Jody Hope Strogoff

Bipartisan support for a former House colleague

Legislators, lobbyists turn out to help former Rep. Ken Summers recover from his illness
The Colorado Statesman

It isn’t often [never!] when the two major party’s legislative campaign fundraising organizations rally together on a joint project. But that’s what happened on Wednesday, August 7, when a large bipartisan group of state lawmakers and lobbyists gathered across the street from the Capitol to help former state Rep. Ken Summers, who remains hospitalized in serious condition after being stricken with encephalitis caused by the West Nile virus.

The fundraiser was sponsored by about 30 lobbyists as well as lawmakers from both aides of the aisle.

Panel examines the balancing of civil liberties and national security

The Colorado Statesman

The topic of threats to domestic security and how they are balanced with civil liberties was addressed last week at the University of Denver during a well attended forum sponsored by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL). The panel of leading experts was moderated by Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

In opening remarks made at the July 16 event, it became evident at the onset that not only was the subject highly complicated, but very fluid, as well.

Ken Salazar is welcomed back home by friends, family

The Colorado Statesman

It was a grand party that brought together friends and associates spanning some 30 years, but they all were united on the evening of June 7 to welcome home Ken Salazar, the recently retired Secretary of the Interior who has returned to Colorado to practice law.

Salazar passes torch to eager young Latinos

The Colorado Statesman

It was almost as if Ken Salazar, the golden boy of Colorado Democratic politics, was staring at the future. In front of him, seated on chairs in an informal circle in a large meeting room on the first floor of the Wells Fargo office building downtown, were about a dozen and a half young people — most members of the Colorado Latino Forum — just beginning their careers and anxious for advice from the master.

Stephens ‘considering’ 2014 U.S. Senate race

Rep. Amy Stephens one of four potential candidates for U.S. Senate
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republican State Chairman Ryan Call on Wednesday dangled out the names of four potential candidates to run against Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall in 2014. But only one — state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument — sounded as if she might take the bait, although former Congressman Bob Beauprez acknowledged that he “can’t help but think about how or if I can make a difference.”

Stephens was more direct. “Yes, I am giving it some consideration,” she flatly acknowledged to The Colorado Statesman on Friday. “A number of people have come to me. I’ll take a look at it.”

‘Honey Badger’ Gessler shares political morsels at Badger & Pig Roast

The Colorado Statesman

An old Scott Gessler yard sign from his Secretary of State’s race planted in front of this immaculately manicured home let us know we’d arrived at the right place. Or if you could get by with a slightly more esoteric clue, it came from the lovely woman who greeted guests near the gurgling water feature with “Happy Magna Carta Day.” Of course the olfactory hints were sure giveaways. The scent of roasted pork wafted through the air as guests began to assemble in the expansive backyard of Patricia and Brian Watson’s Cherry Hills abode in true horse country.

Pat Bowlen is honored with the 2013 Community Enrichment Award from the Mizel Institute

The Colorado Statesman

Football, politics — they’re both contact sports, right? So it was fitting that the May 22 dinner honoring Denver Broncos Coach Pat Bowlen with the Mizel Institute’s 2013 Community Enrichment Award combined them both.

We’ll start with the politics, since we are essentially a political newspaper.

Jim Monaghan left a larger than life mark on Colorado's political scene

The Colorado Statesman

James Edward Monaghan Jr., the larger than life political figure who brought so many distinguished Coloradans, friends and family members together for a final farewell at Holy Ghost Church in downtown Denver on May 22, probably would have been a little embarrassed by all the fuss. He was never one to hog the limelight during his brilliant and storied career as a political consultant, high placed business confidant and legendary powerbroker.

State can invest in Israeli bonds

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Minority Leader Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, didn’t mince any words on May 5 when he acknowledged that the recent legislative session has been described as “contentious, difficult, and extraordinary long.” It’s that much more compelling, he told an audience at the conclusion of the annual AIPAC meeting at the Grand Hyatt Denver, that the nation state of Israel brought together Colorado Republicans and Democrats to pass Senate Bill 176. “This bill, more than anything, represents bipartisanship and teamwork,” Scheffel lauded.

Hickenlooper: Trip to Israel was ‘the most remarkable of my life’

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently returned from a week in Israel where he traveled with Denver businessman Larry Mizel and three other private citizens. This was the first time that Hickenlooper has been to Israel. Although the trip abroad was personal versus state business, the Governor agreed to share some of his experiences with The Colorado Statesman in an interview at his Capitol office on April 30. The following transcript has been edited lightly for clarity.