Jody Hope Strogoff

Denver hosts, toasts RNC site selection committee

Most events veiled in secrecy, but no secret that fundraising is key
The Colorado Statesman

The activities of the visiting members of the Republican site selection committee were ensconced in secrecy for much of their two-day visit to Denver, to the chagrin of local and national press who had experienced more access during the RNC’s first two trips to host contenders Cleveland and Kansas City a few days earlier.

Hopeful GOPs meet in smoke-filled room; seek senate takeover

The Colorado Statesman

So, you think the days of conducting politics in smoke-filled rooms have fallen by the wayside?

Not so, at least not on the evening of June 10 when the Senate Majority Fund held a reception featuring cigars, drinks and insight into the 2014 elections. The venue was the estimable Churchills at the Brown Palace Hotel, where the menu consists of an extensive list of vodkas, single-malt scotches, small-batch bourbons, and premium spirits and wines. And, according to the tony club’s offerings, more than 60 cigars — meaning something for every palate from their customized humidor.

A fond farewell to Leslie Oliver in U.S. Rep. Perlmutter’s office

…and welcome to new communications director Ashley Hause
The Colorado Statesman

[Updated 6-17-14 to amend the incorrect gender of Aaron Greco's daughter in one of the photos below.]

It was a bittersweet occasion on June 4 when U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his staff gathered at the Uptown Tavern in Denver for a “passing of the baton” party for their longtime communications and policy director Leslie Oliver.

Denver makes cut in 2016 RNC site selection process

Along with Dallas, Kansas City and Cleveland…
The Colorado Statesman

On Wednesday night, at the Wings Over the Rockies venue where president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee Bill Hybl was being honored with the Mizel Institute’s Cultural Enrichment Award, State Republican Chairman Ryan Call could hardly contain himself. The Republican National Committee was set to announce the following day, he disclosed, that Denver had made it to the round of three finalists bidding for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

One out of three chances wasn’t too shabby and Call was clearly riding high.

Majority Leader campaigns for Lamborn

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, first elected to Congress in 2006, didn’t mince words when he told a bipartisan group of supporters at the Brown Palace Hotel on May 16 that his most important mission in Congress is to foster the all important U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Legacy of Paul Sandoval also includes a CU Cancer Center scholarship in his name

The Colorado Statesman

Many accolades describe the late Paul Sandoval, the former Democratic state senator from Denver and iconic political figure who died two years ago of pancreatic cancer: he was considered the “godfather of Colorado politics,” known for making or breaking a political career with his blessing alone. He was a family man, a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather; a strong proponent for education in the local community; a successful small businessman, or as he often referred to himself, “just a tamale maker.”

Arizona Guv’s appearance brews up controversy

But Republican candidate for AG calls Brewer a role model
The Colardo Statesman

When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was relaxing in her room at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel Thursday night, she discovered that the press in Colorado is indeed alive and kicking, especially after eyeing some of the left-leaning blogs and liberal websites which earlier that day had blasted her rumored appearance at a fundraiser for Republican Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman the next day.

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.