Colorado politicians look upward for that total eclipse of the sun

Four state Senate Republicans walked outside the state Capitol in Denver to observe Monday’s eclipse. They are Ray Scott of Grand Junction, Kevin Grantham of Cañon City, Don Coram of Montrose and Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling. Denver’s City-County Building is in the background. (Photo by Sean Paige/Colorado Senate GOP)

The 2017 eclipse has come and gone, but the pictures are forever — and thank goodness for that because some are spectacular.

In my book, winner-winner chicken dinner of political photos goes to Sean Paige, spokesman for the Colorado Senate Republicans, who got an amazing shot of four caucus members, including Senate President Kevin Grantham, looking into the sky with their special glasses.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and plenty of other elected officials, including county clerks and their staffs, got into the action, posting their photos on Facebook and Twitter. Colorado Politics’  Erin Prater put together a string of tweets and photos from various politicos. It’s a fun read.

For now, the “bulletproof” congressman

Today's headline in The Denver Post after the congressman's successful re-election on Tuesday.
Today’s headline in The Denver Post after the congressman’s successful re-election on Tuesday.

Two years ago I interviewed an African immigrant who told me an interesting story about Congressman Mike Coffman.

It turns out the young man was quite upset when he opened his ballot and saw Democrat Diana DeGette and Republican Martin Walsh on the ballot.

He made inquiries. Where is my ballot with Republican Mike Coffman’s name? That’s when he learned he lived in Denver-based Congressional District 1 and not Aurora-based Congressional District 6.

Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.
Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora.

I’ve thought of that interview many times in recent days as Arapahoe County Democrats outpaced Republicans in ballot returns. Sure, it was great for local Democrats but would it be great for Coffman’s challenger, Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll?

She became the third Democrat in a row to lose to Coffman since the 6th CD was redrawn to make what had been a conservative district a competitive one.

“Is Mike Coffman invincible?” the headline in today’s Sunday Denver Post asked.

Results from the Arapahoe County election website provide a fascinating glimpse of a swing county that for the most part went blue.

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“Strong Sisters” documents the role of women in Colorado politics

The Andersons: Kate, granddaughter of former lawmaker Norma Anderson, center, and daughter of former Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson, right, attended the "Strong Sisters" premiere Sunday afternoon. Colorado has yet to have a woman governor, but Norma Anderson said her granddaughter would be perfect for the job when she gets older.
The Andersons: Kate, left, the granddaughter of former lawmaker Norma Anderson, center, and the daughter of former Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson, right. They attended the “Strong Sisters” premiere Sunday afternoon.
Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Adams County and Rep. Kathleen Conti of Arapahoe County, at the showing of "Strong Sisters."
Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Adams County and Rep. Kathleen Conti of Arapahoe County, at the showing of “Strong Sisters.”

A who’s who of female politicians — including former House majority leaders Norma Anderson to Amy Stephens — showed up Sunday for the premiere of the documentary they starred in, “Strong Sisters,” which examines women and Colorado politics.

The bipartisan film, produced by Meg Kruizenga Froelich and Laura Hoeppner, looks at the many firsts for women in Colorado but notes how they haven fall short when it comes to higher office.

Only four women have served in the U.S. House — Pat Schroeder, Diana DeGette, Marilyn Musgrave and Betsy Markey — and no woman has been elected to the U.S. Senate or governor.

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Tom Brokaw, along with Reps. Diana DeGette, Fred Upton, honored

Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver and journalist Tom Brokaw.
Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver and journalist Tom Brokaw.

Legendary newscaster Tom Brokaw shared the stage tonight in Washington D.C. with two lawmakers, Colorado’s Diana DeGette and Michigan’s Fred Upton, where they received Courage Awards for their efforts involving cancer.

Brokaw in 2013 with diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer.  He talks about his journey in his memoir “A Lucky Life, Interrupted,”which has raised awareness about cancer.

DeGette, a Denver Democrat, and Upton, a Republican and chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee, have been universally praised for putting aside political pettiness to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which boosts federal funding for medical research, and speeds up federal approval for many new drugs and medical devices. The Senate is now debating the measure.

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Secretary Wayne Williams’ Denver Broncos shirt elicits cheers in D.C.

Congressman Ken Buck, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Buck chief of staff Mac Zimmerman at Buck's DC office on Tuesday. His staff let out a cheer when they saw Williams' T-shirt.
Congressman Ken Buck, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Buck chief of staff Mac Zimmerman at Buck’s D.C. office on Tuesday. Buck’s staff let out a cheer when they saw Williams’ T-shirt.
Congressman Doug Lamborn, right, and his wife Jeanne, had some fun when they saw fellow Colorado Springs Republican Wayne Williams sporting a Denver Broncos championship shirt.
Congressman Doug Lamborn, right, and his wife Jeanie had some fun when they saw fellow Colorado Springs Republican Wayne Williams sporting a Denver Broncos championship shirt.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams missed today’s Super Bowl parade in Denver, but he got a warm welcome in Washington, D.C., with his Denver Broncos championship T-shirt.

The parade route went right by Williams’ office at 1700 Broadway — he captured a good picture of the orange- and blue-stripe painted on the street for his Facebook page — but he was headed to Washington for the National Association of Secretaries of State winter conference.

After he landed, Williams stopped by all seven congressional offices. In most cases, the representatives had had already headed to the floor for a nighttime vote, but the secretary did manage to catch up with two lawmakers, Republican Ken Buck of Windsor and Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs.

Williams also had a chance to meet Buck’s new chief of staff, Mac Zimmerman, on his first day on the job. Zimmerman grew up in Denver but has lived in Grand Junction and previously worked for Congressmen Scott McInnis and Tom Tancredo, and for state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.

Zimmerman once worked with Buck’s previous chief of staff, former state Sen. Greg Brophy.

Miles, mascot of the Denver Broncos, enjoys today's Super Bowl parade in Denver.
Miles, mascot of the Denver Broncos, enjoys today’s Super Bowl parade in Denver.