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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.

Daniels Fund Scholars enjoy Capitol surprise

The Colorado Statesman

Bill Daniels, the legendary pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, must have been smiling from above as he watched the action on the floor of the Colorado House chambers on April 22.

A group of surprised students learned that morning that they had received the Daniels Scholarship following the reading of a resolution by Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, recognizing the outstanding efforts of the nearly 3,000 candidates for the Daniels Scholarship this year.

Governors host opening day reception and make pitch for Executive Residence

The Colorado Statesman

It was a week before the Colorado Rockies’ 2013 home opener at Coors field and baseball fever was in full swing, but at the venerable Brown Palace Club a few blocks away in downtown Denver, a well-heeled fan base of civic citizens was hearing somewhat solemn news about the historic Governor’s Mansion from DaVita Healthcare Partners. Inc. president Kent Thiry.

“We have a problem, that’s why we’re here,” began the youthful CEO of Colorado’s $12.5 billion company at a fundraiser for the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund on March 29.

Farber quits Coffman, now supports Romanoff for CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

This story has been updated to reflect Andrew Romanoff's first quarter fundraising figures.

Attorney and Democratic Party power broker Steve Farber, who about this time last year caused a flurry in Colorado political circles by hosting a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Mike Coffman’s reelection in CD 6, has jilted the incumbent and on April 4, co-chaired a big name $1,000 to $5,200 a-person fundraiser for Andrew Romanoff, Coffman’s likely Democratic challenger in 2014.

‘Imperfect’ candidates for GOP state chair strive to do their best

Republicans Ryan Call and Mark Baisley overcome personal demons; Democrat Palacio escapes attacks
The Colorado Statesman

Is a smear on one’s character negated by a similar smear on an opponent?

We’ll find out this weekend when incumbent state Republican chair Ryan Call seeks a second term against challenger Mark Baisley, a former chair of the local Douglas County GOP.

Supporters of the two have each publicized unflattering personal frailties against the other — Call’s arrest in Idaho Springs on a failure-to-appear warrant for a speeding ticket two years ago, and Baisley’s foreclosure on his home over the last few years.

Statesman sweeps CPA editorial awards

The Colorado Statesman

If our readers will bear with me for this instance of personal privilege, I would like to congratulate The Statesman staff for once again winning the Editorial Sweepstakes Award in this year’s Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Our newspaper captured a record 24 awards this year, and received the top sweepstakes award for editorial coverage for the second year in a row.

An inspiration through the ages

The Colorado Statesman

Friendships that have withstood the test of time are truly special, particularly if they have survived the political arena and all the challenges that entails. When I look back at longtime friendships made over the years, I am often amazed that most are still intact, especially since part of my job consists of writing about political people who have also become personal friends.