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Amy Stephens: The Majority Leader on the business of running the House

The Colorado Statesman

House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument, talked to The Colorado Statesman on March 1 about learning to run the floor and the House; her relationship with the Speaker of the House, Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch; her treatment by the press, the women she admires in the Legislature, and how her job is helping her through one of a mother’s most important transitions. Our recent conversation was part of a series on women legislators for National History Month.

Dems pick Palacio for state chairman

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats elected sixth-generation Pueblo native Rick Palacio as state chairman at the biennial reorganization meeting March 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Palacio won on the first ballot, carrying 57 percent of the vote in a three-way race against a former state senator and past chairman of a crucial swing county.

Colorado Dems party for the Party

Annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner
The Colorado Statesman

In addition to being the Colorado Democratic Party’s largest fundraiser, the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner on March 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver was also a swan song for outgoing state party chairwoman Pat Waak, but she had Sandhill Cranes on her mind.

‘Government in the Grocery’ program returns to CD 7

The Colorado Statesman

More than 100 constituents showed up for the return of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s “Government in the Grocery” on Saturday at a Lakewood Safeway.

First redistricting meeting focuses on Longmont

The Colorado Statesman

LOVELAND — The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting hit the road Saturday for its first two public meetings on how it should draw the maps that will set new boundaries for the state’s congressional districts.

A tribute to Pat Waak

Pat Waak leaves an impressive legacy

When Pat Waak hands over the gavel to the next state Democratic Party chair, she’ll be leaving Colorado with the blues. After serving an unprecedented three terms — the longest tenure heading state Dems in more than 50 years — Waak can point to a nearly unprecedented run at the ballot box for her party with only a few setbacks.

Denver redistricting hearing draws sparse crowd

DeGette makes pitch to keep Denver intact
The Colorado Statesman

The only redistricting hearing scheduled for the 1st Congressional District, which needs to pick up more than 56,000 people to get it to parity, drew just a smattering of public attention this week.

Candidates for Denver mayor get down to business

The Colorado Statesman

If you ask Denver mayoral candidate Jeff Peckman how to fix what ails the city, he’ll tell you: All you need is love. The other candidates at a downtown forum on Wednesday afternoon — while not expressly rejecting love — had some different ideas.

GOP Chair candidates differ on particulars

...Such as what to do with a ‘RINO’
The Colorado Statesman

The four candidates for Colorado Republican Party chairman agreed that if a GOP candidate needs a lecture, it ought to be done out of public view — but that’s about the only topic that found all of them taking the same position at a forum on Feb. 24 at the Bemis Public Library in Littleton.

Suzanne Williams: A woman who stepped forward

The Colorado Statesman

Editorial note: March is Women’s History Month. The Colorado Statesman this month will profile four lawmakers who are leaving their marks. This week: Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora; next week, House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.