Legislative News

Spouses, partners of legislators have major supporting roles

The Colorado Statesman

New legislators aren’t the only ones going through orientation. Some of their spouses and partners also spent two days this week learning what their roles will, and won’t be, in the coming session.

Only a handful attended the spouses’ orientation sessions, but they told The Colorado Statesman they’re ready to support their partners and help keep them grounded.

New legislators get advice from the pros

The Colorado Statesman

Learn to count.

That was the first word of advice from former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, R-Lakewood, to new legislators at the last event of orientation on Wednesday.

Anderson was joined by three other distinguished former lawmakers, all who served in the Colorado General Assembly: former U.S. Senator Hank Brown, R-Colo., former Governor Dick Lamm and former state Senator Penfield Tate, D-Denver.

LPR announces Class of 2015

Shari Williams, president of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, has announced the selection of the new class of 66 emerging Colorado leaders for the 2015 class.

The Denver-based, multifaceted, nine-month training program combines the study of the Constitution and free market capitalism. It now has over 1300 graduates in Colorado, many in elected political positions, as well as leaders in various business, media and grass-roots organizations.

New leadership for House Democrats

Hullinghorst to be Speaker; Duran is new majority leader
The Colorado Statesman

Except for the unanimous decision by the House Democratic caucus to designate Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Democrat from Boulder, to serve as the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives for the 70th General Assembly — and that was indeed monumental — most of the remaining leadership elections on Nov. 14 more closely resembled minor intra-party squabbles where candidates vied for office, albeit with a heightened sense of congeniality.

Senate Republicans score majority status

Quarterback Bill Cadman says his team of 18 winners is ready to go on the offensive
The Colorado Statesman

There were plenty of high fives to go around at the Senate Republicans caucus last week as members of the GOP team rejoiced in having successfully punted the political football across the goal line for an 18-17 victory on the big Nov. 4 game day. At a Tuesday morning rehash of all the action, Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, was the consensus pick for MVP and tapped Senate president-designate. He will report to camp on Jan. 7 for opening day of the new legislative season.

Senate Dems urged to make lemonade out of lemons

...And don’t forget to add a little vodka, Sen. Nancy Todd jokingly advises
The Colorado Statesman

When Senate Democrats caucused on Nov. 15 to elect leadership for the 70th General Assembly, which convenes on Jan. 7, the tone of the meeting was hardly reminiscent of the past few years when they had majority status. Gone were the boisterous cheers and giddiness that ushered in the new Democratic majority back in 2004 and every session since then.

House Republicans elect leadership for session

DelGrosso reelected as minority leader; Conti ousted as caucus chair in three-way race where candidates discussed dietary needs of members
The Colorado Statesman

House Republicans were the first to hold their leadership elections, even though the exact size of their caucus was still undetermined several days after the Nov. 4 election. But the trend was apparent, and members came to grips that despite early returns, which actually showed them closing in on grabbing control of the House away from Democrats, they once again would be relegated to minority status. Democrats will control the chamber 34-31 in the new session.

Udall, Gardner slug it out in feisty debate

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, his Republican challenger, sparred over healthcare, birth control, the economy and national security in a feisty, hour-long debate on Tuesday night in Denver, one of three debates between the Senate candidates this week, just days before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters.

High stakes Amendment 68 debated at local chamber

The Colorado Statesman

Well-known Colorado politicos debated controversial Amendment 68 at the South Metro Chamber of Commerce office in Centennial on Oct. 7. The citizen initiative, if passed by voters on Nov. 4, would provide as much as $114 million annually to improve Colorado K-12 public and charter schools by permitting expanded gaming at Arapahoe Park horse racetrack. It would also allow gaming at no more than one horse racetrack in each of Pueblo and Mesa counties where racing and wagering have taken place for at least five consecutive years.

Romanoff, Coffman throw punches in spirited CD 6 match up

The Colorado Statesman

An aggressive Andrew Romanoff jabbed continuously at U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman during the candidates’ third formal debate on Tuesday night in Denver, criticizing the incumbent Republican for everything from opposing birth control methods throughout his lengthy political career to attacks on the Democratic challenger’s Ivy League education.