Steve DurhamSteve DurhamSeptember 29, 20176min1422

Down in Texas, the state legislature is considering measures to require local governments to seek voter approval before raising taxes, along the lines of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). Here in Colorado, we might want to return the favor by adopting a version of Texas’ “resign-to-run” law, a measure that requires some state and local officials to resign their present office before running for a different office.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightJune 8, 20178min268

Thirty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … Elie Wiesel and Emil Hecht received honorary degrees in Humane Letters from the University of Denver at “A Triumph of Conscience” dinner which was attended by 1,400 distinguished eventgoers. Dr. Dwight Smith, Chancellor of the University of Denver, said the honors were bestowed on “two whose contributions to the welfare of humanity surpass our ability to ...


Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 10, 20177min1111

A Douglas County entrepreneur and former state lawmaker could be adding his name to the lengthy list of possible Republican candidates for governor in 2018, sources tell The Colorado Statesman. Victor Mitchell, who served a term in the Legislature a decade ago, is weighing a run, and Capitol veteran Steve Durham thinks Mitchell can bring the right blend of business savvy and government know-how to what could be a wide-open field.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 19, 201611min302

Thirty-Five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Some of the money allegedly embezzled from the Central Bank for Cooperatives in Denver by Eve Lincoln, a former coordinator for Secretary of State Mary Estill Buchanan’s 1980 Senate campaign, could have been used to help finance Buchanan’s petition drive to get on the ballot, the Republican’s former campaign manager said. Under federal election law, if that’s what had happened, it could have counted as an illegal corporate campaign contribution, said Curt Uhre, who helmed Buchanan’s bid. He explained that was why the campaign had reimbursed the bank $2,591 just six days before


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 12, 201612min334

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Gary Hart — he wasn’t seeking a third term — was warming up. Democrats had decided on U.S. Rep. Tim Wirth as the party’s nominee, but Republicans appeared to be roughly evenly divided between U.S. Rep. Ken Kramer, state Sen. Martha Ezzard and businessman Terry Considine.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 31, 20169min346

Thirty-Five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Dick Lamm hadn’t decided yet whether he planned to run for a third term in 1982, but the Democrat conceded he could be unseated by Colorado Republicans, who had said their major goal in the next year was retaking the governor’s mansion. “Oh, sure,” Lamm said in an interview with The Statesman. “I think anyone in public office is beatable, especially in these very shifting times. You go into any campaign — no matter how high or seemingly unbeatable you are — with at least a third chance of losing just because of the vagaries in a campaign and the kind of things which can happen. You’ve involved in a process that you only have marginal control over.” …

Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 8, 201640min358

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ Tuesday, March 8, 2016 DENVER — In case you didn't turn on any device yesterday, Michael Bloomberg will not be seeking a third party (or any) run for the presidency in 2016. Oh yes, and all the five of the Republican's gun bills were smothered in House State Affairs committee yesterday. Tack on Peyton Manning's retirement speech and that is probably all you were able to see yesterday in the news since it drowned out pretty much any other topic. That said, Bloomberg's decision is a significant one. The gun bill reruns? Meh ... "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." — John Adams Now, your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline: