Jody Hope Strogoff

Martha Ezzard: Lawyer, journalist, Colorado elected official, and now wine grower in the land of sweet tea

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.

Heavy hitters turn out pre-baseball season to pitch preservation of Guv’s Residence

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.”

Bo Callaway was a winner despite having lost Senate bid

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.

A political gadfly of the first degree, and an extraordinary human being

The Colorado Statesman

Clarence Miller, a staunch advocate for the developmentally disabled and once recognized as the honorary “101st” legislator by former Senate president John Andrews, died Jan. 14, 2014, a few days short of his 64th birthday. His legacy and unique life will long be remembered by the myriad of people who knew and cared about him, ranging from several governors, mayors and other high level political officials to everyday citizens.

Can Beauprez help lure RNC to Denver — and run for guv?

Let’s see... I’ll run against Hick this year, and hope he’ll continue to help us promote Denver as the host city for the 2016 RNC at the same time...
The Colorado Statesman

The intrigue surrounding the possibility of Bob Beauprez running for governor this year has become more intense, with rumors widely circulating that the unsuccessful 2006 Republican nominee for governor is on the verge of jumping into this year’s already crowded contest against incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper.

But Beauprez, who just two weeks ago assumed the helm of the Colorado effort to bring the GOP National Convention to Denver in 2016, insists this newest salesmanship venture is “100 percent of my focus” and that he’s “all in on that.”

Hudak blames sexism for political fall

Former state senator says she was subjected to horrible treatment that male colleague didn’t have to endure
The Colorado Statesman

On Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that held unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion to be unconstitutional — effectively legalizing abortion everywhere in the United States — former state Sen. Evie Hudak acknowledged the many strides that have been made over the years for women’s rights.

Denver to try to lure RNC to town

The Colardo Statesman

The Democrats did it in 2008.

Now a bipartisan effort is underway to lure the Republicans to Denver in 2016 for their 41st national nominating convention.

The idea was hatched in late 2013 by Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call in anticipation of the formal bidding which will occur later this year. The Republican National Committee — and likewise its Democratic counterpart — typically starts planning for its once every four years conclave more than two-and-a-half years in advance.

Colorado Legislative Women’s Caucus 2014 Reception

Colorado still maintains honor of having the highest percentage of women serving at the state level.
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Legislative Women’s Caucus, a bicameral and bipartisan group of women currently serving in the Colorado General Assembly, aims to build collegiality among its members and to honor the history of women in Colorado.

With deference to Ken Gordon, withhold your cheers… and your money, and your votes

The Colorado Statesman

The recent death of former state Sen. Ken Gordon was like that cold gush of wintry air that hits you in the face after you open the front door and get ready to leave your warm house. Unexpected, harsh and smarting for an instant.

Perseverance pays off, Bowlen Wallace tells Colorado Women’s Alliance

The Colorado Statesman

Politics, like football, is a contact sport, some say, and on the evening of Nov. 12, members of the Colorado Women’s Alliance combined the two at a program featuring Beth Bowlen Wallace, director of special projects for The Denver Broncos.

The well-attended event, held in a private home in Cherry Hills, brought together high powered women (and a few men) who were inspired by the articulate daughter of Broncos football team owner Pat Bowlen.