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Former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers passes on

By State Rep. Angela Williams and D-Denver

Joe Rogers, former Colorado Lieutenant Governor, died suddenly early Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 of medical complications at Rose Medical Hospital. He was elected in late 1998 to a four-year term by Colorado voters statewide. He served with Colorado Governor Bill Owens who was elected at the same time, although the two men ran separate campaigns to win their respective positions. Elected at age 35, Rogers was the youngest person in the nation, the fourth Black person nationally, and the last Coloradoan to be elected by voters to serve as Colorado Lt.

School finance measure flush in funds, but lawsuit could dampen efforts

The Colorado Statesman

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a response by Denver Public Schools on Oct. 9 to the "mutual consent" section of the story.

Supporters of a $950 million tax increase to fund education released their first two television ads this week and announced support from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, while opponents filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ballot drive.

Bo Cottrell roasted and toasted for a good cause

The Colorado Statesman

If you’ve been around politics in Colorado for any length of time, the name Bo Cottrell is clearly recognizable. Bo knows, and it seems everyone knows Bo. He’s been chairman of the Arapahoe County Republican Party, an avid supporter of GOP causes and candidates over the years, and even ran for the Statehouse himself back in 1996.

But his many friends also know that Bo’s varied interests extend well beyond the political realm, and as former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo entered into the Congressional Record in 2001, the multi-talented Cottrell has a most diverse and unique history.

Steve and Gregg Farber honored with Transplant Hero Awards

The American Transplant Foundation presented its inaugural Transplant Hero Awards last week, honoring those individuals who have made an outstanding impact in the transplant community.

The Foundation presented the Transplant Hero Award to Steve and Gregg Farber, who have given of themselves to see lives saved. As a result of the Farber family’s work, the American Transplant Foundation was created and Colorado has an organization that works tirelessly to ensure that nobody dies in the state while waiting for a transplant.

School board candidates defend support of vouchers

Denver candidates also dispute alleged conflicts of interest
The Colorado Statesman

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education race has turned into a discussion on vouchers and conflicts of interest as the reform versus neighborhood-oriented battle continues for control of the seven-member board.

Two factions have emerged in the school board race, which will be decided this November. The two sides include reformers, who support the administration, and neighborhood candidates, who support traditional schools. Most candidates and current school board members are Democrats, though the board is nonpartisan.

Cherry Creek Republican Women strut their stuff!

Style meets substance at unique vintage fashion show
The Colorado Statesman

A-line skirts; tapered waists; simple sheaths; muslin, taffeta and lace – these fashion mainstays never go out of style, as was evident at the Cherry Creek Republican Women’s third biennial Vintage Fashion Show held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora. Held to raise money for the club, the fashion show featured outfits spanning nearly a century of style, with clothing from the 1890s to the 1980s.

“Each one was different and it was fun,” said Andi Allott, 1st vice president-membership of the CCRW and one of the main coordinators of this event.

Hickenlooper makes $65.5 million more available for flood recovery

CDOT announces opening dates for highways

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order on Sept. 26 that makes $65.5 million more available for flood response and recovery. This brings the total state funds available to $91.5 million.

“There is great urgency to get flood recovery efforts underway as quickly as possible,” Hickenlooper said. “This money will help local communities rebuild now instead of waiting for other recovery dollars to arrive.”   

Kerr and supporters pedal through the rain

Earlier this month, state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, got an enthusiastic group of folks together to support his bid for re-election, including special guest U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD 7. The Sept. 15 event was fun — and wet.

Former national party chairs deride their own parties

Republican Michael Steele & Democrat Howard Dean

Former national chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties spoke in Denver Wednesday, criticizing political strategies on gun control and multiculturalism that could dissuade voters.

Speaking at the Political Law and Compliance Seminar hosted by the McKenna Long and Aldridge law firm, Howard Dean, a Democrat, and Michael Steele, a Republican, were both critical of their parties startegies.

Dean pointed to an “over-reach” by Democrats in the Colorado legislature, while Steele worried that Republicans were doing a poor job reaching out to young and minority voters.

Is anti-discrimination policy that fails to discriminate a form of discrimination?

Provide supporting Constitutional citations, but limit your response to 400 words
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents met Tuesday at the University Memorial Building in Boulder. Much of the day’s agenda was dedicated to the stultifying consideration of contracts, financial statements, planning reports and Board approvals for a metastasizing and dizzying array of academic degree programs. The low-ceiled room where the Regents met felt like an interrogation chamber at Guantanamo — underlit, view lines blocked, muted conversations transpiring in small huddles and presenters prone to acronymic obscurity.