Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandMarch 25, 20188min301
A review of the lighter side, usually, of what happens at the state Capitol. Getting a little hard to find the humor of things these days… That said, off to the races.   Bet you’ve never seen something like this before…The picture below shows a center cut from a tree that played an important role […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 20, 20173min524
Reggie Bicha has been talking to tribal leaders about how the state of Colorado can be an ally to the Ute nation to provide needed social services to tribal members in the state. Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, and other state agency leaders met with representatives from the Ute Mountain […]

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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 11, 20162min318


Last month, a group of young women from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe participated in a media training initiative called #GirlsGovern, which culminated in interviews with female elected officials. Run by GlobalGirls Media, #GirlsGovern sought to empower, inform and engage girls in politics through journalism.

As the director of Emerge Colorado, an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, I know the importance of engaging women in the political process early on. So, I decided to lend a hand to the #GirlsGovern initiative by arranging for the girls to meet and interview several Colorado women serving in office.

State House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran and state Sen. Linda Newell spoke to the girls about the importance of engagement and equal representation. Over lunch, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and state Sen. Beth Martinez-Humenik touched on the unique abilities that women bring to the table. Engaging in discussions like these can spark an initial interest in politics, which is the first step for young women to enter the pipeline and eventually run for office themselves.

Inspiring a future generation of female leaders is one of the many great things that women do when they’re elected. That’s why Emerge is working hard to change the face of leadership in Colorado. Eight of our alumnae won their primary races last month, including three women of color. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but until Colorado women are fairly represented, we’ll be on the front lines of this fight.

Jenny Willford

Executive director, Emerge Colorado



Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 7, 20164min444

Colorado’s newest lieutenant governor has already appointed a judge, learned how to do the Ute tribal bear dance and reached out to her other colleagues in the executive branch, including Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has met with Williams, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Treasurer Walker Stapleton, as well as various lawmakers and cabinet secretaries. “I want to extend my hand and my ear,” Lynne said, after her meeting today with the secretary of state in his office.