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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 30, 20172min11370

Game on.

The Colorado legislature returns to the Capitol Monday to settle some things once and for all, unlike what might happen with the fix to flawed bill that’s costing special districts their share of marijuana taxes.

More certainly they’ll settle who are the champs and who are the chumps in politcal kickball.

Reps. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, and Alec Garnett, D-Denver, as well as Sens. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, have summoned fellow lawmakers to the softball field at Metro State University of Denver at 7 p.m. for the first Bipartisan Charity Legislative Kickball Game.

The softball field is in the Regency Athletic Complex at 1600 West Colfax in Denver.

To sponsor the game, Walmart donated $10,000 for hurricane disaster relief through the American Red Cross, as part of retailer’s $30 million pledge to hurricane relief. Metro State donated facilities and umpires, while each legislator participating in the game is raising or donating at least $100 each.

“It’s really important for the Colorado legislature to show solidarity with fellow states,” Moreno said. “Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and other states that have been impacted by these hurricanes need our help. All the money we can raise is going to a good cause.”

Nordberg said the a group of legislators had talked for awhile about doing bipartisan events to support good causes outside politics. He hoped this would be the first of many such events.

“If there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats at the Capitol share, it’s our total lack of athletic ability,” he said.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 14, 20175min3760

Two Lakewood Republicans are considering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter's bid for a seventh term in the 7th Congressional District, Colorado Politics has learned. Jerry Natividad, who mounted a brief campaign last year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, and Mark Barrington, who has run for legislative and city council seats, both said they're thinking about running for the seat — particularly after Perlmutter said in April he was running for governor and wouldn't seek reelection, then dropped from the gubernatorial field in July and then declared in August he was back in the congressional race.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 3, 20175min3840

Fans of the state’s history in flight can pay tribute to a pilot from Denver pilot who broke racial barriers, the late Marlon Green, at a banquet next month.

Green won a landmark Supreme Court case that allowed African-Americans to be airline pilots. He died in 2009 at age 80. The Colorado Aviation Historical Society will posthumously induct Green into its hall of fame Oct. 14 at Lakewood Country Club.

The society will also present a special award to a group of Coloradans who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force during World War II. The organization will also recognize its Wright Brothers 50-year Master Pilots.

An Air Force veteran who lived in Denver, Green sued Continental Airlines in 1957. The airline invited him to take its flight test after he failed to note his race on the application. After he passed, the airline refused to hire him, while taking white Air Force pilots with less experience.

With the support of then-U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Green fought his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he won a unanimous decision, in 1963.

He was still kept from becoming the nation’s first black commercial airline pilot, however. Instead, American Airlines hired David Harris, in 1964, a few months before Green was hired by Continental in 1965, eight years after he first applied. He flew for Continental Airlines until 1978.

In 2007, The Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum called Green the “Jackie Robinson of Aviation.” In 2009 author Flint Whitlock published the book “Turbulence Before Takeoff: The Life & Times of Aviation Pioner Marlon Dewitt Green.”

In 2010, Continental Airlines named a 737 in Green’s honor.

Tickets are $45 each for the event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday. Those who would like to attend should contact banquet chairman Dave Kempa at 303-521-6761 or dave@airdenver.com.

Colorado’s rich history in flight is reflected in its museums, as well as military installations and private employers. Aviation in today supports 265,000 jobs, according to a 2015 report by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

In its last session, the legislature exempted sales taxes on historical aircraft used in public displays at least 20 hours a week, partly as a tribute and partly to encourage public education and the preservation of history.

House Bill 1103 was sponsored by Reps. Dan Nordberg, R-Col0rado Springs, and Dan Pabon, D-Denver, with Sens. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City.

The bill notes that The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located in the Lowry neighborhood of Denver has more than 50 historical aircraft on display, about half of which are on local from private owners

Legislative analysts also cited historical aircraft at the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs and the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 2, 20178min1240


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Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 21, 20176min2780

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter announced Monday morning he’s back in the race for his old seat in Congress from the 7th Congressional District. The Democrat from Arvada said in April he would run for governor but in June he said had lost the competitive fire and dropped out of that race.

The Colorado Pols website first reported Monday morning that Perlmutter would officially seek re-election, and The Denver Post first reported Perlmutter’s statement on his decision.

Colorado Politics was the first to report Perlmutter was reconsidering his earlier decision and would likely run for his seat in Congress again, and that other candidates were reconsidering, as a result.

State Sen. Dominick Moreno and state Rep. Brittany Pettersen announced Monday they are suspending their campaigns, leaving state Sen. Andy Kerr and Dan Baer in the Democratic primary. No Republicans have yet announced.

“Over the last few weeks a lot has happened, both for me and in the world. I’ve taken some time to regroup and recharge, and in so doing I’ve had many meaningful conversations with friends, neighbors, supporters and family who have encouraged me to run again,” Perlmutter said in a statement Monday morning. “I have appreciated each and every conversation. It has made me take time to reflect on the future. And I’ve come to the conclusion to run again for re-election. To ask the hardworking people of the 7th district to once again put their trust in me to be their voice in Washington. I care deeply for our state, and I love my home which is here in the 7th district.

“I’ve talked to Andy, Brittany (and) Dominick and corresponded with Dan about my decision. They are all wonderful people and I know for them and some others my decision is not convenient or well timed, for which I’m sorry. But I know I have more to do and more to give to the people of the 7th district. I understand this is not an ideal situation — I really do — but I know we can all work together to fight for our Colorado way of life.”

Moreno announced Monday morning he is dropping out of the Democratic primary and will instead back Perlmutter.

“We continue to be in great hands with Congressman Perlmutter,” Moreno said in a statement. “Thank you to the many people who supported me along this journey. My time serving our community does not end with our campaign suspending, and I remain committed to standing up for our values in the state Senate.”

Pettersen made a similar announcement Monday afternoon.

“While I’m disappointed I will not have the opportunity to serve our community in Congress, I know that the people of the 7th district will continue to be well represented by Ed Perlmutter,” Pettersen said in a statement. “I am so proud and humbled by the support of the people across Colorado who believed in me and stepped up to contribute, volunteer and support my campaign. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of this great state.”

Kerr said through a spokeswoman Monday he will be discussing the development with friends, family and supporters before making a decision “in the next day or two.”

“Ed’s been a friend, a mentor and a great public servant for the people of CD7 — including my own family,” Kerr told Colorado Politics. “I respect his decision and the wishes of the people he works so hard for.”

A campaign spokeswoman for Baer said the candidate was out of town when the news broke and didn’t have an immediate response.

“Dan jumped into this race because he believes this is a pivotal moment, when we need energetic, fresh leadership and a positive vision,” Baer spokeswoman Laura Shunk told Colorado Politics. “Dan is away for his grandmother’s 90th birthday. Given the number of twists and turns in this race so far, we don’t have any immediate response.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated with comments from Sen. Andy Kerr, Rep. Brittany Pettersen and former ambassador Dan Baer.

— Colorado Politics reporter Ernest Luning contributed to this report.