Rachael WrightRachael WrightMay 11, 20177min403

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A new welfare law was finally agreed upon and the Legislature narrowly averted a special session. “That’s the art of compromise,” Gov. Roy Romer said. He said he would sign the latest version of the state's welfare reform law that had successfully met the requirements of new federal laws while passing muster on both sides of the Legislature's aisle.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightApril 27, 201712min394

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … In a continuation of the battle for welfare reform, Gov. Roy Romer outlined his reason for vetoing House Bill 97-1166. “I am vetoing this bill because of one provision. That provision creates an irrational two-tiered system of welfare cash assistance benefits for our fellow citizens in Colorado who fall on hard times and need some short-term help to get back on their feet. That provision would allow for so-called ‘pilot-projects’ that would permit counties to be exempted from providing a minimum cash benefit to families.”


Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 16, 201711min340

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … An El Paso County Republican saga continued with self-proclaimed “true conservatives” toppling the “old guard,” seizing the reins of El Paso's Grand Old Party. After staking their campaigns on pro-life and Christian values, they went on to capture the top three party offices and 20 bonus member slots to the state GOP Central Committee. Many contended the social conservative sweep down south marked the end of the “big tent” era when party leadership preached tolerance for those with differing social views, particularly on the topic of abortion. The winners? Colorado Springs attorney Wayne Williams was elected chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, Focus on the Family executive Tom Minnery won vice chairman and Leigh Ann Rauch was chosen secretary. All three were given a stamp of approval by a coalition of “true conservative” Republicans.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 15, 201612min338

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Republican Secretary of State Victoria Buckley found herself under a bit of a microscope with the legislative branch. Buckley was forced to defend her campaign's actions, coming under fire by the Colorado General Assembly's Audit Committee. The state auditor had released a report finding that Buckley had accepted campaign contributions from organizations and individuals the secretary of state's office was responsible for regulating: bingo and raffle operators. Serving her first term at the time, Buckley took issue with the auditor’s recommendation that she not solicit or accept contributions from people she regulated. Neither the state constitution nor Colorado election laws prohibited such things, Buckley said. In her opinion, this included the incident she was being criticized for: accepting proceeds from a $500-per-couple fundraiser thrown by lobbyist Freda Poundstone. Some of the people Poundstone had invited to the event were bingo and raffle operators as well as the landlords of properties where those games were played.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 9, 201614min361

Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Legislators were working overtime in a special session called by Gov. Roy Romer to put together an incentive deal to bring “a billion-dollar shower of money” to the Denver area by luring a United Airlines maintenance center, a reservations “megacenter” and expanded flight operations by the carrier at the new Denver International Airport.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 18, 20168min309
Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … While the state was only in the “infancy stage” as a player in presidential politics, Colorado’s second presidential primary, in 1996, was shining a spotlight on a state that had been mostly ignored by presidential hopefuls. “Colorado got an enormous amount of attention from the […]

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