Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMay 1, 20188min452

"He reflected the best of the Senate because he reflected the best in us." They came from all over Colorado — the Western Slope, the Eastern Plains and the Front Range — and from both sides of the aisle and from both chambers, to honor the memory of one of the Senate's most beloved members, Republican Sen. Ken Kester. The memorial was the most moving memorial this reporter has seen in 20 years at the Capitol.


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.