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Hybl honored with Mizel Institute’s 2014 Community Enrichment Award

The Mizel Institute’s dinner to honor the recipient of its annual Community Enrichment Award was once again buzzing with politicos — elected officials, candidates, policymakers and other political stakeholders — but for a couple of hours on the evening of May 21 in the cavernous space at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, all the countering forces were united in congratulating William J. Hybl as this year’s honoree.

Sen. Udall energized about prospect of deal on local control, oil and gas drilling

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said on Friday that he’s hopeful that negotiations currently under way will lead to legislation aimed at satisfying demands for more local control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado.

“I think we’re very close to a proposal that would answer most, if not all of the concerns that have been raised,” Udall said. “People want to find a solution.”

Let more citizens judge the judges?

The Colorado Statesman

A local lawyer frustrated with the system in Colorado to retain judges and hold them accountable has proposed two ballot initiatives that aim to restructure the system and offer citizens their own form of justice.

Chris Forsyth, who has practiced law for 20 years, said he has seen the damage judges can bring to the judicial system because of a lack of oversight and commitment to retaining quality justices.

Republicans rally for Jeb Bush — and help cousin Walker Stapleton

The Colorado Statesman

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined a high-dollar fundraiser for his cousin Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton on Thursday night at the Brown Palace in Denver and got some strong encouragement to throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“The optimism, the clarity of message and principle — it fires me up,” said former Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, introducing Bush to the avid crowd of Stapleton donors. “This man can lead.”

An evening with Gov. Jeb Bush and State Treasurer Walker Stapleton

The VIP Reception was held at the Brown Palace Hotel on May 29. The $1,000-ticket price allowed guests to have their photos taken with the former Florida Governor.


SMITH: UNDERLYING ISSUE OF A ‘FORGOTTEN MILITARY’ IS UNCHANGED

Supporting our vets is a commitment for all of us, not just for Veterans Administration

Contributing Columnist

When former Senator majority leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole says that it’s time for VA Secretary Erik Shinseki to go, we better listen because Dole, a war hero, wounded veteran, great public servant and frequent user of VA services has more credibility on this issue than any American. Having introduced Shinseki at his confirmation in 2009, this must be a very painful experience for him.

HUDSON: STRETCHING MY COGNITIVE CAPACITY…

Energy pro urges more biomass, renewable and electric generation technologies

Contributing Columnist

John Hofmeister is a genial, burly man with a mane of silvering hair and superbly tailored suits. The former president of Shell Oil’s American operations, he retired in 2008 following a career that included stops at General Electric, NORTEL and Allied Signal, among others. Somewhere during this journey he became a human resources specialist, joining the Shell Group in 1997 as its international Director for Human Resources. His is not a tale of hardscrabble success as a wildcat petroleum driller, which may explain his decision to launch the non-profit Citizens for Affordable Energy.

Tancredo ups the bounty in guv’s race

The Colorado Statesman

TV’s most recognizable bounty hunter helped Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo haul in some cash last week at an Aurora country western bar.

Days later, the conservative editorial board of one of the state’s largest newspapers called on two of Tancredo’s primary opponents to withdraw from the race “in the interest of stopping Tancredo.”

Denver makes cut in 2016 RNC site selection process

Along with Dallas, Kansas City and Cleveland…
The Colorado Statesman

On Wednesday night, at the Wings Over the Rockies venue where president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee Bill Hybl was being honored with the Mizel Institute’s Cultural Enrichment Award, State Republican Chairman Ryan Call could hardly contain himself. The Republican National Committee was set to announce the following day, he disclosed, that Denver had made it to the round of three finalists bidding for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

One out of three chances wasn’t too shabby and Call was clearly riding high.

Majority Leader campaigns for Lamborn

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, first elected to Congress in 2006, didn’t mince words when he told a bipartisan group of supporters at the Brown Palace Hotel on May 16 that his most important mission in Congress is to foster the all important U.S.-Israeli relationship.