Ernest Luning

Hickenlooper embarks on second term after profound changes in last four years

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took the oath of office for his second term on Tuesday, marking profound changes wrought on the state during his first term and casting a hopeful eye toward the next four years.

The self-described “incorrigible optimist” lauded the state economy’s climb in the aftermath of the Great Recession, all while facing unprecedented floods, fires and mass-shootings, along with the dissolution of his own marriage, he noted in one of several remarkably personal notes struck during the Denver Democrat’s second inaugural address.

Revelers celebrate at inaugural dinner and concert

The Colorado Statesman

Some 2,000 revelers celebrated Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s second inauguration on Tuesday night with dinner and a concert on Capitol Hill, and the Democrat got some seasoned words from predecessors squeezed in among the tasty bites and tunes.

Echoing Hickenlooper’s first inaugural celebration four years ago — it also included a dinner at the Fillmore Auditorium and a concert featuring Colorado bands at the Ogden Theater — Garcia introduced former Govs. Dick Lamm, Roy Romer and Bill Ritter to offer advice to the governor.

Opening Day of Legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Boulder Democrat Dickey Lee Hullinghorst was elected speaker of the Colorado House as the 70th Session of the General Assembly launched on Wednesday, wielding a slimmer majority than Democrats had in the last session and facing a Republican-controlled Senate for the first time in a decade.

GOP Senators celebrate their new majority...

...‘Eighteen — let’s go!’ says Senate prez
The Colorado Statesman

Republican lawmakers celebrated along with their supporters and Capitol denizens at a pair of fundraising receptions held at the University of Denver the night before the Legislature was set to convene.

Community leaders discuss aftermath of shootings by police

The Colorado Statesman

It was standing room only on Friday afternoon when Denver Mayor Michael Hancock led what he termed a “very frank” discussion about race relations and law enforcement at the History Colorado Center.

“Sometimes in our life, we don’t have an option whether we have tough conversations,” Hancock said, pointing out that the crowd of more than 200 had shown up on one of the busiest days of the holiday season.

Tancredo toasts to conservative principles at dinner with supporters

The Colorado Statesman

Supporters of former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo raised a glass to toast the Republican and conservative principles at a gathering of a couple dozen key backers of his gubernatorial bid on Sunday night at a Lakewood steakhouse.

Noting that he had celebrated his 69th birthday the day before, a wistful-sounding Tancredo observed, “It’s been a wonderful ride — a wonderful life.” Smiling, he asked, “Isn’t that the movie?”

Liberal dash of merriment at this year’s holiday party for young conservatives

The Colorado Statesman

There was plenty of holiday spirit at the Leadership Program of the Rockies party on Thursday at the Wellshire Event Center in south Denver, where more than 150 supporters, alumnae and members of the current Class of 2015 talked liberty and founding principles over a sumptuous spread.

Jeb Bush gets early gift at Lincoln Club holiday party

The Colorado Statesman

The Lincoln Club of Colorado’s third annual holiday party rang in the seasonal cheer on Wednesday night at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s building in Denver, giving members a chance to toast Republican victories on last month’s ballot and look forward to more success in the new year.

Denver Republicans celebrate Christmas early with statewide wins

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans haven’t had much to toast in the aftermath of elections for the past decade — beyond camaraderie in the face of mounting Democratic wins -— but this year it was different.

“Don’t we have a lot to celebrate this year?” asked Denver Republican Chair Wendy Warner at the county GOP’s Christmas party on Saturday. The hundred or so revelers gathered at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association headquarters raised their glasses to toast the candidates who won statewide, due in part to closer-than-usual margins in Democratic-dominated Denver.

Denver Young Democrats have a good old time

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats young and, er, older alike toasted the holidays at what has become a traditional festive gathering thrown by the Denver Young Democrats on Thursday at the Governor’s Residence — officially, it’s the Boettcher Mansion — in Denver.