Miller Hudson

Clark presses home-court advantage in District 7 win

The Colorado Statesman

Hanson’s second floor bar, at the corner of Louisiana and Pearl, was packed elbow-to-elbow election night as small bands of seemingly feral children swept back and forth slightly below belt level. The din was deafening and the crowd upbeat following an initial vote count from Denver Clerk Debra Johnson reported Jolon Clark with a 56-44 advantage over Alex Greco. Not much actually separated these two candidates, both young men with families and only minor policy differences — an apparent, coin flip call for voters.

Veterans rally for VA hospital completion

The Colorado Statesman

Several hundred Colorado veterans rallied in front of the unfinished Veterans Administration hospital under construction on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora last Sunday. At least half arrived on motorcycles, filling the lot alongside Children’s Hospital with rolling thunder just across the street from the troubled project.

Thunder, lightning, rumors and strike talk at JCEA rally

The Colorado Statesman

On the final Friday afternoon of the school year last week, the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) scheduled a “Rally to Take Back our Schools” in Clement Park. Scheduled for 4 p.m., hundreds were still searching for parking spaces as the skies opened at 4:15 and the crowd sought shelter beneath the picnic pavilions that surround the amphitheater. Sheets of rain, driven by gusts of wind drenched those along the periphery of the shelters. Umbrellas had to be clenched in both hands. After 30 minutes, the rain eased and a crowd of perhaps a thousand began to migrate towards the stage.

RTD approves rate hike after many negative comments

The Colorado Statesman

There was a charade-like quality to the proposed fare increase debate at RTD headquarters this week. Board members had tipped their hands during a work session “mark-up” the previous week, indicating the votes were there for approval of the proposed plan.

Miller Hudson: Reggie Bicha: Warlock for the cheesehead coven at DHS

The Colorado Statesman

Mayors and governors infrequently sack appointees. And when it does occur, the culprit has usually committed some embarrassing personal indiscretion, or publicly objected to an administration policy or decision. These “Plum Book” jobs are all about loyalty. Rarer still is the appointee who submits his or her resignation in evident protest against the boss’s decisions.

Democracy dominated by silence

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats in the Colorado Legislature began pushing the state’s election process toward all-mail balloting several years ago. Their premise was that easing voting would, over time, benefit Democratic candidates. Evidence supporting this hypothesis was thin. Oregon, the first state in the nation to adopt an all-mail, all-the-time ballot process had experienced growing Democratic majorities. Republican legislators resisted these Democratic proposals, but the success of Cory Gardner’s U.S.

Denver development pressures drive Shepherd to the sidelines

The Colorado Statesman

It has been 36 years since Northwest Denver dumped an incumbent City Council member. In December of 1978 I was still savoring my “surprise” election to the Colorado House and waiting to be sworn into office when I received a call at home from Dutchess Scheitler. She asked whether she and her husband Bill could visit me at home. I hadn’t met either of them during my campaign and had no idea why they wanted to see me. Realtor Larry Perry had represented North Denver on City Council for several terms.

Locating the firing squads, snake charmers, grenade tossers, snipers lurking beneath the Gold Dome

The Colorado Statesman

A dozen years ago the Colorado Legislature imposed a “pay-for-performance” compensation plan on state workers — no more merely going through the motions on the job and then collecting a guaranteed pay raise on the part of the alleged “deadbeats” burrowed within the ranks of state government. This plan has never really been implemented due to budget shortfalls over the past decade. The executive branch goes through the motions of ranking individual performance. However, the few times the JBC has found a few dollars for raises, they’ve been funded as flat, across-the-board pay hikes.

The Adelson primary at the Republican Jewish Coalition

The Colorado Statesman

Ninety miles outside Las Vegas you begin to see the first indications there must be more than creosote bush and cholla cactus somewhere up ahead. Electric transmission lines start to converge on and then parallel I-15, delivering the electrons required to light up ‘The Strip’ — reportedly visible to space station astronauts at night. What better place for the Republican Jewish Coalition to meet each year than Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian hotel and casino? No other American city is as dedicated to hedonism and sin, or more likely to outrage the mullahs in Iran.

Hudson: Holocaust remembrance attracts Colorado pols

The Colorado Statesman

Temple Emanuel in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood was filled nearly to bursting despite a wet, snowy evening last Thursday for the 34th Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional observance of the Shoah. Several dozen survivors of the camps were recognized together with a bi-partisan smattering of Colorado’s elected officials in attendance, including a strong showing from Denver candidates for municipal seats. The keynote speaker, Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Joseph Mengele’s demented medical experiments with twins, proved a tiny yet feisty, funny and inspiring keynote speaker.