Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 22, 20185min1313

A bipartisan organization pushing ballot measures to change the way Colorado draws its legislative and congressional boundaries announced the support Monday of a number of groups representing rural, minority, business and civic reform interests. Fair Districts Colorado, a group chaired by Kent Thiry, the CEO of kidney dialysis giant DaVita Inc., said it now has the backing of Progressive 15 and Action 22, associations representing 37 counties in northeastern and southeastern Colorado, respectively; the African Leadership Group, an advocacy organization for African immigrants; Clean Slate Now, a group devoted to campaign finance reform; and Colorado Concern, an association of some of the state's top business executives.


Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 17, 201612min359

Fifteen Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman ... When the cat’s away … While Colorado legislators were recessed, in their place, the Annual Youth in Government Program took over the House, Senate, judiciary and governor's seats to get a hands on lesson in government affairs. Entering its 48th year, the youth program sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver — cast students as lobbyists, justices, pages, journalists and elected officials. More than 200 Colorado high school students from across the state participated. Students prepared at their own schools where bills were researched and written and students got a primer on parliamentary procedures. Then, during the three-day session at the Capitol, bills were run at length through the legislative process, from lobbying to debating. On the third day and final day the bills which were passed went to the youth governor, Robert Lee (Fairfield High School-Boulder), to sign or veto.


Steve ToolSteve ToolFebruary 26, 20165min429

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama lamented that partisan division and polarization had increased during his tenure. He laid part of the blame on gerrymandered congressional districts, stating, “In America, politicians should not pick their voters; voters should pick their politicians.” Here in Colorado, a bipartisan group of leaders has come together to end gerrymandering. The result is newly-filed Initiative 107. If approved by voters this fall, this measure would put in place a best-in-the-nation system for redrawing political districts. As former legislators representing both political parties, we urge Coloradans’ to support this initiative.