Alec Garnett Archives - Colorado Politics
IMG_0757-1280x960.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 22, 20185min55
A working group of legislators met with prison officials about suspicious budget estimates Wednesday, and it was deemed adequate “good faith” in the Colorado House Thursday. A few weeks ago Republican and Democratic legislators hoed up a $1.4 million request for private prison beds in the current year’s budget. As a result, Gov. John Hickenlooper […]

This content is only available to subscribers.

Login or Subscribe


Screen-Shot-2018-02-17-at-2.11.34-PM.png

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 18, 20183min86
Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, brokered a compromise on a bill that would help desperate Colorado school districts to find teachers. If the legislation can do as well in the Senate, where it’s sponsored by Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, school districts could grant a local license to an applicant who has taught three years […]

This content is only available to subscribers.

Login or Subscribe


Chris-Holbert-1280x1697.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 3, 20183min536
A significant bill with bipartisan momentum could make it easier for college students to transfer to other state schools. Senate Bill 69 passed the upper chamber Friday on a 33-0 vote, so it bounces to the House to start the process there. It’s sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker and Sen. Rachel […]

This content is only available to subscribers.

Login or Subscribe


unnamed-2.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 16, 20175min13560

Jason Crow showed some separation the three-way primary in the the 6th Congressional District  Friday with a list of endorsements from Democrats you probably know, if you know much about Colorado statehouse.

He’s facing Levi Tillemann and David Aarestad in the primary for the district that includes Aurora and portions of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman is facing Roger Edwards in the GOP primary.

“I’m proud to endorse Jason Crow,” state Sen. Angela Williams from east Denver said in a statement. Williams if viewed as a future candidate for higher office and a well-regarded voice on Democratic positions at the Capitol.

“I’ve known Jason and his family for many years. I’ve worked with him in the community and he was one of my first supporters. Jason is as hard working and genuine as they come. Jason knows how to build teams that reflect the diversity of our community and promote inclusivity. He never shies away from the tough fights and knows how to get things done. I know Jason will go to Washington to truly represent the interests of our community and Colorado, not Washington special interests. Our state and country will be a better place once he is elected and I look forward to helping send him to Congress.”

Other Democratic endorsements came from:

  • State Rep. James Coleman
  • State Rep. Mike Foote
  • State Rep. Alec Garnett
  • State Rep. Chris Hansen
  • State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet
  • Former State Rep. Alice Madden
  • Former State Rep. Joe Miklosi
  • State Rep. Brittany Pettersen
  • Former State Sen. Suzanne Williams

Interestingly, Pettersen was a candidate in the 7th Congressional District this year, until incumbent Ed Perlmutter changed his mind and decided to run for re-election instead of governor. Miklosi lost a close race to Coffman in 2012, and Garnett is the former state party executive director.

“I am honored to earn the support of these amazing public servants,” Crow, an Army Ranger combat veteran, stated. “Their confidence in our campaign and the continued momentum proves that Coloradans are ready for change in Washington. We need servants leaders willing to put partisanship aside and get things done. I’ve never shied away from a tough fight, whether it was serving overseas, or working to help bring the Veterans Medical Center to Aurora.”

In a statement provided by Crow’s campaign, state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet of Commerce City said, “Jason Crow is the candidate that can defeat Mike Coffman and help take our country in a new direction. Jason has dedicated his life to our country and community, from serving our country in war and fighting for the new VA hospital, to helping those recovering from addiction. Jason’s focus on servant leadership will be a refreshing change to the division and dysfunction in Washington. Jason truly listens and he understands the needs of the people in North Aurora and Adams County. He will be a tireless advocate for families, students, and Seniors. As a representative of the district, I am proud to endorse his candidacy and look forward to working with him to bring new leadership to the 6th.”

Crow’s campaign noted he earlier was endorsed by former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, former Sen. Mark Udall, former Gov. Bill Ritter, former U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former U.S. Sen. Gabby Giffords, End Citizens United, Pipefitters Local 208, VoteVets and New Politics.

The campaign also has noted previously the backing of Adams County Commissioners Eva Henry, Steve O’Dorisio and Chaz Tedesco, along with Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen, as well as as state Sen. Irene Aguilar and former State Rep. Karen Middleton. Middleton is the executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.


Lebsock-Reporters-w.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 15, 201710min1244

Hours after releasing a lie detector test he says debunk claims he sexually harassed a fellow lawmaker, state Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton made public his detailed response to a formal complaint filed last month by state Rep. Faith Winter, but the Westminster Democrat dismissed the polygraph as a stunt and said Lebsock’s statements don’t prove anything.


Cole-Wist-Speaking.jpg

Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 3, 20179min16980

Cole Wist, Colorado's assistant House Republican leader, says he’s “thinking seriously” about running for state attorney general in next year's election if GOP incumbent Cynthia Coffman decides to run for governor, and he expects to announce his plans within weeks, he told Colorado Politics. Coffman said months ago she was weighing a bid for governor rather than run for a second term but has yet to declare her intentions.


Download080417_c-e1502211253201-1024x574.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 21, 201711min4170


iStock-145849965.jpg

Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 30, 20172min12830

Game on.

The Colorado legislature returns to the Capitol Monday to settle some things once and for all, unlike what might happen with the fix to flawed bill that’s costing special districts their share of marijuana taxes.

More certainly they’ll settle who are the champs and who are the chumps in politcal kickball.

Reps. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, and Alec Garnett, D-Denver, as well as Sens. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, have summoned fellow lawmakers to the softball field at Metro State University of Denver at 7 p.m. for the first Bipartisan Charity Legislative Kickball Game.

The softball field is in the Regency Athletic Complex at 1600 West Colfax in Denver.

To sponsor the game, Walmart donated $10,000 for hurricane disaster relief through the American Red Cross, as part of retailer’s $30 million pledge to hurricane relief. Metro State donated facilities and umpires, while each legislator participating in the game is raising or donating at least $100 each.

“It’s really important for the Colorado legislature to show solidarity with fellow states,” Moreno said. “Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and other states that have been impacted by these hurricanes need our help. All the money we can raise is going to a good cause.”

Nordberg said the a group of legislators had talked for awhile about doing bipartisan events to support good causes outside politics. He hoped this would be the first of many such events.

“If there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats at the Capitol share, it’s our total lack of athletic ability,” he said.