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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 10, 201613min90

… Ten Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman ... Colorado turned blue. At the Colorado Convention Center Hyatt, more than a thousand Democrats showed up to cheer the winning candidates. A famous trio of Democratic women took the stage, Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, House Majority Leader Rep. Alice Madden, and Democratic state party chair Pat Waak, danced to a seven-member band churning out tunes like “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down Tonight.” Governor-elect Bill Ritter arrived on stage at 11 p.m. to a packed room. The Democrats had just taken back the U.S. House of Representatives, gained a majority in Colorado’s congressional delegation and retained control of both houses of the state Legislature.


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 30, 20167min1010

When Kathy Packer started working at the age of 18, Dick Lamm was governor of Colorado, Federico Peña was mayor of Denver and Secretary of State Natalie Meyer was her boss. “Natalie was a very classy, professional lady, always very poised and put together,” Packer recalled. Packer would go on to work for seven more secretaries of state, including the current officeholder, Wayne Williams, before deciding to call it quits. Her last day was today, June 30. Her co-workers held a party to celebrate her 31½-year-career in state government, all at the Secretary of State’s office.


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Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 29, 20163min590

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ DENVER — Good day, and here's to a productive remainder of your Tuesday. Lots of speculation yesterday from those — most of you on this mailing list — who have connections to D.C. as reports of the U.S. Capitol shooting unfolded, the motives of the shooter and the resulting lockdown. The "shooting" took place in a buildingdesigned to protect the rest of the Capitol complex from would be security threats, though the only shots fired were from a fast-acting U.S. Capitol security officer who fired on a man that drew what appeared to be a gun while being screened at a security checkpoint. The man was identified by The Daily Beast as Larry Russell Dawson, "a prophet of God" (aka lunatic) from Tennessee with a rap sheet containing other incidents at the Capitol who is now hospitalized in stable but critical condition. No police officers were injured and one female bystander sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Colorado's Congressional delegation wasn't ...


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsMarch 8, 20168min570

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office will ask for legislative help on a campaign finance issue after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals refused its request to “execute us or set us free.” In two separate rulings, the most recent one last week, the court has concluded that Colorado’s regulatory framework for setting up what is known as an issue committee is so cumbersome it violates free speech and is unconstitutional. But the rulings — which cover activities under four secretaries of state — apply only in the context of the two cases that were filed.