Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 6, 20179min356

State Sen. Mike Merrifield discusses his love for the outdoors and the reason he doesn’t miss “The Big Bang Theory,” a sitcom about nerds, in a new episode of “Behind the Politics,” the weekly podcast produced by Colorado’s Senate Democrats. He also recalls with pride that he had the distinction during his first term in the House as the lawmaker who felt the wrath of the speaker’s gavel most often.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 23, 20179min304

State Sen. Steve Fenberg discusses a range of topics in an episode of “Behind the Politics,” a weekly podcast produced by the Senate Democrats posted online this week, including his work engaging young voters over the course of a decade with New Era Colorado, the Silver Plume bar he opened last summer with a few friends and some amusing incidents when his youthful appearance — he's 33 but could easily pass for several years younger — has flummoxed Capitol staff .

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 13, 20172min134

Ready for a little friendly media rivalry in the state Senate? No, not among us folks in the “working press” who cover the upper chamber; this time, it’s between the two parties’ press offices that dish out information to the public.

Ruling Republicans have been posting weekly video messages via YouTube, tapping into their members’ talents to make their caucus’s case on the issues.’s Joey Bunch has been giving us the best seats in the theater for the shows; some have been a real hoot.

Senate Democrats are now answering with “Behind the politics.” It’s a just-announced series of weekly podcasts profiling their caucus members and is now available on iTunes as well as YouTube.

The debut segment — an interview with Assistant Senate Minority Leader (and rising star) Leroy Garcia of Pueblo — comes across as distinctly Democratic. Not because of the politics but rather the stuff that really matters: the music, of course! The episode is cued in to the strains of jazz. It is hosted by in-house talent David Pourshoushtari, the Dems’ communications director, and Jill Mullen, the director of civic engagement.

For his part, Garcia takes full advantage of the mic time and, before delving into more serious topics like his efforts to curb youth opioid addiction, touts the attributes of his hometown. Needless to say, he is a big fan of the Steel City.

Tune in!