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‘Standing up for the right of people to love who they choose’

The Colorado Statesman

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado celebrated a big legal win and bestowed awards on a pioneering transgendered woman who recently retired from the attorney general’s office and on a rookie state senator at a gala fundraiser for its legal arm last Thursday in Denver.

More than 100 revelers packed the Center’s Legal and Advocacy Program’s annual Jokers, Jewels & Justice party at the Grant-Humphreys mansion for a night of casino-style games, but before the festivities got under way officials marked the occasion.

Pedal Power

‘Denver must remain a global leader as a bike-friendly city’ — Mayor Michael Hancock

Mayor Michael Hancock initiated a rite of spring for the Mile High City last week when he took to two wheels and showed that he really is fit to preside over Denver.

At a news conference on March 14 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Hizzoner peddled the news that 30 new stations of the Denver B-Cycle system will be installed in the coming months, increasing the city’s shared bike system to over 700. Among the 30 new stations, three are in high-visibility locations — The Denver Zoo, The Denver Museum of Natural History and the Auraria campus. The other new stations began service on March 18.

Diggin’ it!

Nuggets players are on the ball as they join second graders at Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Nuggets players Corey Brewer and Jordan Hamilton took an easy shot at helping the environment last week when they joined a bunch of second graders from Dora Moore Elementary School at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Their visit was part of the preparations for the upcoming NBA Cares Green Week, April 4-12, during which the NBA plans on exploring ways to become a more environmentally responsible organization through such things as recycling programs and service projects.

Well-Bought Is Half-Sold

The Colorado Statesman

State GOP Chairman Call reelected to second term

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call easily fended off a spirited challenge from former Douglas County GOP chairman Mark Baisley in a bid to win reelection as head of the state GOP on Saturday at the party’s biennial reorganizational meeting at Cherry Creek High School.

Colorado Dems happy to be blue at JJ Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

Speaker after speaker at the Colorado Democrats’ annual Jefferson Jackson dinner remarked that the program didn’t last much more than a half hour or so back in the late 1990s, when there was a distinct paucity of elected Democrats in the state. But Saturday’s event kept going and going, eventually lasting close to three hours, as speakers nearly ran out of breath thanking everyone who helped keep Colorado blue in the last election.

Colorado Republicans laud Hank Brown

The Colorado Statesman

Energized Republicans honored former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown as a “leader’s leader” and a “gentleman’s gentleman,” bestowing him with a bust of Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday he shares, at the state GOP’s annual Centennial Dinner on Friday in Greenwood Village.

“When people say, ‘What’s it like to know Hank Brown in Colorado politics,’ it’s sort of like breathing oxygen — it’s something you’ve always done and always known,” said Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

Speakers of the House pay tribute to one of their own

Carl ‘Bev’ Bledsoe respected by both sides of the aisle
The Colorado Statesman

Eight former speakers of the Colorado House of Representatives and current Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, on Monday paid tribute to late Speaker Carl Beverly “Bev” Bledsoe during a heartwarming tribute in the House chamber, in which Bledsoe — the longest serving speaker in state history — was remembered as being a tough conservative who held the utmost respect for the democratic process.

‘Over zealous’ supporters point out GOP chair candidates’ frailties

Ryan Call’s tickets and Mark Baisley’s foreclosure used to smear candidates in otherwise above-board contest
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans meet this weekend to elect a state chairman in the wake of last November’s resounding losses at the polls and both announced candidates say the GOP needs to undergo a massive overhaul in order to compete with what they both acknowledge is a superior Democratic organization.

‘Imperfect’ candidates for GOP state chair strive to do their best

Republicans Ryan Call and Mark Baisley overcome personal demons; Democrat Palacio escapes attacks
The Colorado Statesman

Is a smear on one’s character negated by a similar smear on an opponent?

We’ll find out this weekend when incumbent state Republican chair Ryan Call seeks a second term against challenger Mark Baisley, a former chair of the local Douglas County GOP.

Supporters of the two have each publicized unflattering personal frailties against the other — Call’s arrest in Idaho Springs on a failure-to-appear warrant for a speeding ticket two years ago, and Baisley’s foreclosure on his home over the last few years.