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'Ted was clearly the John Elway of Colorado politics’

Brown: 'He pulled no punches'
The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown stood before the assembled friends, colleagues and family of former Senate President Ted Strickland on Monday afternoon and prompted them to form a picture in their mind’s eye of the legendary Republican, whose career spanned five decades in Colorado politics.

Gloria Tanner continues to nurture young leaders

The Colorado Statesman

After nearly four decades of public service, former state Sen. Gloria Tanner, a Denver Democrat, says she’s almost ready to slow down a bit — but not until next year, or maybe the year after that, not until she helps launch another group of African-American women into the civic realm.

LTR: ‘Colorado ASSET’ bill would be asset for the state

April 12, 2012

Dear Members of the General Assembly,

We are writing as Republicans, entrepreneurs and business leaders to express our support for Senate Bill 12-015, also known as the “Colorado ASSET” bill.

Denver Democrats rally at assembly

Incumbent Rep. Labuda toplines for Dem primary
The Colorado Statesman

Even as temperatures climbed and the unseasonably warm spring day beckoned on Saturday, more than 1,000 Denver Democrats packed into a school near the airport to ratify their support for a mostly uncontested ticket, and state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, had a word for it.

Legislators feeling a rare Kumbaya moment

But ASSET, civil unions bill could turn session into turmoil
The Colorado Statesman

State lawmakers on Tuesday praised themselves for what they consider to be a bipartisan legislative session filled with compromise, while still bracing for what is expected to be bitter fights in the next month over providing discounted tuition rates to undocumented students and recognizing civil unions between same-sex couples.

Fetal homicide bill clings to life in committee

'Personhood' raised in bill
The Colorado Statesman

A measure that would offer prosecutors a tool in charging suspects with the same violent crimes against both a pregnant mother and her unborn child is still alive, albeit on life support.

Bipartisan bill to reform 'direct file' clears Senate

The Colorado Statesman

A measure that would require a court hearing before prosecuting youth defendants as adults inspired emotional debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, drawing a clear line between lawmakers who have placed their faith in the honorable discretion of district attorneys, and those who believe safeguards need to be in place to avoid the potential for abuse.

Weissmann delivers petition signatures to Secretary of State

Boulder businessman and 2nd Congressional District candidate Eric Weissmann delivered 1,398 signatures to the secretary of state’s office on April 2, exceeding the requirement of 1,000 signatures from Republicans within the district to secure a place on the ballot.

Weissmann looks to unseat the well-funded and popular Democratic incumbent Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder. State Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, and Todd Creek resident Tom Janich are the other two Republican candidates in the race.

Birthday Boy Mike Coffman

Coffman gets belated birthday present this week

Congressman Mike Coffman, incumbent Republican in the suburban CD 6, turned 57 in mid-March and officially celebrated the occasion with a $57 per person fundraiser/birthday party at the acclaimed Summit restaurant in Coffman’s hometown of Aurora on March 24. We aren’t totally sure how much he raised at the two-hour party, but it contributed to an awfully good fundraising quarter. The candidate announced this week that he had raised $532,000 in the first quarter, leaving him with about $1.3 million cash on hand. That should enable him to celebrate next year’s birthday in Washington, D.C.