Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 16, 201711min340

… 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.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 7, 201612min315

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Former Gov. Dick Lamm was remaining a Democrat — for the time being — but would be working hard to help Ross Perot’s Reform Party get its presidential candidate on the ballot in Colorado, and Lamm might be that candidate. “I think it’s really important that we get a third choice on the ballot,” he said.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 26, 201613min331

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Elected officials had a range of reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Colorado’s Amendment 2, the ballot measure to forbid “protected status based on homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation,” passed by state voters four years earlier. The court “rejected the equal rights vs. special rights distinction that was the basis for Colorado voters’ decision,” said Attorney General Gale Norton. U.S. Rep. Wayne Allard, who was running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, called himself “very disappointed” in the decision.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 24, 201610min358

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Roy Romer wielded his veto pen “with open hands urging reconciliation and respect,” rejecting a bill that would have outlawed same-sex marriages in Colorado. Romer said he spent many hours studying the question and, despite an intense campaign waged by supporters and opponents, wound up about where he had started before the bill landed on his desk. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Fort Morgan, and state Sen. Ben Alexander, R-Montrose, “was ...