Current News

Williams, Cooke: a partnership for success

The Colorado Statesman

They couldn’t be more different.

She’s a Denver Democrat. He’s a Greeley Republican.

She’s a businesswoman. He’s a former sheriff.

She’s a veteran lawmaker. He’s in his first term.

But together, Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley and Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, forged a partnership that will change law enforcement in Colorado. Of the six law enforcement reform bills that went to the governor, Cooke and Williams were co-sponsors on four.

Education activists say testing changes not good enough

The Colorado Statesman

State lawmakers may be patting themselves on the back for their recent bipartisan work to reduce testing in Colorado schools, but education activists aren’t popping any champagne corks in celebration of those efforts.

“I don’t see much a change for next year,” said Cheri Kiesecker, a Fort Collins mother and an advocate for the overhaul of state student assessment policies.

WAYPOSTS

Neguse named to head DORA

Former CU Regent Joe Neguse was named director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies by Gov. John Hickenlooper this week, the governor’s office announced. He takes over for Barbara Kelley, who has led DORA since 2009. He starts work on June 1.

Neguse, an attorney with Holland & Hart, the state’s largest law firm, was the Democratic nominee for secretary of state last year but lost to Republican Wayne Williams.

CHATTER

“Gardnergate!” screams Klingenschmitt

A political candidate’s Twitter post turned into a Facebook skirmish this week, gyrating Colorado’s social media webs oh so ever just a touch. Not that social media wars are all that uncommon, rarely are they as entertaining as this one.

At the source of the exchange of words? None other than media glutton (whether by choice or genetic byproduct), Colorado House District 15’s very own “Dr. Chaps,” or as more non-politico (mere mortal) types know him, Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt.

This week's political cartoon

From Deflategate to POTUS

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "From Deflategate to President."

To see more cartoons, click here.

Hullinghorst: 2015 session marked by ‘value ideology differences’

AdvocacyDenver

“It’s been lots of fun.” That’s how Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, characterizes the role she played during the 2015 legislative session. In an interview with Catherine Strode, Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, acknowledged that fewer bills were passed this session as compared to last, but says she is proud of the legislature’s bipartisan work results.

CS: It’s estimated that roughly 50 to 100 bills fewer were passed this session as compared to last session. Do you think fewer bills being passed this Session is a reflection of the split legislature?

There is a way forward for Congress

Guest Editorial

There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

RNC chief touts Hispanic outreach

The Colorado Statesman

The chairman of the Republican National Committee vowed on Tuesday to increase the GOP’s efforts to engage and sway Hispanic voters in Colorado, building on an approach taken last year he said proved the party can appeal to the fast-growing population.

“We’re going to win Colorado in 2016. That will be our pathway to the White House, right here in this room,” Reince Priebus told several dozen members of the Colorado Hispanic Advisory Council at a Mexican restaurant in north Denver.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

A year has passed since the scaffolding was removed from the Colorado State Capitol building, and the result has Denver residents still scratching their heads. The cast iron dome tower is a distinctly darker, bluer shade of gray than the granite used to construct the body of the building, and like a mismatched suit jacket and trousers, something seems off.

Colorado’s divided house

GUEST COLUMNIST

I’ve only ever served in the majority. Getting used to a split legislature has been an adjustment. Some maintain that having split control is a recipe for success. Extreme policies from both parties inevitably go up in smoke, and what rises from the ashes are good policies that have broad, bipartisan support and appeal. Although I applaud areas where Democrats and Republicans were able to find common ground this session, I’m frustrated that some really good policies never made it through.