Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 27, 20173min163
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday morning was shown national love as a politician who has won in down Democratic years and as a potential 2020 presidential candidate. Hickenlooper spoke during an appearance on “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd,” where he was asked about the direction of the Democratic Party. Sadness for Democrats stemming from […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 26, 20178min205
Colorado Democrats had a positive reaction Saturday when former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Colorado state party chairman Rick  Palacio  lost his bid to be the DNC’s vice chairman, however. Palacio lost  in a crowded field to New York City Assemblyman Michael Blake. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, another New […]

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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJanuary 19, 201712min216

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Coloradans were in a proud position. The state's very own were to head both of the nation's major political parties … Gov. Roy Romer acknowledged that his new post as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee — yes, while still governor — would make a 1998 run for U.S. Senate “less likely.” Romer admitted that it would be impossible “to wear three hats” — governor, DNC general chair, and U.S. Senate candidate, but also said he had not made a final decision whether to run or not. During a press conference to discuss his surprise ascension to the DNC post, the governor said that President Bill Clinton had called him the day before the legislative session began, asking him to resign the governorship.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 22, 201613min260

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A former state legislator was bestowed the honor of an ambassadorship. Former state Sen. Sam H. Zakhem was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, he succeeded Donald Leidel. A well-known name in Colorado politics, Zakhem is Lebanese by birth, was educated in the United States and served Southwest Denver in both the Colorado House and Senate. From 1967 to 1972, Zakhem was an instructor at the University of Colorado extension and was also a foreign student adviser at the University of Denver from 1972 to 1973. Zakhem served as a state representative from 1975-1979, and as a state senator from 1979-1983. While serving in the Colorado Legislature, Zakhem sponsored pioneering efforts dealing with solar energy, aid to the elderly and tougher penalties for drunk drivers and employers who hire illegal aliens. He then, thanks to Reagan's appointment, went on to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain from 1986 to 1989.


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayAugust 11, 20169min222

Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn’t join any club that would have him as a member. Bernie Sanders last week turned that on its head, saying he wouldn’t remain a member of any party that wouldn’t have him as its leader. Sanders decided to become a Democrat only last year and only so he could seek the Democratic presidential nomination. He went on to wage an energetic and occasionally entertaining campaign. In the end, which came at the Democratic National Convention last week, he endorsed Hillary Clinton. The next day he told reporters he again considered himself an independent, not a Democrat.


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Crisanta DuranCrisanta DuranJuly 30, 20163min248

On the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, I was asked to address the convention. Speaking on the night that Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to ever accept the nomination of a major political party was without a doubt one of the greatest honors of my life. I will never forget representing our beautiful state on the stage, and I hope I made Colorado proud. In my speech, I made a point that in this country, we do not define our value by our net worth. As the daughter of a family that relied on food stamps to get by when I was first born, and growing up to speak about it on a national convention stage, this could not ring more true for me. I have always known that Hillary Clinton shares this belief with me, and after her speech Thursday night, I am so proud of what she believes does define us.


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Crisanta DuranCrisanta DuranJuly 26, 20164min201

Day one of the Democratic National Convention was marked by energy and excitement. The streets of Philadelphia were paved with progressives and the energy was palpable — a promising sign for the future of our party. I started my day at the Colorado Delegation Breakfast, where our state’s Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters came together for a productive conversation about continuing to move Colorado forward. Among other platform advancements, my fellow delegates discussed improving college affordability and super delegate reform measures.