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Flashback: Churchill, Fagan, Gebhardt, Salinger and more

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Senate Minority Leader Mark Hillman opined that “loudmouth” CU Boulder professor Ward Churchill ought to lose his taxpayer-funded pulpit. Hillman mocked that the “lanky white kid of distinctly European ancestry” had transformed himself into a “longhaired Indian wannabe” in his quest to line his pocket with taxpayer dollars, blasting the controversial prof for arguing that the Sept. 11 terrorists “owe no apology” for their attack.

Borrowed cowboy hat better than no hat at all

The Colorado Statesman

During an interview with KUNC last week, new Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown commented that he didn't own a cowboy hat.

During the Feb. 26 Governor's Forum on Ag, he got a chance to try on a new one, owned by his boss, Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor took off his new Stetson, a gift from Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, and dropped it on Brown's head.

Opinion: U.S., Israel relationship should transcend partisanship

Special to The Statesman

At a time when the United States and our allies face unprecedented security issues and nuclear proliferation throughout the world, the relationship between the U.S. and Israel has never been more critically important. Clearly, the bond between our nation and Israel is strong, and has been for generations.

JBC votes to dramatically reduce scholarship initiative

The Colorado Statesman

The Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday voted to dramatically scale back a request from the Governor for a state scholarship program that he mentioned in the 2015 State of the State address.

The JBC is in figure-setting this week for the 2015-16 budget. On Tuesday, the committee took up the budget for the Department of Higher Education. Gov. John Hickenlooper had asked for $30 million for the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) for its second year of funding.

Update: Palacio wins 3rd term as chair

The Colorado Statesman

Rick Palacio won reelection to a third term as chair of the Colorado Democratic Party on Saturday at the biennial meeting of the party’s state central committee in downtown Denver, fending off challenges from campaign consultant David Sabados and former congressional candidate Vic Meyers.

Palacio won on the first ballot with 53 percent of the vote. Out of 468 votes cast, the incumbent received 248, Sabados got 182 and Meyers had 38.

Sen. Owen Hill: Yoga master

State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, demonstrates his yoga expertise with a particularly difficult position called "the crow". Hill struck the pose after a hearing last Wednesday on Senate Bill 186, which would exempt yoga teachers from the authority of the Division of Private Occupational Education.

BREAKING: Dems in uproar over last-minute appts

The Colorado Statesman

This post has been updated to include comments from Palacio.

Some Democrats are crying foul after incumbent Colorado Democratic Party chair Rick Palacio announced plans late Thursday to appoint 46 men to the state central committee in order to achieve gender balance the day before it meets on Saturday to select party leadership for the next two years.

Dem chair race heats up

The Colorado Statesman

Who will chart the course?

The three candidates for chair of the Colorado Democratic Party agreed that the state party needs to chart its own course distinct from Washington, D.C., at a forum on Sunday in Denver. But the candidates disagreed sharply over whether stunning losses in last year’s election mean it’s time for a change in party leadership or that experience counts more than ever as next year’s presidential election looms.


The journey continues

The Colorado Statesman

“The only thing you can count on to stay the same is change,” my late grandfather used to tell me. I have found throughout my life that his simple analysis of the human condition has been pretty accurate.

The Colorado Statesman is a Colorado establishment — not just a news source, but an enduring institution and reliable messenger of all things politics. Founded just 39 years after Colorado’s first newspaper, the since-closed Rocky Mountain News, The Statesman is one of our state’s most enduring news franchises.

GOP: ‘High stakes’ battle for state leadership

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More than 75 die-hard conservatives braved a blizzard on Wednesday night to hear Colorado Republican Party chair Ryan Call, who is seeking a third term heading the party, and his challenger, former gubernatorial candidate Steve House, discuss their visions for the GOP at a forum in Greenwood Village.