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Pat Bowlen is honored with the 2013 Community Enrichment Award from the Mizel Institute

The Colorado Statesman

Football, politics — they’re both contact sports, right? So it was fitting that the May 22 dinner honoring Denver Broncos Coach Pat Bowlen with the Mizel Institute’s 2013 Community Enrichment Award combined them both.

We’ll start with the politics, since we are essentially a political newspaper.

A right to health care in Colorado?

Ballot drive would establish constitutional right in Colorado
The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a universal health care system in Colorado are expected to kick off a ballot drive Saturday that would establish a state constitutional right to health care.

The question would appear on the 2014 ballot, asking Colorado voters to approve, “As a matter of human right and public good for all residing in Colorado, access to an appropriate single standard of high quality health care without financial barrier.”

Likely GOP primary for AG in 2014

Democratic candidate off to Quick start
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans’ best shot at statewide public office in the 2014 elections is likely the attorney general’s seat — which the party currently holds — and already some formidable candidates are lining up for a potential primary battle when incumbent John Suthers leaves after next year due to term limits.

Because campaign laws are very prescriptive, the candidates have been hesitant to formally announce. But at least two Republicans are very seriously exploring the possibility of running.

Court reverses Lobato school finanace decision

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s system of public school finance will remain intact, at least until voters have a chance in November to decide whether to shift (and pay for) a new public school finance system.

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court voted 4 to 2, absent the participation of Justice Monica Marquez, to side with the state on State of Colorado v. Lobato. The Court’s decision reversed a lower court ruling that said the state system of financing public education was unconstitutional.

Catch 22 at the Colorado Parole Board

The Colorado Statesman

In 1981 the police drama Hill Street Blues began its award winning seven season run on NBC. Throughout the series Daniel J. Travanti and Veronica Hamel, a police captain and public defender, were romantically involved and many episodes ended with them talking in bed after long days at the office comparing notes on their respective challenges. I distinctly recall an episode where Hamel complained to Travanti about how one of her clients was being mistreated by the police.

Sen. Morse recall effort rife with wild rumors

Is NRA behind local recall? Will Morse be forced to resign? Is former Rep. Mike Merrifield plotting an early comeback? Will Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to the Superbowl?
The Colorado Statesman

A recall effort in Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs has become less of a discussion on Democratic incumbent John Morse and more of a conversation on the power of the National Rifle Association and political strategizing.

What started as frustration with the Senate president’s support of controversial firearms control measures has turned into a chess match in which Morse’s supporters and opponents are gunning for the best campaign strategy.

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

By
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.