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Senate Dems step up to the mic with new series of podcasts

Author: Dan Njegomir - March 13, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

Ready for a little friendly media rivalry in the state Senate? No, not among us folks in the “working press” who cover the upper chamber; this time, it’s between the two parties’ press offices that dish out information to the public.

Ruling Republicans have been posting weekly video messages via YouTube, tapping into their members’ talents to make their caucus’s case on the issues.’s Joey Bunch has been giving us the best seats in the theater for the shows; some have been a real hoot.

Senate Democrats are now answering with “Behind the politics.” It’s a just-announced series of weekly podcasts profiling their caucus members and is now available on iTunes as well as YouTube.

The debut segment — an interview with Assistant Senate Minority Leader (and rising star) Leroy Garcia of Pueblo — comes across as distinctly Democratic. Not because of the politics but rather the stuff that really matters: the music, of course! The episode is cued in to the strains of jazz. It is hosted by in-house talent David Pourshoushtari, the Dems’ communications director, and Jill Mullen, the director of civic engagement.

For his part, Garcia takes full advantage of the mic time and, before delving into more serious topics like his efforts to curb youth opioid addiction, touts the attributes of his hometown. Needless to say, he is a big fan of the Steel City.

Tune in!


Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.


  • jm fay

    March 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    It would be really nice to actually see the Senator! This is what the GOP does but Senator Garcia is hiding from people. Its like the games he played when it came to the confirmation hearings for the 2 new members of the PUC.

    These are the confirmation hearings that people were waiting for and were supposed to be in BUsiness Labour and Technology but went to Ag to help out Sen Garcia. Meanwhile; we have a relay system that is not working too well and maybe Sen Garcia doesnt care about that because he doesnt need to use it like we do. Maybe as well; he doesnt care that the PUC doesnt give out the relay info on how much the relay fee brings in and how much is paid out; purely numbers but you cant get that info unless you file a CORA request and or go through 11o phone carriers. This figure we might add is in the budget but the public has to go through alot of rigamore to get it.

    Is Sen. Garcia going to do the right thing and help out the relay users after the bad deal he gave us? Just wondering because we also need a CO call centre to get away from the ongoing problems with the other 5 call centres and so that we can fix the other relay problems. (online and tdd and its the same company with these problems.)


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