InnerView: Marsha Looper

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Statesman (CS:) How are things going?

Marsha Looper (ML): I believe, in spite of all of the challenges that we’ve had to deal with this year, I think the session’s going well. We’re passionate about our issues and that’s why we’re all here, is to represent the issues that are important to our district. And so, I’m sure that the rest of the session will be just as exciting, and I look forward to it. Yeah.

InnerView with Brandon Shaffer

The Colorado Statesman

Senate President Brandon Shaffer says he doesn’t expect ideological differences — or his own congressional campaign — to get in the way of the Legislature’s ability to have a productive session this year. Amid calls for bipartisanship and agreement that jobs and the economy are the Legislature’s top priorities this session, Shaffer says the session has a “good tone and a good collaborative feel going,” and that he’s already working with Senate Republicans to advance legislation.

InnerView with Frank McNulty

The Colorado Statesman

House Speaker Frank McNulty says GOP lawmakers are excited about the 2012 legislative session and expect a constructive 120 days despite friction with Democrats over a reapportionment process that ended up pitting several Republicans against each other.

InnerView with Mark Ferrandino

The Colorado Statesman

As the Colorado General Assembly prepares to gavel into session this week, the leader of the House Democrats predicts that lawmakers will be able to tackle a range of thorny problems facing the state, despite any lingering anger among Republicans — who hold a one-vote majority in the chamber — over a Democratic-driven legislative reapportionment decision GOP leaders have called “vindictive.” In part because so many legislators won’t be returning next year, says House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, the bitter partisan atmosphere could still yield a productive session as lawmakers consider their legacies.

InnerView with Jim Nicholson

The Colorado Statesman

Jim Nicholson, well known in the state, was elected a national committeeman from Colorado to the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 1986. He became vice-chairman of the RNC in 1993, and four years later he was elected Chairman. Under his leadership, the Republican party began to rebound from the disastrous losses of 1996. In 2000, the Republican party won the presidency, a majority in the Congress, and a majority of governorships and state legislatures — a feat not accomplished in nearly fifty years.

InnerView with John Salazar

The Colorado Statesman

It didn’t take long for John Salazar, who represented CD 3 in Congress for three terms before losing his seat in the Republican tsunami of 2010, to rekindle his passion upon leaving Washington.

InnerView with Ryan Call and Rick Palacio, state party chairs

The Colorado Statesman

When 36-year-old Rick Palacio was elected to head the Colorado Democratic Party in March, he became the youngest state chair in living memory. Three weeks later, he lost the title when Republicans elected 35-year-old Ryan Call to chair the state GOP.

InnerView with Ben Nighthorse Campbell

The Colorado Statesman

Seven years ago this month, two-term U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell sent Colorado’s political world spinning with an abrupt announcement he wouldn’t seek another term.

InnerView with Colorado Democratic Party chair candidates Baca, Bowen and Palacio

The Colorado Statesman

The three candidates running for Colorado Democratic Party chair talk about the state of the party and what they have to offer in an in-depth interview with The Colorado Statesman. Two weeks before state Democrats pick new leadership, Polly Baca, Adam Bowen and Rick Palacio took stock of their campaigns and had a lot to say about the races that will be run in Colorado next year, when the state is considered a must-win for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

InnerView with Muhammad Ali Hasan

One-time state treasurer candidate has new party, new name

By Jody Hope Strogoff & Ernest Luning

Colorado’s most prominent Republican Muslim is switching parties, taking on a new name and is very, very happy, he wants everyone to know.

Muhammad Ali Hasan — who has twice run for state office under the GOP banner and says he grew up gazing at an autographed photo of Ronald Reagan — tells The Colorado Statesman he’s now a Democrat because his lifelong party has traded concerns about liberty for security and abandoned even the pretext of fiscal conservatism. And he plans to change his name to Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan to acknowledge his Spanish heritage while honoring an historic figure who stood up against intolerance.