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Ken Gordon remembered as ‘the people’s politician’

The Colorado Statesman

Former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon is being remembered as the people’s politician, having traded the usual inner circle establishment politics for a legacy of grassroots mobilizing that continues to shape the landscape of Colorado politics.

Gordon died on Dec. 22. He was 63.

Elected officials have a very narrow range of political options

By Ken Gordon

Editor's Note: The following column was written by former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on Nov. 10, 2009.

The other day I got a ticket for speeding near a school. I’m not complaining. I deserved it. I hadn’t gotten a ticket for many years and I hadn’t noticed that the speed limit had dropped on that section of the road. The amount of the fine though was surprising — $230. The Denver police officer even apologized. “The reason it is so high is because this is a school zone.”

Withhold your cheers… and your money, and your votes

By Ken Gordon

Editor's Note: The following column was written by former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on Aug. 10, 2009.

Democracies can do the wrong thing, just as more authoritarian governments can. The policies of a democracy will be no smarter, no less selfish, no more fair, and no more courageous than the people of the country.

It is because of this exact relation between the character of the people and the actions of a democratic government that the current debate on health care is so horrifying.

Darryl Mark Eskin – Dec. 11, 1948 – Dec. 18, 2013

Darryl Mark Eskin died, only a few days beyond his 65th birthday, after a prolonged illness. Born in Rochester, NY, the family later relocated to South Florida, where Eskin died at the age of 65.

Recently retired from his role as a political consultant in Adams County, Colorado where, along with his work with the Democratic Party, Darryl proudly championed veteran’s rights as well as numerous other causes.

Drilling away at fracking bans, lawsuits

Complicated election laws could overturn ban in Broomfield; lawsuits also filed in Lafayette, Fort Collins
The Colorado Statesman

The fate of hydraulic fracturing in Broomfield remains in limbo as attorneys continue to drill away at complicated and intertwining court cases that don’t exactly have to do with so-called “fracking” itself.

When Broomfield voters this November backed a five-year moratorium on fracking by only 17 votes, proponents of the temporary ban rejoiced that those in the community had heard their call.

Strong economy depends on our engagement abroad

The Colorado Statesman

The former commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Anthony Zinni, said on Monday in Denver that Colorado’s economy could be strengthened by American leadership abroad.

Speaking at an event hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition at the Four Seasons Denver, Zinni recalled his own adventures developing diplomatic operations in diverse areas such as the Middle East, Africa and southeast Asia.

Young Dems get sage advice from political elders at annual holiday party

Old-man Romanoff addresses younger set at Guv’s Mansion
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Young Democrats were told on Thursday night that they are the future of the party, and that they must mobilize in order to fight off Republican challenges in what is expected to be a divisive 2014 election year.

About 150 young and elder Democrats showed up Dec. 5 at the Denver Young Democrats’ annual holiday party, held at the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. Denver Deputy Mayor and former state treasurer Cary Kennedy and Congressional District 6 candidate and former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff offered remarks.

What’s new (& hot) at DIA

A ticket to some wonderful shops and restaurants!
The Colorado Statesman

‘Tis the travelin’ time of year, Stylish Reader, and odds are you or a close personal friend or family member will be spending extra unexpected time at an airport. You better not pout. This is a shopping and eating opportunity not to be missed. DIA is brimming with new restaurants and boutiques. Sure, Style Matters has heard reports that airport prices might be a bit higher to take advantage of captive shoppers, but that’s offset by the originality of the merchandise and the improving quality of new restaurants.

Colorado Lincoln Club members celebrate the season

Colorado Lincoln Club members spread the cheer at their holiday party on Dec. 11 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s well-known venue — and at the same time raked in some green for their red candidates for 2014. The live and silent auctions, combined with ticket sales, donations to participate in the preference polls, and of course the bar proceeds, raised about $5,000 on this festive night, and will be divided among the century-old Club’s small donor and political committees.

William J. Hybl to be honored with 2014 Community Enrichment Award

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The Colorado Statesman

The Mizel Institute has named William J. Hybl, chairman and chief executive officer of El Pomar Foundation and president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the recipient of its 2014 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to the community, the award will be presented at the 24th Annual Mizel Institute Dinner Gala on May 21, 2014, at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.