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In Depth: Perlmutter joins Lakewood legislators for jam-packed town hall

Author: Ernest Luning - March 2, 2017 - Updated: March 2, 2017

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Next week, a Czech ensemble, Cirk La Putyka, brings its contemporary take on the circus to the stage, blurring the lines between acrobatics, dance, puppetry and music, and a couple weeks after that it’s the boisterous “Hello, Dolly!” musical that’ll be filling the theater’s seats for a two-week run. But last Saturday, Feb. 18, it was legislative updates and a lively, pointed exchange about public policy that drew a civic-minded crowd to the Lakewood Cultural Center. “There’s this thing called the Kennedy rule,” U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said with a smile and then gestured toward the state representative, his former campaign manager, who stood a few feet away on the unevenly lit stage. “Chris Kennedy can claim it, but it’s really John Kennedy. And the Kennedy Rule came into play earlier this morning, where you pick a venue slightly smaller than the crowd you expect.”

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.