Beth Martinez Humenik Archives - Colorado Politics

Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 28, 20175min423
If you leave the scene of an accident involving injury or death when the new year rings in, you just suspended your own driver’s license, the Colorado State Patrol is reminding motorists. Last session lawmakers passed House Bill 1277 to automatically suspend licenses, allowing those suspected to make a case for a temporary license while […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 19, 20171min4830

Conservation Colorado has a history of picking winners with its endorsement, and they’re favoring Rep. Faith Winter in her run for state Senate next year.

Winter, a Democrat from Westminster, hopes to take on Republican incumbent Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Thornton in District 24. Thornton City Councilman Adam Matkowsky dropped out of the Democratic primary this week and plans to run as an independent.

Conservation Colorado, the state’s largest environmental organization, is a major player at the Capitol. In last year’s election, 54 of the 60 candidates Conservation Colorado endorsed went on to win.

“She’s a huge champion when it comes to protecting our air, land, water and communities at the state legislature, and we’re thrilled to throw our support behind her,” Jessica Goad, deputy director of Conservation Colorado, told us. “She has a 100 percent lifetime score on our annual legislative scorecard.”

Martinez Humenik has a lifetime score of 31 percent, Goad said.

Martinez Humenik was elected to the Senate in 2014, the same year Winter was elected to the state House.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 14, 201711min15801

A defiant state Rep. Steve Lebsock released a lie detector test Thursday he said proves he’s innocent of accusations he sexually harassed a fellow lawmaker and declared he’s willing to take a polygraph to disprove all other allegations against him. Lebsock also charged the allegations against him, which first surfaced in early November, are politically motivated. The Thornton Democrat said in a statement to Colorado Politics he plans to tour to the state to “shed a bright light on the deep corruption in our political system” while continuing to campaign for state treasurer in next year’s election.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 28, 20176min13980

State Rep. Steve Lebsock said Tuesday he's eager to tell investigators his side of the story as they examine complaints he sexually harassed a fellow Democratic legislator and a former lobbyist. The Thornton Democrat also said he intends to resist calls to resign from the Legislature and plans to continue campaigning for state treasurer.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 6, 20174min7095

Rivalry-free bipartisanship was a feature of the #MeToo Leadership Rally Sunday afternoon on the steps of the state Capitol.

Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton, were among the speakers who joined with advocacy groups to draw attention to sexual harassment and physical assault.

Winter is challenging Martinez Humenik in the Senate District 24 race next year. (First, she will meet Thornton City Councilman Adam Matkowsky in the Democratic primary.)

Winter told Colorado Politics Monday that some issues rise above partisan politics.

“I was proud to stand with my rival for the most competitive Senate seat in the state, Beth Martinez Humenick, to bring much needed attention to #MeToo movement,” she said in an e-mail. “Sexual assault and harassment is blind to politics and blind to economic status. We are all impacted by #MeToo. We all need to take action to change our culture.”

Martinez Humenik said the renewed attention #MeToo, a 10-year-old initiative, is receiving is bringing out more victims and more awareness.

“This issue is not a partisan issue, it is a people issue,” she told Colorado Politics. “Sexual assault knows no socioeconomic boundaries, however, ethnic minorities are most often affected. Often individuals in households with domestic violence are also subject to sexual assault.”

She cited statistics that indicate 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are victims of sexual violence at some point, while less than 10 percent are ever reported.

“Individuals with a lifetime of sexual assault are more likely to have chronic health issues. It is the responsibility of all Coloradans to create an environment in their homes, in our schools, in our faith-based community, in police departments, in medical offices and community organizations where survivors of sexual assault can report sexual assault or harassment,” Martinez Humenik said. “We must continue to inform children, teenagers, adults, and the disabled community members, that it is safe to tell. It is very important to work together to make sure that the stigma, the shame, the fear of telling someone else about a sexual assault or a sexual harassment incident that has occurred is ok, that it must be reported to prevent it from happening to others.

“The fear and stigma of reporting a sexual assault trauma or experiencing sexual harassment must end. There are many organizations and resources available to help victims work through their fear, PTSD or other triggers that cause victims distrust and to struggle on a daily basis as a result of experiencing sexual assault. Every person is important and each individual has a voice. I encourage women and men who are victims to speak up, use your voice so the perpetrators of this violence can be stopped. Blaming victims for their assault will not end sexual assault, however, the behavior of the offenders must and will continue to be addressed in Colorado for the safety and well being of all of our citizens.”