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Denver Rustlers spur on State Fair’s Jr. Livestock Sale

Denver Rustlers play major role in funding college-bound 4-H youth
The Colorado Statesman

This western tale doesn’t change much from one year to the next — and that’s a good thing.

Arapahoe County Republicans rally behind Coffman

...at Greenwood Village barbeque and fundraiser
The Colorado Statesman

Joy Hoffman, the conscientious chair of the Arapahoe County GOP, is also host extraordinaire. Witness the lovely shindig she threw a couple weeks ago for incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman. Held in the expansive backyard of her beautiful Greenwood Village home where it is several degrees cooler than in sweltering downtown Denver, the second annual barbeque for Coffman featured hot dogs, some smoked meat, but best of all, a potpourri of politics to feed the appetite.

Perry campaigns with friends in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

ASPEN — Surging in recent national polls that show him at the top of a crowded field of Republican contenders hoping to defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, newly announced candidate Rick Perry flew into Aspen Thursday afternoon for a private fundraiser hosted by Colorado Republicans Marc and Kristen Holtzman. Less than two hours later, the three term Governor of Texas reboarded a private jet at the nearby Aspen airport and headed back to Denver for another $2500-per-person fundraiser.

Summit County Republicans’ Annual Pig Roast — and skewering of Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

SILVERTHORNE — Tradition runs deep in Colorado’s mountains and valleys and nowhere was that more evident than outside of Silverthorne earlier this month when local Republicans gathered for their annual pig roast. As Summit County GOP Chair Debra Irvine explained to newcomers who joined several dozen more seasoned participants at the magnificent TYL ranch a few miles out of town, the annual event began a few years ago as a sort of thank you to party volunteers who helped clean up a portion of nearby Highway 9, which the local GOP had adopted.

You're born, you get married, you die...

The Colorado Statesman

Please don’t construe the headline on this article as a necessarily glum and fatalistic commentary on the stages of life. It isn’t meant to be. It’s just that it sums up three events that have recently occured (or will occur, in one instance) and which show us the differing points in life that we’re experiencing aside from all the politics.

Let’s begin, naturally, at the beginning: the first stage of life.

Gov. Hickenlooper begins fundraising for 2014 race

The Colorado Statesman

It hasn’t even been six months since Gov. John Hickenlooper took office, but he’s kicking off his fundraising for 2014 this weekend with a barbeque at his Park Hill home. The co-chairs of the event include some of the same Republicans who supported his election bid in 2010, such as Greg Maffei, a major fundraiser for former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and other Republican candidates, and Larry Mizel, a well known Republican businessman in Denver who was instrumental in raising big bucks for Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial campaign.

Transition team accepting applications for Mayor Hancock's administration

And a few names are already leaking out
The Colorado Statesman

Three short weeks ago political pundits were still pondering the fate of the two remaining Denver mayoral candidates, Chris Romer and Michael Hancock, and trying to predict how large the blow-out would be.

Now the game has refocused and city hall watchers are trying to figure out who will go to work in the Hancock administration.

InnerView with John Salazar

The Colorado Statesman

It didn’t take long for John Salazar, who represented CD 3 in Congress for three terms before losing his seat in the Republican tsunami of 2010, to rekindle his passion upon leaving Washington.

Governor/beer brewer Hickenlooper now pitches Colorado wine — Move over, Napa Valley!

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is well known for crafting a positive pitch for beer — afterall, he co-founded the iconic Wynkoop Brewing Co. in lower downtown Denver in 1988 and the sudsy stuff has been one of his trademarks since being elected Denver’s mayor 15 years later.

Mizel Museum honors Sharon Magness Blake

The Colorado Statesman

Elected officials, a Cabinet Secretary, a famous country and western singer, a legendary Denver Broncos quarterback, Colorado’s current governor and two of his predecessors, movers and shakers in the world of business, civic affairs and philanthropy, and so-called ‘regular’ citizens — close to 2,000 of them — congregated May 26 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver to honor Sharon Magness Blake, this year’s recipient of the Mizel Museum’s Community Enrichment Award.