Legislative News

Legislators wined, dined at CRA Reception

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Restaurant Association’s 24th annual Blue Ribbon Reception, deemed by legislators as their favorite party of the session, got underway Jan. 7 on the evening of the first day of the 70th General Assembly. Usually held on the 38th floor of downtown Denver’s Grand Hyatt Hotel where guests had a stellar view of the city skyline at sunset, this year’s well-attended event was instead staged in a large ballroom at the historic Brown Palace Hotel.

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John Hickenlooper, the grown-up governor

The Colorado Statesman

When you wonder what makes Colorado a special place, you could turn your face toward the snow-capped, majestic Rocky Mountains. You could praise the deep sense of freedom and independence instilled in its people, or the quality of life they get to enjoy day in, day out.

Or you could watch the governor pick the strings of a banjo during one of the marquee days of his tenure.

Hickenlooper embarks on second term after profound changes in last four years

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper took the oath of office for his second term on Tuesday, marking profound changes wrought on the state during his first term and casting a hopeful eye toward the next four years.

The self-described “incorrigible optimist” lauded the state economy’s climb in the aftermath of the Great Recession, all while facing unprecedented floods, fires and mass-shootings, along with the dissolution of his own marriage, he noted in one of several remarkably personal notes struck during the Denver Democrat’s second inaugural address.

Revelers celebrate at inaugural dinner and concert

The Colorado Statesman

Some 2,000 revelers celebrated Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s second inauguration on Tuesday night with dinner and a concert on Capitol Hill, and the Democrat got some seasoned words from predecessors squeezed in among the tasty bites and tunes.

Echoing Hickenlooper’s first inaugural celebration four years ago — it also included a dinner at the Fillmore Auditorium and a concert featuring Colorado bands at the Ogden Theater — Garcia introduced former Govs. Dick Lamm, Roy Romer and Bill Ritter to offer advice to the governor.

Lawmakers commend governor’s open-arms address

The Colorado Statesman

After Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered a State of the State address Thursday that was widely regarded as a renewed pitch to bridge pending partisan trench warfare in the Capitol, lawmakers across the aisle seized the moment and grabbed the governor’s outstretched hand.

Hickenlooper delivers fifth State of the State

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper began his second term this week with a different set of challenges than the ones he faced during his first term. His fifth State of the State address Thursday outlined how he will address the challenges of a more prosperous state than the one he led in 2011, and perhaps the legacy he wants to leave.