Legislative News

2015 Citizen of the West Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

Wildcatter and energy tycoon, newspapers and television stations owner, real estate developer and railroad baron, sports teams owner and hotelier, film producer and philanthropist: Phil Anschutz, this year’s Citizen of the West, is all of these. But, according to his public persona and his own family’s account, he is unwilling to live in the limelight. He seldom grants interviews to the press, is usually too private to have his picture taken, and doesn’t like to accept awards.

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Cadman: ‘Nothing without providence’

The Colorado Statesman

Newly installed Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, began his first speech in his new role with the state motto, “Nothing without providence.”

But it may as well have been “Expect the unexpected.”

Cadman led off his first speech with tributes to his family, and to his mother, who died of cancer when he was in his early 20s. He then lit the first of three memory candles at a nearby table in her honor.

Opening Day of Legislature

The Colorado Statesman

Boulder Democrat Dickey Lee Hullinghorst was elected speaker of the Colorado House as the 70th Session of the General Assembly launched on Wednesday, wielding a slimmer majority than Democrats had in the last session and facing a Republican-controlled Senate for the first time in a decade.

New legislators experience range of emotions on opening day

The Colorado Statesman

The first full day as a new member of the Colorado General Assembly left many humbled, excited and at least a few with butterflies in their stomachs.

The Senate has four new members that have never served in the Legislature among its 10 new senators. Four members of the House were elected to Senate seats, and two more are returning to the Capitol after serving in the past.

The House has 20 new members, although two also are returning after past terms.

House Republicans host pre-session fundraiser

...Prepare to get slightly larger House in order

House Republicans held their reception Tuesday evening at the Ritchie Center, on the club level overlooking DU’s hockey rink. The GOP narrowed the Democrats’ margin by several seats to 34-31 in the November election and had plenty to celebrate, legislative leaders said.

GOP Senators celebrate their new majority...

...‘Eighteen — let’s go!’ says Senate prez
The Colorado Statesman

Republican lawmakers celebrated along with their supporters and Capitol denizens at a pair of fundraising receptions held at the University of Denver the night before the Legislature was set to convene.

GOP State Chairman Ryan Call to be challenged by former Adams County chairman Steve House

Will Colorado Republicans continue to heed the Call? Or usher in a new House?

The Colorado Statesman

A political riddle for all those who followed the 2014 elections here in the state: Would you call Colorado Republicans “winners” for taking the U.S. Senate seat away from a well- entrenched Democratic incumbent; sweeping the statewide offices; taking control of the state senate; and picking up seats in the state house?

Or, were Colorado Republicans ultimate “losers” for failing to regain the coveted governorship; and only slightly increasing their ranks in the state house, thereby leaving them short of recapturing control of the chamber?

Answer: Depends on who you ask, naturally.