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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonApril 24, 20187min269

The political ambush is difficult to pull off. Betrayal is always a risk (the opposing party may serve as your public adversary, but one’s personal enemies are more likely to be sharing a beer with you). Campaign managers must tread carefully. Finance disclosure reports often deposit a trail of breadcrumbs leading back to dirty trick conspirators, while what looks like an undefended vulnerability can prove a trap. Defensive strategy prioritizes ‘inoculation’: the pre-emptive copping to DUIs, restraining orders, rehab residencies, unpaid child support payments and bankruptcies. With the advent of the Internet, there are few skeletons that remain reliably stuffed into a candidate’s closet. Opposition research can locate your prom date, former spouses, disgruntled co-workers, boot camp buddies and credit scores.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 3, 20175min650

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston plans to report that his first-quarter fundraising topped $625,000, a sum his campaign says sets a modern record. The former state senator from Denver said Monday he raised more campaign cash in a quarter than any other state candidate has in a non-election year since the advent of strict campaign finance limits in 2005 — and he did it without accepting contributions from political action committees.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightMarch 23, 201711min256

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora were witnessing a dramatic increase in trash production within their jurisdictions, generated by their accumulating residents thanks to the large population boom. Meanwhile, land developers were seeking to eliminate the biggest resource for trash disposal, the Denver-Arapahoe disposal site at the Lowry Landfill, to make way for further development — and they set their sights on lobbying the Colorado Department of Health — heavily. Sounds like a clash waiting to happen, right?


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 9, 201712min338

…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 WrightFebruary 2, 201712min278

…Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Democrat state legislators were making their opinions known on what they contended was a poor handling of Medicaid funding by the Republican majority. The minority party in both chambers had kicked off the 1997 legislative session clashing early and often with GOP leadership over Medicaid. One Senate Democrats caucus lunch meeting took center stage in late January 1997, as Dem legislators discussed the issue among themselves, bringing in a state expert. Dean A. Woodward, legislative liaison for the Colorado Department of Healthy Care Policy and Financing, gave a presentation at the lunch, providing Democratic members with what they thought would be some information firepower.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 24, 201612min304

Twenty Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman ... Too much sun in the Legislature? “Five hits and you’re out,” was the name of the game sponsored by Rep. Vickie Angler (R-Littleton) and Sen. Bill Schroeder (R-Morrison), which also went by its other more legislative moniker — HB 1159. The new law outlined in Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-104.1 stated, “The General Assembly shall not consider the regulation of more than five occupations or professions in any one session of the General Assembly” — a seemingly timeless pursuit for Colorado's Republican legislators. HB 1159 eliminated the Sunrise-Sunset committee, which reviewed attempts to regulate unlicensed occupations and professions. Proponents of the bill claimed “no” votes by the influential six-member legislative committee on new regulation nearly always seemed to have a chilling effect on the success of new regulations, all but preventing those seeking new regs on unlicensed applicants from ever proceeding any further in the full Legislature.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 22, 201616min369

DENVER — Good Tuesday to you and yours. If it’s a traveling day (“over the river and through the woods …") for you, we do hope you arrive safely and possibly hungry. As you’ll notice, we are sharing several topics concerning our law enforcement today. With the recent police shootings (four this weekend) they have been top of mind and frankly … in our prayers. As Thanksgiving approaches, we hope you will keep those who wear a badge in your thoughts and prayers as well. More today as well ... Let’s get started!