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Denver honors Elbra M. Wedgeworth with naming of the Municipal Building in Five Points
The Colorado Statesman

Tracy Winchester, who heads up the Five Points Business District, glanced around at the large and excited crowd gathered outside the old Denver health services building and invoked the image of the iconic Mr. Rogers. “It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood,” she declared simply.

And indeed it was.

Carole King strikes the right chord for Democrats

The Colorado Statesman

The theme for a special Democratic fundraiser in Denver in late July by legendary songstress Carole King could have been “You’ve got a Friend,” the iconic song from 1971 that King wrote and included in her best-selling Tapestry album. Approximately 60 appreciative Democrats had the pleasure of hearing the sweet rendition by the Grammy Award-winning songwriter at a private event sponsored by the DNC Dialogue Forum Colorado.

Compromise struck on ballot initiatives

The Colorado Statesman

The last minute compromise announced on Aug. 4 by Gov. John Hickenlooper that resulted in the withdrawal of four controversial ballot initiatives related to oil and gas drilling was contingent upon a series of domino type actions among the key players in Colorado’s fracking battle. By the end of the week, all had been accomplished — to various degrees of satisfaction — and Coloradans will be spared the assaults and counter assaults in what was potentially a $20 million election year all-out war.

Call: No problem with RGA contributions

GOP Chair says independent outside groups have First Amendment right to make independent expenditures
The Colorado Statesman

The timing for State GOP Chairman Ryan Call couldn’t have been more precipitous last Wednesday when he bravely showed up at Garcia’s Mexican restaurant in the Denver Tech Center to address the 7 a.m. weekly meeting of the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club.

Denver hosts, toasts RNC site selection committee

Most events veiled in secrecy, but no secret that fundraising is key
The Colorado Statesman

The activities of the visiting members of the Republican site selection committee were ensconced in secrecy for much of their two-day visit to Denver, to the chagrin of local and national press who had experienced more access during the RNC’s first two trips to host contenders Cleveland and Kansas City a few days earlier.

Hopeful GOPs meet in smoke-filled room; seek senate takeover

The Colorado Statesman

So, you think the days of conducting politics in smoke-filled rooms have fallen by the wayside?

Not so, at least not on the evening of June 10 when the Senate Majority Fund held a reception featuring cigars, drinks and insight into the 2014 elections. The venue was the estimable Churchills at the Brown Palace Hotel, where the menu consists of an extensive list of vodkas, single-malt scotches, small-batch bourbons, and premium spirits and wines. And, according to the tony club’s offerings, more than 60 cigars — meaning something for every palate from their customized humidor.

A fond farewell to Leslie Oliver in U.S. Rep. Perlmutter’s office

…and welcome to new communications director Ashley Hause
The Colorado Statesman

[Updated 6-17-14 to amend the incorrect gender of Aaron Greco's daughter in one of the photos below.]

It was a bittersweet occasion on June 4 when U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and his staff gathered at the Uptown Tavern in Denver for a “passing of the baton” party for their longtime communications and policy director Leslie Oliver.

Denver makes cut in 2016 RNC site selection process

Along with Dallas, Kansas City and Cleveland…
The Colorado Statesman

On Wednesday night, at the Wings Over the Rockies venue where president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee Bill Hybl was being honored with the Mizel Institute’s Cultural Enrichment Award, State Republican Chairman Ryan Call could hardly contain himself. The Republican National Committee was set to announce the following day, he disclosed, that Denver had made it to the round of three finalists bidding for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

One out of three chances wasn’t too shabby and Call was clearly riding high.

Majority Leader campaigns for Lamborn

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, first elected to Congress in 2006, didn’t mince words when he told a bipartisan group of supporters at the Brown Palace Hotel on May 16 that his most important mission in Congress is to foster the all important U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Legacy of Paul Sandoval also includes a CU Cancer Center scholarship in his name

The Colorado Statesman

Many accolades describe the late Paul Sandoval, the former Democratic state senator from Denver and iconic political figure who died two years ago of pancreatic cancer: he was considered the “godfather of Colorado politics,” known for making or breaking a political career with his blessing alone. He was a family man, a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather; a strong proponent for education in the local community; a successful small businessman, or as he often referred to himself, “just a tamale maker.”