Jody Hope Strogoff

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.

InnerView with Ryan Call and Rick Palacio, state party chairs

The Colorado Statesman

When 36-year-old Rick Palacio was elected to head the Colorado Democratic Party in March, he became the youngest state chair in living memory. Three weeks later, he lost the title when Republicans elected 35-year-old Ryan Call to chair the state GOP.

InnerView with Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The Colorado Statesman

Seven years ago this month, two-term U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell sent Colorado’s political world spinning with an abrupt announcement he wouldn’t seek another term.

Wadhams’ storied career as GOP Chair draws to close

The Colorado Statesman

If you had the tenacity to go through the pages of The Colorado Statesman from the last three decades — 33 years, to be exact, which is how long I’ve been associated with the newspaper — there’s probably no other name that has graced our pages more often than that of Dick Wadhams.

Non-candidate Wadhams defends himself in GOP state chair candidates free-for-all

The Colorado Statesman

If the current campaign for GOP state chairman is any indication, the battle facing Colorado Republicans to resurrect their wounded party may take longer than anyone thinks. The race to succeed Chairman Dick Wadhams, who decided not to run for a third term just last month, has turned into an ugly mess, and the ultimate victor — to be decided March 26 at the Republican state central committee meeting — will have his hands full trying to unite a party split along not only ideological lines, but with major crevices at its very foundation.