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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.

It was 1973 when Dick Lamm walked the state...

...And 40 years later, friends and followers reunite, with memories of their leader and the first lady
The Colorado Statesman

Photos of the Lamm 40th reunion are available for purchase. If you order them by Dec. 18, we will get them to you before Christmas. Please contact Maggie at The Colorado Statesman, 303-837-8600 or

Bo Cottrell roasted and toasted for a good cause

The Colorado Statesman

If you’ve been around politics in Colorado for any length of time, the name Bo Cottrell is clearly recognizable. Bo knows, and it seems everyone knows Bo. He’s been chairman of the Arapahoe County Republican Party, an avid supporter of GOP causes and candidates over the years, and even ran for the Statehouse himself back in 1996.

But his many friends also know that Bo’s varied interests extend well beyond the political realm, and as former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo entered into the Congressional Record in 2001, the multi-talented Cottrell has a most diverse and unique history.

U.S. Rep. Coffman expresses political optimism under an emerging rainbow

The Colorado Statesman

Congressman Cory Gardner, whose sprawling 4th Congressional District encompasses most of the rural Eastern Plains as well as the larger cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and Longmont in north-central Colorado, also represents the eastern half of Arapahoe County, which is part of the reason he dropped by the Greenwood Village home of Arapahoe County GOP chairman Joy Hoffman on the weekend afternoon of Aug. 24.

Birthday boy Romanoff makes a political wish

The Colorado Statesman

On the way to his 47th birthday celebration at Bicentennial Park in Aurora on Aug. 24, one of Andrew Romanoff’s friends asked him whether he was ever going to have a birthday party where he didn’t actually charge guests. “I thought about that for a moment and I said, ‘No.’ So next year it’ll be $48,” teased the already announced Democratic candidate for CD 6 in 2014.

Denver Republican Women’s pancake breakfast also features political items on menu

The Colorado Statesman

Who gets up at the crack of dawn on a weekend morning and drives to a park for pancakes, sausages and scrambled eggs and to hear candidates speak roughly 14 months before the actual election?

In this case it was a few dozen Denver Republican Women, whose Breakfast in the Park attracted devoted early risers and candidates alike to the Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Park in southeast Denver at the 7 a.m. hour.

Carolyn Metzler, Republican activist and party volunteer

The Colorado Statesman

Longtime Denver Republican stalwart Carolyn Jean Metzler passed away on July 24 after a long illness. Fortunately, her friends and family got to shower her with love up to the time of her death. And in 2011, the Lincoln Club of Colorado displayed their affection by bestowing on her their lifetime achievement award. Carolyn was honored for her indefatigable efforts, including providing tireless guidance and “moral support” for Denver Republican candidates — “no easy task,” county GOP chair Danny Stroud cracked back then.