindy Sovine-Miller
GUEST COLUMNIST

Since the rollout of the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, failed technology, glitches and uncertainty have plagued the Obama administration. In Congress, both sides of the aisle are engaging in political theatrics around the Affordable Care Act. Currently the administration has authorized 19 delays, amendments and repeals to the law. There are a number of state and congressional measures moving forward right now that would have wide-reaching ramifications in the marketplace.

HOYT: STUDENT SUCCESS IS A BIPARTISAN PRIORITY
3/28/2014
By Bruce Hoyt
GUEST COLUMNIST

As the state’s economy rebounds, Colorado’s lawmakers have the opportunity to devote more money to education this year — a welcome change after years of cuts. With this infusion of new money comes an intense debate about how the additional resources can best serve Colorado’s students.

Some groups want the new money allocated to school districts via the current funding system and without strings. Other groups want to see these resources targeted to fund specific improvements — things that can be measured and have demonstrated a positive impact on student achievement.

3/28/2014

Dear Editor,

First I would like to thank the staff at The Colorado Statesman for the excellent coverage and photos at the Adams County Democratic Assembly on March 15 in Brighton. This was an extremely positive and important event that allowed all of the delegates an opportunity to listen to our outstanding candidates at the national and state level and to select candidates at the county and district levels.

3/21/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats this week unveiled legislation that aims to correct some of the legal conflicts revealed last summer during recall elections of two Senate Democrats that nullified mail balloting and contributed to the Democrats’ loss.

During an impromptu media availability hosted by Senate Democrats on Monday, lawmakers proposed a measure that would modify a provision in state statute that allows a person to petition onto a recall election ballot 15 days before the election date.

3/21/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

“Are you ready to rumble?” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall asked hundreds of Adams County Democrats at the party’s county assembly on Saturday in Brighton. “This is a big, important election,” he said over a chorus of hearty cheers.

3/21/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

This year’s discussions over a rosier budget picture have highlighted issues with the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights that could result in refunds to taxpayers in the coming years.

Lawmakers are concerned because the refunds would come despite voters already approving retention of marijuana taxes. The marijuana taxes would be largely responsible for the excess dollars.

3/21/2014
By The Colorado Municipal League

The Colorado Municipal League is reporting that more than 140 smaller cities and towns will be holding spring regular elections. All will be held either on April 1 or 8, with the exception of Lone Tree, which holds its election in May. Forty-seven municipalities are cancelling their elections (25 percent); two years ago it was the same percent-age, and in 2010 a third of all municipalities cancelled elections.

Green Mountain Falls will also hold a special election in May for voters to consider the repeal of an ordinance establishing a town manager and also to recall two trustees.

3/16/2014

As of press time Thursday night, 85 U.S. Senators — including Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado — have signed a letter to President Obama urging the continuance of the existing sanctions on Iran and expressing their concern if Iran rejects an agreement to bring to an end its nuclear weapons ambitions. Integral in obtaining the support of this letter by U.S. senators across the country has been local attorney and AIPAC national board member Norm Brownstein. Below is the text of the letter:

3/14/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

A dispute between a county Republican Party and one of the strongest single-issue groups in the state went public this week, exposing fault lines in the local GOP that party regulars say can be mended by better communication but that critics warn could reverberate through the election.

3/14/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

As Republicans and Democrats approached the midway point for the legislative session last week, lawmakers suggested that they have bucked public perception by working together to advance legislation for the state.

Senate Majority Leader Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, pointed out that of the more than 100 bills passed out of the Senate as of last Thursday, only three were partisan bills that made it through without Republican support.

3/14/2014
By Pat Waak
GUEST COLUMNIST

The Colorado Women’s Leadership Circles of Influence launched its statewide network on March 5 at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver. For over a year, a diverse group of women leaders, including clearly recognizable names from the African American, Hispanic, and Native American communities have been exploring ways to re-energize women into action.

3/14/2014
The Colorado Statesman

A rally on the West Steps of the State Capitol capped the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s inaugural “Chamber Day at the Capitol” on March 6 to highlight the role of state public policy in creating a healthy business climate. Officials from CACI and local chambers of commerce gathered at the Capitol earlier to focus the attention of state legislators on important business issues facing the Colorado General Assembly this session.

HUDSON: ADVERTISING HARD AT WORK
3/14/2014
By Miller Hudson
Contributing Columnist

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs invited another intriguing speaker to campus last week. Jean Kilbourne, unbeknownst to me, has twice been named the most popular speaker at American colleges. Her nearly four-decade crusade against the insinuations that product advertising deposits in our brains — and, most particularly, its culturally distorting misrepresentation of women and sexuality — drew a crowd of perhaps 200, half of them undergraduates, and 90 percent of those young women.

3/14/2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Starring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert; directed by Rob Minkoff

3/9/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

Just as crocuses are beginning to stir under snow-packed lawns, Democrats and Republicans roused the grassroots at caucuses on Tuesday across the state, when thousands of voters convened in schools, churches and community centers to kick off the year’s election calendar.

3/9/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

As the legislature reaches mid-session, lawmakers are receiving an “incomplete” grade for addressing rural Colorado; being told by rural interests that they still have much more work to do.

It appears unlikely that the Democratic-controlled legislature will end the session in May with applause from rural citizens. The frustration is likely to serve as a campaign call for Republicans, who say they are more connected with rural parts of the state than Democrats.

3/9/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Marriage equality advocates rallied at the Capitol on Monday, imploring that “all loving, committed couples should have the freedom to marry in the state that they call home.”

The rally came as nine couples have filed a legal challenge to Colorado’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The lawsuit comes in the midst of a groundswell of support for gay marriage, and a shift in the national landscape for marriage equality.

A second Colorado lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage was filed in Adams County.

3/9/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Roni Bell Sylvester flip-flopped the second she entered the already crowded field of GOP candidates.

“I’m on record for having said that there is no amount of money you could pay me to run for public office,” laughs longtime Weld County resident Sylvester.

But Sylvester, 68, was motivated to throw her name into the race over concerns with water rights and what she believes is a government intrusion into private property ownership, all of which she says is connected to the water issue.

HUDSON: FLIPPING THE LID ON PANDORA’S BOX
3/9/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colardo Statesman

Denver District Court Judge Hub Stern granted the Preliminary Injunction requested by Crisis Access on Friday, Feb. 28. His injunction prevents the Colorado Department of Human Services from proceeding with the re-bidding of its original solicitation for a vendor that would provide statewide emergency services to individuals experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis.

3/9/2014

Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia joined more than 45 million participants across the nation for the National Education Association’s 17th annual Read Across America Day celebration on March 3.

As part of the festivities celebrating the legacy of Dr. Seuss, Hickenlooper read Green Eggs and Ham and a special rhyming proclamation at the State Capitol to a group of 55 kindergarteners from Clyde Miller Elementary School.

3/9/2014
By Maggie Tharp
The Colorado Statesman

Science tells us that having too many choices can be almost debilitating and can, contrary to what you might think, cause us to be less happy with our ultimate decision because of the nagging feeling that we could have done better. But what if every choice is equally tantalizing, delicious and satisfying as is the case at one of Denver’s newest restaurants, Work & Class?

2/28/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

It’s time for Colorado voters who want to participate in grassroots Republican and Democratic party organizing to partake in that biennial ritual, the precinct caucus. The party meetings are being held throughout the state on March 4 in schools, churches, community centers and other neighborhood gathering places, marking the first official step in the year’s political calendar.

2/28/2014
By Ernest Luning
The Colorado Statesman

The two candidates in what some observers have already pegged the most competitive congressional race in the country this year — and likely the most expensive — encouraged supporters and previewed their campaigns at rallies last weekend in Aurora.

2/28/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

The pressure is building for the state to offer local governments control over regulating oil and gas development, fracturing relations between state leaders and the local governments and activists they represent.

At least 50 elected officials have sent a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, encouraging him to take action in order to grant local governments control over oil and gas regulation, including the ability to ban the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing.

HUDSON: $19 MILLION IN ANNUAL SERVICES AT STAKE
2/28/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colardo Statesman

Gravel-voiced Illinois Republican Everett Dirksen, the long-serving U.S. Senate Minority Leader, observed a half century ago that, “…a billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” God only knows what he would have to say about today’s trillion dollar federal budgets. In Colorado, by contrast, it appears $100 million is enough money to fill a courtroom with a dozen $400-an-hour attorneys.

HOTLINE STEERING COMMITTEE: KEEPING KIDS SAFE
2/28/2014
By Jack Hilbert and Julie Krow & Stephanie Villafuerte
GUEST COLUMNISTS

Over the last two years Colorado’s child welfare system has undergone a swift transformation under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s child welfare plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy.” There is improved training for caseworkers, new prevention programs throughout the state and implementation of best practices to more effectively respond to family needs. But every tragic child death because of abuse or neglect magnifies the necessity of creating a statewide hotline to report child maltreatment.

HUDSON: WE’RE TALKING ABOUT U.S. 36 AGAIN
2/24/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

There was considerable smug self-congratulation reported by the commentariat during the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East as organizers relying on social media and the Internet turned out first thousands and then tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere across Tunisia, Libya and Syria. Geeks and politicos found it just the most wonderful thing imaginable that democratic aspirations were flowering with an assist from broadband technology. Really, how very, very clever of us!

2/24/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet joined a panel of immigration policy experts Tuesday evening to discuss cross-border reform. The discussion was hosted by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab and moderated by former Gov. Bill Ritter.

Bennet, a Democrat, expressed his frustration with a U.S. House that has failed to move forward a proposal he spearheaded for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

2/24/2014
By Peter Marcus
The Colorado Statesman

Education policy can lead to strange bedfellows. Several school policy debates playing out at the legislature this year have brought an alignment between the left and the right, offering hope that there is a middle road when it comes to education reform.

The most recent example occurred Monday in the House Education Committee when Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, brought a bill that would allow certain districts to opt out of mandated tests for all but third, eighth and 10th grades, and the ACT tests in 11th grade.

HUDSON: HICKENLOOPER NEEDN’T WORRY ABOUT THESE FOUR
2/24/2014
By Miller Hudson
The Colorado Statesman

The Denver Post conducted the second Republican gubernatorial debate of the 2014 campaign this week. Absent were alpha dogs Tom Tancredo and Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Two new candidates have joined the field since last year, businessman Jason Clark, and Steve House, Adams County Republican chair. At the December debate at a local television station, not a single candidate was willing to fully embrace the theory of evolution through natural selection. Nonetheless, these B team candidates proved that their positions have been evolving during the interim.

11/4/2013
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

Long known as Denver’s premier shopping destination, the Business Improvement District of Cherry Creek North was ready to kick off its second annual fashion show, “Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North,” last month.

9/20/2013
By Judy Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

6/27/2013
By Judie Schwartz
The Colorado Statesman

STYLE MATTERS
5/13/2013
By Judie Schwartz
Contributing Columnist

STYLE MATTERS
3/8/2013
By Judie Schwartz
Contributing Columnist

STYLE MATTERS
11/30/2012
By Judie Schwartz
Contributing Columnist