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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 16, 201711min576
Most politicians hope to come across as ordinary folk. Fairly few succeed. Lois Tochtrop — a now-retired, long-serving member of Colorado’s General Assembly from Thornton — never really had to try. It always seemed to come naturally to her. The horseback-and-Harley-riding former nurse served in the state House and then the Senate from 1999 through […]

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Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 9, 201712min382

…Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Ahhh, those were the days before the long arm of Amendment 41 arrived on the scene — a little heard of show was in town: Legislators on Ice, er, at least on the snow ... all funded by lobbyists who just wanted to make sure their favorite lawmakers were getting in some time for much needed recreation. Three dozen Colorado lawmakers participated in an annual legislative outing sponsored by Colorado Ski Country USA and the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, where they were treated to two days of skiing at Purgatory Ski Resort outside of Durango. Much like one of those time share schemes, the legislators, of course, also took part in informative sessions conducted each morning by the tour sponsors. During these sessions, CSCUSA and CAST took the opportunity to lobby their pet concerns. But first, the butter: “The ski industry,” said CSCUSA President John Lay, “is the single largest employer on the Western Slope, with a total employment of 44,500 in 1985, which in two years had risen eight percent.”


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightJanuary 26, 201712min324

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … Take that President Bill Clinton! With Chuck Berry presiding as Speaker of the Colorado House, the Republican majority House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee amended and then proceeded to methodically pass a contentious anti-abortion bill sponsored by state Rep. Barry Arrington, R-Arvada, to ban what he — backed by Christian conservatives who praised Arrington for the measure — called "partialbirth abortions." HB 97-1136, passed after an extensive cross examination by Arrington of Dr. Warren Hern, director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic. The bill made it a misdemeanor, punishable with jail time, for a physician to abort a fetus during a partial birth abortion.