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Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 16, 201711min344

… 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.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 17, 201612min337

Fifteen Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman ... When the cat’s away … While Colorado legislators were recessed, in their place, the Annual Youth in Government Program took over the House, Senate, judiciary and governor's seats to get a hands on lesson in government affairs. Entering its 48th year, the youth program sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver — cast students as lobbyists, justices, pages, journalists and elected officials. More than 200 Colorado high school students from across the state participated. Students prepared at their own schools where bills were researched and written and students got a primer on parliamentary procedures. Then, during the three-day session at the Capitol, bills were run at length through the legislative process, from lobbying to debating. On the third day and final day the bills which were passed went to the youth governor, Robert Lee (Fairfield High School-Boulder), to sign or veto.