Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 10, 201613min372

… 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.


Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 30, 20167min516

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.