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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.

Responsibly Implementing Amendment 64

Executive Director Medical Marijuana Industry Group

Editor’s Note: The following message to members of the General Assembly appeared in an ad in the March 29 issue.

A year ago, the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED) announced that without additional funding it would be forced to lay off most of its staff. In response, my organization, the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, led the effort to pass an emergency funding bill, HB 1358, that passed the House but died in the Senate. The recently published MMED audit is the direct result of this inaction.

Civil unions legislation signed into law; third time is a charm

The Colorado Statesman

For Denver couple Fran and Anna Simon, it was the end of one particular journey that began on Valentine’s Day two years ago, when the Colorado Civil Union Act was first introduced in the legislature. The couple appeared at rally after rally, committee hearing after com-mittee hearing, each time bearing a tall stack of documents they said had taken hundreds of hours and cost thousands of dollars in order to put into place some of the rights enjoyed by married couples in Colorado.

Ethics committee hears X-rated testimony about alleged lobbyist threats against legislator

Rep. Gerou responds to gun rights lobbyist with two words
The Colorado Statesman

A bipartisan legislative ethics committee on Wednesday morning took shots at Rocky Mountain Gun Owners lobbyist Joe Neville during a hearing into whether he threatened political retribution on Republican Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen.

Riding the West Line to the Taj Majal

The Colorado Statesman

A dozen years ago a red-haired Canadian Scot by way of Bermuda was renting a room in my West Denver basement. Eric MacDonald of Parsons Engineering was the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) project manager for RTD’s 6th Avenue light rail line west to Golden. Eric lived in Orlando at the time, but was spending three or four days a week in Denver, so it was easier for him to simply stash extra clothes, boots and jackets here, rather than toting them back and forth on the plane (especially post 9/11).

Gessler announces for reelection as secretary of state

The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler says the stakes couldn’t be higher in his bid for a second term as Colorado’s top elections officer. The Republican — he affectionately embraces the nickname “honey badger,” because he says he’s always willing to keep fighting — officially launched his campaign for the 2014 election at a fundraiser in Byers last Thursday.

Colorado Federation of Republican Women visit the Capitol

Members of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women were at the state Capitol on Monday, March 25, for their annual Day at the Legislature. Donning their customary red, the women met with lawmakers, listened in on meetings, and had lunch across the street. They also posed for their group shot on the steps of the state Capitol.

Murder of Clements stuns Capitol

Corrections chief lauded by Governor; coincidences abound
The Colorado Statesman

Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, was shot to death in his Monument home Tuesday evening.

In a bizarre twist, the suspect named in the case, Evan Spencer Ebel, 28 — a recent parolee with known ties to white supremacy — has been indirectly linked to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor has acknowledged his close relationship with Ebel’s father, Boulder attorney Jack Ebel, who Hickenlooper first met as a geologist working for an oil company. The two have remained close friends, according to the governor.

‘Standing up for the right of people to love who they choose’

The Colorado Statesman

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado celebrated a big legal win and bestowed awards on a pioneering transgendered woman who recently retired from the attorney general’s office and on a rookie state senator at a gala fundraiser for its legal arm last Thursday in Denver.

More than 100 revelers packed the Center’s Legal and Advocacy Program’s annual Jokers, Jewels & Justice party at the Grant-Humphreys mansion for a night of casino-style games, but before the festivities got under way officials marked the occasion.

Pedal Power

‘Denver must remain a global leader as a bike-friendly city’ — Mayor Michael Hancock

Mayor Michael Hancock initiated a rite of spring for the Mile High City last week when he took to two wheels and showed that he really is fit to preside over Denver.

At a news conference on March 14 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Hizzoner peddled the news that 30 new stations of the Denver B-Cycle system will be installed in the coming months, increasing the city’s shared bike system to over 700. Among the 30 new stations, three are in high-visibility locations — The Denver Zoo, The Denver Museum of Natural History and the Auraria campus. The other new stations began service on March 18.