Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 18, 201718min4604

In the days since additional claims of sexual misconduct by Colorado legislators emerged in a news report, numerous women who have worked with state Sen. Jack Tate, one of the lawmakers accused of improper behavior, have come forward to challenge anonymous allegations about Tate. They say they’re alarmed the Centennial Republican could be unfairly caught up in a scandal they agree is bringing long overdue scrutiny to harassment at the state Capitol.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 25, 201727min743

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 regular session. Considering all the bills that made it to final, third-reading votes in the session — 490 in the House and 459 in the Senate — between them, these three legislators cast the most ‘no’ votes and the most ‘yes’ votes, respectively, according to an analysis prepared by bill-tracking service Colorado Capitol Watch.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusMarch 10, 20175min344
There are way better drinking games than debating prohibition-era liquor laws. Yet for some reason most of the lobbyists and lawmakers working on a booze “cleanup” bill have opted for legislative war instead of beer pong. The discussion over the last few weeks has resembled a nonsensical drunk stumbling home from the bar, muttering, “No, […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 16, 201621min452

Although he tracks nearly every bill in front of the Legislature, lobbyist Jeremy Schupbach often won’t weigh in on contentious policy questions or what he describes as “thorny” issues at the state Capitol. But when it comes to commas, he’s often all over it. Schupbach has what he calls his favorite job in the whole world, director of legislative relations for the Colorado Bar Association.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 1, 20166min332

Denver City Council members and other identified officials would have to report gifts worth more than $50 a year, double the current threshold amount, under an ordinance revising the municipal code. A separate ordinance updating the city's lobbyist registration requirements includes clearer definitions of who would have to comply with those reporting requirements. The council's Finance and Governance Committee, at its Tuesday, Nov. 29, meeting, sent both ordinances to the full council. The action followed an earlier committee meeting where the changes were first discussed.


Paula NoonanPaula NoonanNovember 21, 20165min385

Most polls and big data analysts missed the target election night. After at least a year and a half of taking the country’s presidential preference temperature and analyzing voter behavior using complicated algorithms and finger crossing and concluding that Hillary Clinton would win, Donald Trump took the night. "If 'big data' is not that useful for predicting an election, then how much should we be relying on it for predicting civil uprisings in countries where we have an interest or predicting future terror attacks?" asked Patrick Tucker, the author of "The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?"


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 18, 20167min593

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to have occurred, the city ordinance that regulates lobbyists by requiring registration and the reports does not identify specific oversight. Like many other areas of municipal and state regulations, it is basically a self-reporting arrangement that is only investigated upon complaint, according to Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 11, 201610min356

Annual and monthly disclosure reports by elected officials, city employees and lobbyists registered with the City and County of Denver would see several changes under proposed regulations from the city clerk and recorder. The city council's Finance and Governance committee took a first look at the proposed changes from Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson at its Oct. 4 meeting and asked for several revisions Johnson will present in November.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 1, 201622min556

Twenty-five years later, lobbyist Fofi Mendez, the principle at Mendez Consulting, Inc., says the memory still sends a shiver down her spine. She had an established career in Colorado working in the anti-violence realm, directing victim’s services for the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program — now known as the Blue Bench — starting in the early 1980s. Working with the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Mendez — her given name is Florangel — became president of the Colorado coalition by the end of the decade and got involved in its successful efforts to make marital rape a crime in the state.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 10, 201621min397

Even after 23 years lobbying at the state Capitol, Jane Urschel says she learns something new all the time. “Every day is different,” she says. “There’s no continuity — you just go down there and find out what the surprise is for the day, then you deal with that.” Urschel is in charge of advocacy — not just lobbying, though that’s a big chunk of it — for the state’s school boards, serving as deputy executive director of the Colorado Association of School Boards, known as CASB.