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Caucuses signal start of 2014 election cycle

GOP has more at stake for March 4 meetings
The Colorado Statesman

It’s time for Colorado voters who want to participate in grassroots Republican and Democratic party organizing to partake in that biennial ritual, the precinct caucus. The party meetings are being held throughout the state on March 4 in schools, churches, community centers and other neighborhood gathering places, marking the first official step in the year’s political calendar.

Crowded field of Republican Senate hopefuls united

...against incumbent Udall
The Colorado Statesman

A stage full of Republican Senate hopefuls last Saturday heaped criticism on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and vowed to unite behind whichever candidate wins what could be a crowded primary to take on the Democrat in the November election.

Seven GOP candidates spoke for more than two hours before a crowd of about 100 at the Northglenn Recreation Center, responding to questions ranging from the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement now that Colorado has legalized the drug — the feds shouldn’t second-guess state voters, candidates agreed — to how Republicans can attract Hispanic voters.

A political gadfly of the first degree, and an extraordinary human being

The Colorado Statesman

Clarence Miller, a staunch advocate for the developmentally disabled and once recognized as the honorary “101st” legislator by former Senate president John Andrews, died Jan. 14, 2014, a few days short of his 64th birthday. His legacy and unique life will long be remembered by the myriad of people who knew and cared about him, ranging from several governors, mayors and other high level political officials to everyday citizens.

Colorado GOP confident about ‘14 prospects

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans are confident that this is the year voters will reverse the GOP’s decade-long slump in the state and throw the Democrats out. With Democratic control of the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and both legislative chambers at stake this year, state Republicans believe they are putting in place an organization primed to take advantage of a restless electorate ready to reject a liberal agenda Republican leaders repeatedly termed too extreme for the swing state.

City of Arvada faces lawsuit over ‘secret’ council election

Election of Zenzinger’s successor is subject of suit
The Colorado Statesman

An Arvada resident has sued the city for conducting a secret ballot election in which the City Council elected a successor to Rachel Zenzinger, who stepped down in December to fill a vacancy in the state Senate left by Sen. Evie Hudak.

Russell Weisfield and his attorney claim that the council’s four rounds of secret voting violated state law, particularly a 2012 law backed by the legislature that specifically addresses secret ballots by a public body.

Denver to try to lure RNC to town

The Colardo Statesman

The Democrats did it in 2008.

Now a bipartisan effort is underway to lure the Republicans to Denver in 2016 for their 41st national nominating convention.

The idea was hatched in late 2013 by Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call in anticipation of the formal bidding which will occur later this year. The Republican National Committee — and likewise its Democratic counterpart — typically starts planning for its once every four years conclave more than two-and-a-half years in advance.

Martinez sworn in as new Denver city attorney

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The Colorado Statesman

An impressive young rising star in Colorado’s legal and political communities was sworn in as the new city attorney for Denver Jan. 8, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues including luminaries in the legal and political arenas.

Martinez, who served as the deputy city attorney since 2011, replaced Doug Friednash, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s first appointment to the position. Friednash left last month to join the Denver law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

2014 Citizen of the West: Frederic C. Hamilton

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The Colorado Statesman

Almost 1,000 well-heeled — and cowboy boot-heeled — guests gathered at the National Western Stock Show event center paddock on Jan. 13 to help honor Frederic C. Hamilton as the 2014 Citizen of the West. The annual award recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals. Hamilton, a pioneer in the oil and gas business, philanthropist and advocate for the arts, was a perfect fit times three.

Style Matters is a citizen of the west for one evening

The Colorado Statesman

Last Monday found Style Matters pulling on a pair of sequin and beaded blue cowboy boots in preparation for the annual Citizen of the West dinner, the traditional kick-off of the National Western Stock Show.

Diversity celebrated at pre-session reception

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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.