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Jim Monaghan left a larger than life mark on Colorado's political scene

The Colorado Statesman

James Edward Monaghan Jr., the larger than life political figure who brought so many distinguished Coloradans, friends and family members together for a final farewell at Holy Ghost Church in downtown Denver on May 22, probably would have been a little embarrassed by all the fuss. He was never one to hog the limelight during his brilliant and storied career as a political consultant, high placed business confidant and legendary powerbroker.

Remembrances of Jim Monaghan

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The Colorado Statesman

“It’s been an honor and a privilege knowing and working with Jim over the last 30+ years. His contribution has always been extremely valued and appreciated. While I never succeeded in turning him into a Republican, at least he saw the light on some issues. Jim — you will be missed, but never forgotten.”
— Phil Anschutz

Hickenlooper’s death penalty decision was personal…

But ramifications of life and death matter quickly became political
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s announcement Wednesday of an executive order granting convicted killer Nathan Dunlap a “temporary reprieve” from execution has set off a firestorm of political activity that has some Democrats encouraged and most Republicans chomping at the bit to oust the middle-of-the-road Democrat.

Is Tancredo’s dallying with 2014 guv’s race more than Tomfoolery?

The Colorado Statesman

Former Congressman and conservative stalwart Tom Tancredo says he hasn’t decided whether he will run for governor in 2014 on the Republican ticket challenging popular Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper. In fact, he’s not even comfortable talking about whether he’s seriously considering it.

TOP effort in Denver to track crimes, signs of terrorism

The Colorado Statesman

Barely 24 hours after Metro Taxi launched a program in January 2011 training drivers to keep their eyes and ears open for crime, a cabbie witnessed a pickup truck sideswipe a vehicle and kill a valet driver outside a Denver nightclub. The driver followed the truck and wrote down the license plate number to inform police. Law enforcement quickly made an arrest in connection with the horrific case.

Dems praise session as ‘productive’

But Republicans call it partisan and polarizing
The Colorado Statesman

Both sides of the political aisle agree on at least one thing — the 2013 legislative session was perhaps the most contentious and jam-packed in nearly two decades.

With Democrats in control of both chambers after regaining the House this year, the party pushed an incredibly ambitious agenda, which included gun control, same-sex civil unions, in-state tuition for undocumented students, and a polarizing elections reform package that includes same-day voter registration.

Partners say ‘we do’ after civil unions legislation becomes a reality

The Colorado Statesman

Minutes after midnight on May 1, surrounded by hundreds of well-wishers and nearly as many cameras, Fran and Anna Simon spoke the words that would turn their freshly minted civil union license into a binding commitment in the eyes of Colorado law.

“We do,” the women said in unison, grins spread wide across their faces, bringing to a close the ceremony performed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in the atrium of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building.

Democratic-backed elections reform bill heads to Guv

Republicans cry foul, call bill a sham
The Colorado Statesman

The Senate on Thursday backed sweeping elections reform legislation that has polarized the legislature, resulting in marathon debate that kicked off Tuesday when Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, moved for the entire 126 pages to be read at length.

The Democratic-controlled Senate passed House Bill 1303 by a party-line vote of 20-15, despite the stall tactic. Amendments were later approved by the House, which sent the bill to Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, for his signature.

Judicial Center embodies Ralph Carr’s ideals

Special to The Colorado Statesman

A constellation of Colorado’s legal and political stars gathered Thursday to dedicate a $258 million monument to justice named after a former governor who sacrificed his political career rather than betray the rule of law.

Supreme ‘Rock Star’ connects with Colorado youths

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Justice isn’t always blind — sometimes, it’s kind.

That was the message projected Thursday by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic ever named to the nation’s highest court and only the third woman to serve on the tribunal.