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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 16, 20175min2045

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.


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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJuly 14, 20173min350
Americans for Prosperity Sen. Angela Williams
(Photo courtesy of Sen. Angela Williams)

State Sen. Angela Williams has been selected for a leadership development program for state government officials.

The high-profile Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship convenes a group of the nation’s “top officials” for a six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.” It is a program that has been around for more than 30 years.

“By participating in the CSG Toll Fellowship, I hope to learn advanced strategic planning and innovative thinking skills to move the state forward on issues that benefit the citizens of my state,” Williams said.

The Toll Fellowship is named for CSG founder Henry Walcott Toll. CSG is an organization that works with state official to help shape public policy. It provides networking opportunities in an effort to develop leaders.

For 2017, 48 officials have been selected from 32 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. The officials represent all three branches of government.

This year’s program will be held Aug. 25-30 in Lexington, Ky.

“CSG’s Toll Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime leadership development opportunity that has shaped public service careers for decades,” said David Adkins, CSG executive director. “CSG welcomes these new leaders into the Toll Fellows family and we look forward to being a resource for them throughout their careers.”

Previous fellowship programs have included sessions on leadership personality assessment, media training, crisis management, appreciative inquiry and adaptive leadership.

“Continuing leadership development training for state officials is important because it ensures we are knowledgeable about public policy and the ever-changing solutions to state-level policy,” Williams said. “Professional development is important to help state officials to think strategically about solving complex issues and navigate through political environments.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 26, 20178min444

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a “political stunt” and told Colorado Politics he doubts the predictable rankings — Democrats good, Republicans bad — give voters any meaningful information.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 25, 201727min656

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 regular session. Considering all the bills that made it to final, third-reading votes in the session — 490 in the House and 459 in the Senate — between them, these three legislators cast the most ‘no’ votes and the most ‘yes’ votes, respectively, according to an analysis prepared by bill-tracking service Colorado Capitol Watch.