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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 18, 20178min818

There are a few things that define Lew Gaiter III, the Larimer County commissioner running in the Republican primary for governor. He’s a Christian and a cancer survivor. He’s a family man who built a business. After growing up in a family of prominent Colorado Democrats, he’s been a Republican since his college years. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was president of Colorado Counties Inc., and he only recently went off a national board of county commissioners.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 6, 201711min750
If you’re among the many Coloradans glad to no longer be enveloped by a cloud of cigarette smoke when entering a restaurant or bar, you can thank Dan Grossman. And if you are among the minority of Coloradans who still smoke and now feel left out in the cold — literally, when it’s winter — […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 9, 20173min2542

Calling him “one of the most creative and thoughtful leaders on education” nationwide, former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart on Wednesday endorsed Democrat Mike Johnston to be Colorado’s next governor.

“Ahead of almost all those in his emerging generation of leaders, Mike has understood the linkage between high quality public education, and continuing education, and employment and economic opportunity,” Hart said in an endorsement letter released by Johnston’s campaign.

Johnston has proposed that the state pay for two years of college or mid-career job training for Coloradans.

A former state senator from Denver, Johnston is one of four Democrats running in a primary for the office held by term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper, also a Democrat. Other Democrats in the race include U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy and businessman and civic leader Noel Ginsburg. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne said last week she is formally exploring whether to launch a campaign.

Hart, who served two terms in the Senate and ran for president twice, recalled that he sought public office “on the twin themes of new leadership, generational change, and new ideas, new approaches to address new realities.” With that in mind, he says Johnston fills the bill for Colorado.

“Mike steadfastly avoids the partisanship that is handcuffing political progress at the state and national level and will seek bipartisan innovation at every opportunity,” Hart writes. “These new and different times require a new and different leader like Mike Johnston in the governor’s office.”

Johnston, a friend of Hart’s for 15 years since he was his student in law school, returned the praise.

“Sen. Hart is one of our nation’s greatest statesmen and most thoughtful leaders, who has been called on by presidents to tackle challenges as diverse as creating a homeland security strategy for the U.S. and monitoring Irish peace. We will do all we can to build a Colorado worthy of your vision,” Johnston said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Johnston announced he’d won an endorsement from former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, former state Rep. Wilma Webb.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightApril 6, 201711min308

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Colorado U.S. Sen. Gary Hart officially announced his second run for U.S. president on his home turf at Red Rocks Amphitheater, saying, among other remarks, “I guarantee you that I’ll make some mistakes.” At a press conference the next Tuesday, in Denver City Council chambers, he said that he had referred to campaign tactical issues, not mistakes on issues. He told reporters that he would be better prepared for victory — or defeat in 1988.