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Diversity celebrated at pre-session reception

The Colorado Statesman

Members of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Colorado Democratic Latin@ Caucus had a lot to be proud of when they gathered Jan. 7 for their second annual “Celebrating Diversity” reception before the start of the legislative session. State Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Denver, had just been chosen as Speaker Pro Tem and her leadership post is one of several held by members of each caucus, putting the Colorado legislature on the map for its diverse delegation.

Title set for measure to limit college concealed guns

Colorado’s Initiative Title Setting Review Board this week set a title for a statutory initiative to limit concealed handguns on Colorado public college and university campuses. A 2012 poll shows 65 percent of Colorado voters are in favor of banning concealed guns on college campuses.

With deference to Ken Gordon, withhold your cheers… and your money, and your votes

The Colorado Statesman

The recent death of former state Sen. Ken Gordon was like that cold gush of wintry air that hits you in the face after you open the front door and get ready to leave your warm house. Unexpected, harsh and smarting for an instant.

Justice, truth and peace — and remembrances of my Bar Mitzvah

By Ken Gordon

Editor's Note: The following column was written by former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon on May 21, 2009.

Today Andrew Romanoff, Herzl Melmed and I received awards from the Jewish Community Relations Council. Herzl, a doctor, lived in Israel during the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars and cared for casualties. He has an enormous number of accomplishments. When he accepted his award, he gave credit to others. “Finally,” he said, “I have to talk about my wife, behind every man, there is a woman... rolling her eyes.”

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.