Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 7, 20174min1785

U.S. Reps. Ken Buck, a Windsor Republican, and Kathleen Rice, a Long Island Democrat, on Wednesday launched a bipartisan House caucus devoted to coming up with what organizers call common-sense congressional reforms. The two lawmakers — both former elected district attorneys — are co-chairs of the Congressional Reformers Caucus, which counts 10 Democrats and nine Republicans on its initial roster, their offices announced. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, is also a member.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 6, 20168min368

Denver is "completely out of step" with other major jurisdictions in at least one key ethics code area, City Councilman Kevin Flynn told some of his colleagues in explaining some "tweaks" he is proposing to the city code. At the Tuesday, Dec. 6, Finance and Governance Committee meeting, Flynn noted most jurisdictions have a dollar limit instead of a number limit for things like meals and event tickets a council member, city employee or official can accept over the course of a year. Currently, Denver's code has a limit of four such gifts and Flynn is proposing a change to a cumulative limit of $300 a year.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 17, 201615min401

Few Capitol denizens have spent as much time as Cathy Wanstrath prowling the hallways and corners of the building, but the longtime lobbyist will be the first to tell you she learns something new every day. She got her start under the dome nearly 30 years ago after volunteering on Roy Romer’s first gubernatorial campaign and then joining his staff when the governor was sworn in for the first of three terms. Initially, Wanstrath served as director of boards and commissions, a job she describes as “great fun, because the first year of a governor’s term you have a lot of seats to fill.” But she longed to work with lawmakers and within a year had the opportunity, raising her hand when Larry Kallenberger, the governor’s lobbyist, needed assistance ...