Michael Johnston (SD33) and Patrick Steadman (SD31) were sworn-in this morning in the Colorado Senate chambers.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
..at 20th and Vine. From architect Peter J Hynes:
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
I wasn't really planning on shooting the beginning of the Marathon, but since I woke up early and it was only 1 block away... Later, I ambled down to 17th and Gaylord where a group of enthusiastic supporters stood and cheered as the runners turned north. I was told that the front runner was way out in the lead and had passed there about an hour and a half earlier. Cheers to all who participated. Update: From 9news.com:
Hear are the winners: Half marathon men's winner: Andrew Smith and his time was 1:10:10. Half marathon women's winner: Becky Pretty and her time was 1:25:54. Full marathon men's winner: Matt Kempton and his time was 2:41:10. Full marathon women's winner: Heather Utratra and her time was 3:13:48.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mike Johnston won the delegate vote on the first ballot, with 64 votes out of 126. Rosemary Marshall, former state Legislator for 8 years, with 41 votes, was thrown out with the bathwater, and Anthony Graves, with 18 votes, was put on hold for another time. The result was predictable solely from a media usage perspective. Sitting in the "video catbird seat" as I do, gives me a unique point of view. I get to see the daily hits coming in and, surprising to some, where they are coming from. Johnston ran a media savvy campaign with a robust group of volunteers, and, most importantly, he had the goods; youth, vigor, articulateness, intelligence, good looks, money (see ActBlue) and the ability to project his vision to the small group of delegate voters. As we left the school, I happened to cross paths with Rosemary Marshall. "Looks like you'll have to get ready for the primary now," I said. "No," she replied " this was a wake-up call for me to start enjoying the rest of my life." Congratulations to you Rosemary, you may be the biggest winner after all, I thought, as we walked into the night.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Ok, ok, so you've had enough of SD33 Forum already! Having done this much I figure I might as well post the closing remarks. Even if you are not voting it is interesting to hear what the candidates think about the issues. A friend recently said "It is amazing to see what people think qualifies them to run for the State Senate".
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Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
First question to the four candidates - gay marriage, civil unions. (Tech note: All of the candidates answers are here in order they presented. I've cut out the applause to save time.) (Just in case....from Wikipedia: The first term used, “homosexual”, was thought to carry negative connotations and tended to be replaced by the terms “homophile” and, subsequently, “gay”. As lesbians forged their own identity, the phrase “gay and lesbian” became more common. This was soon followed by bisexual and transgender persons also asking for recognition as legitimate categories within the larger community. However, after the initial euphoria of the Stonewall riots wore off, starting in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, there was a change in perception; some gays and lesbians became less accepting of bisexual or transgender people. It was thought that transsexual people were acting out stereotypes and bisexuals were simply gay men or lesbian women who were afraid to come out and be honest about their identity. The movement underwent identity conflicts with various entities including or excluding various LGBT communities; these conflicts continue to this day. Not until the 1990s did it become common to speak of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people with equal respect within the movement. Although the LGBT community has seen some controversy regarding universal acceptance of different member groups (transgender individuals, in particular, have sometimes been marginalized by the larger LGBT community), the term LGBT has been a positive symbol of inclusion. Despite the fact that LGBT does not nominally encompass all individuals in smaller communities (see Variants below), the term is generally accepted to include those not identified in the four‐letter acronym. Overall, the use of the term LGBT has, over time, largely aided in bringing otherwise marginalized individuals into the general community. Many variants exist including variations which merely change the order of the letters; however, LGBT or GLBT are the most common terms and the ones most frequently seen in current usage. Although identical in meaning, “LGBT” may have a more feminist connotation than “GLBT” as it places the “L” (for “lesbian”) first. When not inclusive of transgender people it is sometimes shortened to LGB. LGBT or GLBT may also include additional “Q”s for “queer” and/or “questioning” (sometimes abbreviated with a question mark) (e.g., “LGBTQ”, “LGBTQQ”, or “GLBTQ?”). Other variants may add a “U” for “unsure”; an “I” for intersex; another “T” for “transsexual” or “transvestite; another “T”, “TS”, or “2” for “Two‐Spirit” persons; an “A” or “SA” for straight allies; or an “A” for “asexual”. Some may also add a P for pansexual or polyamorous, and an O for omnisexual or other. The order of the letters has not been standardized; in addition to the variations between the positions of the initial “L” or “G”, the mentioned, less‐common letters, if used, may appear in almost any order. Variant terms do not typically represent political differences within the community, but arise simply from the preferences of individuals and groups. The terms transsexual and intersex are regarded by some people as falling under the umbrella term “transgender” though many transsexual and intersex people object to this (both for different reasons).)
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Pull out the stops, there is a vacancy to be filled. With the resignation of Peter Groff on his way to the Obama Department of Education, his position as Senator from District 33 must now be filled. The procedure for doing this involves a vote by Democratic officers from Precinct Chair People (PCP) up to Mayor – a group of approximately 150 individuals. The vote will take place May 11, next Monday. This Forum gives the candidates a chance to present themselves to the Vacancy Committee. Although well over 200 people attended the Forum, it was estimated that only 1 in 10 were actual Committee members. Four candidates have announced (alphabetical order): Renee Blanchard, Anthony Graves, Michael Johnston, and Rosemary Marshall. I have a dismal track record in picking candidates, so I’ll keep my choice to myself. You can see for yourself.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Colorado Representative Wes McKinley has done it again - sponsored a Legislative Trailride in SE Colorado. In conjunction with John Duvall and the Duvall ranch, Cal Hoffman, Pat Palmer, and a beautiful day near Granada, Colorado, nearly 100 riders of all descriptions enjoyed a trek through the eastern Colorado country, cowboy style. If you like horses and all things western, you will enjoy this glimpse into a lifestyle far removed from Denver traffic. See also AP reporter Steven Paulson's great in-depth article here.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
D's Daily Dish
4th Annual Tomato Plant Give-Away
1426 East 22nd Avenue, Denver
(on 22nd Avenue between Lafayette and Humboldt)
She is growing 300 tomato plants to distribute, plus some flowers and some basil. Come and get one or more. If you have extra plants in your garden, bring them along to swap and someone will put them to good use. Some folks are bringing more tomatoes and lots of herbs. So, come on by, and remember... all gardening advice is free, although none is guaranteed.
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