Ray Scott (Colorado politician)
Ray Scott is an American politician and a Republican member of the Colorado State Senate representing District 7 since January 7, 2015. Scott served consecutively from January 12, 2011 until January 9, 2013 in the Colorado House of Representatives District 54 seat, from January 9, 2013 to January 7, 2015 in the Colorado House of Representatives District 55 seat. 2014 Ran for the Colorado State Senate District 7 seat, against Democratic opponent Claudette Konola, won the race 71% to 29% of votes cast. The Senate District 7 seat was vacated by Steve King who sought elected office in the Mesa County Sheriff's Department. Colorado's 7th Senate District encompasses a portion of Garfield County. 2012 Redistricted to District 55, with incumbent Republican Representative Laura Bradford leaving the Legislature, Scott ran unopposed for the June 26, 2012 Republican Primary, winning with 6,330 votes, won the three-way November 6, 2012 General election with 22,056 votes against Democratic nominee Dan Robinson and Libertarian candidate Virgil Fenn.
2010 When District 54 Republican Representative Steve King ran for Colorado Senate, Scott won the August 10, 2010 Republican Primary with 6,352 votes, was unopposed for the November 2, 2010 General election, winning with 26,176 votes. After the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel published a column urging him to advance a bill granting journalists greater access to public records, Scott referred to the article and the newspaper as "fake news" on social media; the newspaper's publisher reacted by threatening to sue. Official page at the Colorado General Assembly Campaign site Profile at Vote Smart
Governor of Colorado
The Governor of Colorado is the chief executive of the U. S. state of Colorado. The governor is the head of the executive branch of Colorado's state government and is charged with enforcing state laws; the governor has the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Colorado General Assembly, to convene the legislature, to grant pardons, except in cases of treason or impeachment. The governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. Seven people served as governor of Colorado Territory over eight terms, appointed by the President of the United States. Since statehood, there have been 36 governors; the longest-serving governors were Richard "Dick" Lamm and Roy Romer, who each served 12 years over three terms. The shortest term occurred in March 16 and 17, 1905, when the state had three governors in the span of 24 hours: Alva Adams won the election, but soon after he took office, the legislature declared his opponent, James Peabody, but on the condition that he resign, so that his lieutenant governor, Jesse McDonald, could be governor.
Thus, Peabody served less than a day as governor. The current governor is Democrat Jared Polis, who took office on January 8, 2019; the self-proclaimed Provisional Government of the Territory of Jefferson was organized on November 7, 1859. Jefferson Territory included all of present-day Colorado, but extended about 3 miles farther east, 138 miles farther north, about 50 miles farther west; the territory was never recognized by the federal government in the tumultuous days before the American Civil War. The Jefferson Territory had only one governor, Robert Williamson Steele, a pro-union Democrat elected by popular vote, he proclaimed the territory dissolved on June 6, 1861, several months after the official formation of the Colorado Territory, but only days after the arrival of its first governor. The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, from parts of the territories of New Mexico and Nebraska, the unorganized territory, the western portion of Kansas Territory; the State of Colorado was admitted to the Union on August 1, 1876.
To serve as governor, one must be at least 30 years old, be a citizen of the United States, have been a resident of the state for at least two years prior to election. The state constitution of 1876 called for election of the governor every two years, with their term beginning on the second Tuesday of the January following the election. An amendment passed in 1956, taking effect in 1959, increased terms to four years. There was no term limit applied to the governor. There is however no limit on the total number of terms one may serve as long as one who has served the two term limit is out of office for four years. Should the office of governor become vacant, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. If both the offices governor and lieutenant governor are vacant, the line of succession moves down through the senior members of the state senate and state house of representatives of the same party as the governor; the lieutenant governor was elected separately from the governor until a 1968 amendment to the constitution made it so that they are elected on the same ticket.
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Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U. S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census. The state was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains; the Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, on August 1, 1876, U. S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state one century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. Colorado is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, Utah to the west, touches Arizona to the southwest at the Four Corners.
Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, high plains, canyons, plateaus and desert lands. Colorado is part of the western and southwestern United States, is one of the Mountain States. Denver is most populous city of Colorado. Residents of the state are known as Coloradans, although the antiquated term "Coloradoan" is used. Colorado is notable for its diverse geography, which includes alpine mountains, high plains, deserts with huge sand dunes, deep canyons. In 1861, the United States Congress defined the boundaries of the new Territory of Colorado by lines of latitude and longitude, stretching from 37°N to 41°N latitude, from 102°02'48"W to 109°02'48"W longitude. After 158 years of government surveys, the borders of Colorado are now defined by 697 boundary markers and 697 straight boundary lines. Colorado and Utah are the only states that have their borders defined by straight boundary lines with no natural features; the southwest corner of Colorado is the Four Corners Monument at 36°59'56"N, 109°2'43"W.
This is the only place in the United States where four states meet: Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The summit of Mount Elbert at 14,440 feet elevation in Lake County is the highest point in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains of North America. Colorado is the only U. S. state that lies above 1,000 meters elevation. The point where the Arikaree River flows out of Yuma County and into Cheyenne County, Kansas, is the lowest point in Colorado at 3,317 feet elevation; this point, which holds the distinction of being the highest low elevation point of any state, is higher than the high elevation points of 18 states and the District of Columbia. A little less than half of Colorado is flat and rolling land. East of the Rocky Mountains are the Colorado Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Nebraska at elevations ranging from 3,350 to 7,500 feet; the Colorado plains are prairies but include deciduous forests and canyons. Precipitation averages 15 to 25 inches annually. Eastern Colorado is presently farmland and rangeland, along with small farming villages and towns.
Corn, hay and oats are all typical crops. Most villages and towns in this region boast both a grain elevator. Irrigation water is available from subterranean sources. Surface water sources include the South Platte, the Arkansas River, a few other streams. Subterranean water is accessed through artesian wells. Heavy use of wells for irrigation caused underground water reserves to decline. Eastern Colorado hosts considerable livestock, such as hog farms. 70% of Colorado's population resides along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor between Cheyenne and Pueblo, Colorado. This region is protected from prevailing storms that blow in from the Pacific Ocean region by the high Rockies in the middle of Colorado; the "Front Range" includes Denver, Fort Collins, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and other townships and municipalities in between. On the other side of the Rockies, the significant population centers in Western Colorado are the cities of Grand Junction and Montrose.
The Continental Divide of the Americas extends along the crest of the Rocky Mountains. The area of Colorado to the west of the Continental Divide is called the Western Slope of Colorado. West of the Continental Divide, water flows to the southwest via the Colorado River and the Green River into the Gulf of California. Within the interior of the Rocky Mountains are several large parks which are high broad basins. In the north, on the east side of the Continental Divide is the North Park of Colorado; the North Park is drained by the North Platte River, which flows north into Nebraska. Just to the south of North Park, but on the western side of the Continental Divide, is the Middle Park of Colorado, drained by the Colorado River; the South Park of Colorado is the region of the headwaters of the South Platte River. In southmost Colorado is the large San Luis Valley, where the headwaters of the Rio Grande are located; the valley sits between the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and San Juan Mountains, consists of large desert lands that run into the mountains.
The Rio Grande drains due south into New Mexico and Texas. Across the Sangre de Cristo Range to the east of the S
Colorado Republican Party
The Colorado Republican Party is the state affiliate of the Republican Party in the U. S. state of Colorado. The party's headquarters is located in Colorado; the state party chair is U. S. Representative Ken Buck; the Colorado Republican Party follows many of the traditional views of the Republican Party and prides itself in applying the U. S. Constitution to the state of Colorado; the party believes in the right including unborn babies. They believe in personal responsibility thus, government should have a limited role in people's lives; this includes reducing the size of the government, reducing taxes and government spending. They support any public initiatives to expand the private sector to create jobs. Colorado Republicans support a strong national defense as well as, strengthening border security to prevent illegal immigration. On the issue of health care, the party believes that the people should have the right to choose their own healthcare and should not be forced to have healthcare; the party supports the Second Amendment right of individuals to keep and bear arms.
They support the proof of citizenship when registering to vote by requiring that a photo identification from a U. S. State, or local government source be presented to be allowed to vote; the party believes in local and federal policies to develop alternative energy solutions to reduce American dependence on foreign energy. In education the party supports the parents rights to choose the education for their children as well as abolishing the federal Department of Education and having education control returned to the states. After the 2018 elections, the Colorado Republican Party control none of the statewide offices and hold the minority in the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives. Republicans hold a 3-4 minority in the state's U. S. House delegation. Cory Gardner CO-03: Scott Tipton CO-04: Ken Buck CO-05: Doug Lamborn None Senate Minority Leader: Chris Holbert House Minority Leader: Patrick Neville Republican Party Political party strength in Colorado Colorado Republican Party
Vicki Marble is a Republican member of the State of Colorado's General Assembly. She is the Minority Caucus Chair. First elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2012 to a four-year term, Marble represents District 23, which runs North along the I-25 corridor. District 23 encompasses parts of Broomfield and Weld Counties; this includes Firestone, Mead, Erie, Longmont and Windsor, CO. Marble was raised in a ranching family that bred horses and livestock; as a child, she was involved in outdoor activities - her father was one of the founders of Kampgrounds of America during the early 1960s. Early in life, Marble became interested in agriculture, participated in the Pro Rodeo, she became a nationally ranked Pro Rodeo Barrel Racer. During her rodeo career, Marble raised two sons, one in prison, has managed her own businesses which went bankrupt in 2017, she has identified herself as a lesbian and active memeber of GLAAD. Prior to her legislative career, Marble served on the Larimer County Rural Land Use Board as well as the 8th Judicial District Performance Commission.
Marble owns and maintains two businesses in the bail bonds industry and a liquor store in the Fort Collins area. Marble has two sons, one a former U. S. Marine and the other is in prison. In 2016, incumbent Marble ran for reelection to the Colorado State Senate for Senate District 23, she was unopposed in the Republican primary, as was her Democratic opponent T. J. Cole. Marble will be term-limited in 2020 but able to run for another term in 2024. In the November General Election, Marble faced Democrat T. J. Cole, winning the election with 57.96% of the vote. In 2012, Marble ran for election to the Colorado State Senate for Senate District 23, her candidacy was endorsed by former U. S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, Ken Buck, Dick Morris, State Senator Tim Neville, former Senator Dave Schultheis, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. Marble soundly defeated former State Rep. Glen Vaad for the Republican primary nomination. In the November General Election, Marble faced Democrat Lee Kemp, winning the election with 56.20% of the vote.
Senator Marble is the Senate Minority Caucus Chair and is a member of the Veteran's and Military Affairs Committee and as a member of the Legislative Council Committee. In 2018, Senator Marble served as Senate Majority Caucus Chair, as the Chairman of the Senate State Veteran's and Military Affairs Committee and as a member of the Agriculture and the Legislative Council Committees, she was the prime sponsor of a wide variety of legislation, including agriculture related bills such as Senate Bill 239, concerning animal chiropractors, Senate Bill 205, concerning the regulation of industrial hemp. Another bill, Senate Bill 230, modified language in statute concerning "pooling orders" for oil and gas drilling and expanded protections for property owners, she sponsored a bill to update the election code, another that deals with regulation of toxicology labs. Each of these and more, were signed into law by the Governor. On August 21, 2013, at an Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force meeting at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver chaired by State Sen. John Kefalas, Marble ignited controversy and Democratic criticism when she gave a speech that included extensive comments on the eating habits of various minority groups.
"When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race: sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up, diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup and you just can’t help it," Marble said. "Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down south and you — I love it."Further, Marble commented that "Mexicans eat vegetables in Mexico but stop eating healthily when they immigrate to the United States." Fellow state legislator Rhonda Fields, an African-American and Democrat from Aurora, Colorado was present, criticized Marble's comments. "The title for this committee is the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. You mentioned what we eat — I was offended by your remarks," Fields said, addressing Marble directly. Marble released a statement clarifying her remarks: "My comments were not meant to be disparaging to any community," she said. "I am saddened. I take my responsibility and I hope our work on this committee will offer real solutions to the health and financial challenges of our vulnerable populations."The Denver Post editorial board described Marble's comments as, "... finger-lickin' stupid."In comments to the press, Ryan Call, former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party distanced the party from Marble's comments.
"Sen. Marble's careless comments do not reflect the views of Republicans," he said. A prominent pro-Republican and conservative political blog, Colorado Peak Politics, said, "Marble is the latest legislator to join what might be kindly dubbed the "legislative moron caucus" after an ignorant and offensive soliloquy about race and diet."In an interview with the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Marble remained "unapologetic". Vicki Marble’s Personal Website Official legislative website Colorado Senate GOP Website
Denver the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U. S. state of Colorado. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains; the Denver downtown district is east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River 12 mi east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is named after James W. Denver, a governor of the Kansas Territory, it is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is one mile above sea level; the 105th meridian west of Greenwich, the longitudinal reference for the Mountain Time Zone, passes directly through Denver Union Station. Denver is ranked as a Beta world city by World Cities Research Network. With an estimated population of 704,621 in 2017, Denver is the 19th-most populous U. S. city, with a 17.41% increase since the 2010 United States Census, it has been one of the fastest-growing major cities in the United States.
The 10-county Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area had an estimated 2017 population of 2,888,227 and is the 19th most populous U. S. metropolitan statistical area. The 12-city Denver-Aurora, CO Combined Statistical Area had an estimated 2017 population of 3,515,374 and is the 15th most populous U. S. metropolitan area. Denver is the most populous city of the 18-county Front Range Urban Corridor, an oblong urban region stretching across two states with an estimated 2017 population of 4,895,589. Denver is the most populous city within a 500-mile radius and the second-most populous city in the Mountain West after Phoenix, Arizona. In 2016, Denver was named the best place to live in the United States by U. S. News & World Report. In the summer of 1858, during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas established Montana City as a mining town on the banks of the South Platte River in what was western Kansas Territory; this was the first historical settlement in what was to become the city of Denver.
The site faded however, by the summer of 1859 it was abandoned in favor of Auraria and St. Charles City. On November 22, 1858, General William Larimer and Captain Jonathan Cox, both land speculators from eastern Kansas Territory, placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim on the bluff overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria, on the site of the existing townsite of St. Charles. Larimer named the townsite Denver City to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver. Larimer hoped the town's name would help make it the county seat of Arapaho County but, unbeknownst to him, Governor Denver had resigned from office; the location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park near downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new immigrants.
Denver City was a frontier town, with an economy based on servicing local miners with gambling, saloons and goods trading. In the early years, land parcels were traded for grubstakes or gambled away by miners in Auraria. In May 1859, Denver City residents donated 53 lots to the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express in order to secure the region's first overland wagon route. Offering daily service for "passengers, mail and gold", the Express reached Denver on a trail that trimmed westward travel time from twelve days to six. In 1863, Western Union furthered Denver's dominance of the region by choosing the city for its regional terminus; the Colorado Territory was created on February 28, 1861, Arapahoe County was formed on November 1, 1861, Denver City was incorporated on November 7, 1861. Denver City served as the Arapahoe County Seat from 1861 until consolidation in 1902. In 1867, Denver City became the acting territorial capital, in 1881 was chosen as the permanent state capital in a statewide ballot.
With its newfound importance, Denver City shortened its name to Denver. On August 1, 1876, Colorado was admitted to the Union. Although by the close of the 1860s, Denver residents could look with pride at their success establishing a vibrant supply and service center, the decision to route the nation's first transcontinental railroad through Cheyenne, rather than Denver, threatened the prosperity of the young town. A daunting 100 miles away, citizens mobilized to build a railroad to connect Denver to the transcontinental railroad. Spearheaded by visionary leaders including Territorial Governor John Evans, David Moffat, Walter Cheesman, fundraising began. Within three days, $300,000 had been raised, citizens were optimistic. Fundraising stalled before enough was raised, forcing these visionary leaders to take control of the debt-ridden railroad. Despite challenges, on June 24, 1870, citizens cheered as the Denver Pacific completed the link to the transcontinental railroad, ushering in a new age of prosperity for Denver.
Linked to the rest of the nation by rail, Denver prospered as a service and supply center. The young city grew during these years, attracting millionaires with their mansions, as well as the poverty and crime of a growing city. Denver citizens were proud when the rich chose Denver and were thrilled when Horace Tabor, the Leadville mining millionaire, built an impressive business block at 16th and Larimer as well as the el
Kerry Donovan is a Colorado State Senator representing Senate District 5. She represents Chaffee, Eagle, Hinsdale and Pitkin counties. Kerry Donovan is the Vice-Chair of the Senate Audit Committee, sits on the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, Energy Committee as well as the Senate Local Government Committee. Since assuming office in 2015, Senator Kerry Donovan has succeeded in her efforts to work beyond party lines while advocating for the Central Mountain Region of Colorado. Known in the Senate as being detail-oriented and a creative problem-solver, she has focused on advocating for public lands, bridging the rural-digital divide, leveling the playing field for all Coloradans, she was recognized as the 2015 Legislator of the Year by Colorado Community College System. Donovan and raised in Vail, attended the University of Notre Dame earning a Bachelor of Science, pre-professional degree with a focus on anthropology. Kerry runs her family ranch just up the road from Edwards; the Donovan family has owned Copper Bar Ranch since the early 1980s, although the land's history extends back to the Homestead Act.
The Copper Bar Ranch is a small business, focused on proven homesteading practices. Donovan raises Highland Cattle, has a number of garden plots that produce vegetables for area restaurants, a noisy flock of chickens, as well as horses and mules and lastly, her dog Gary, rounds out the ranch. Kerry has served a term on the Vail Town Council. While on town council, she has focused on conservation, historic character preservation, fiscal responsibility, economic growth, she was elected in 2009, as a top vote-getter, won a four-year term. She has served on various other town commissions and on other non-profit boards. Kerry volunteers for a variety of causes and groups, her main volunteer focus is a group called the Talon Crew, which consists of hundreds of people who volunteer to put on the world cup ski race in the Eagle Valley each winter. In 2015, Donovan was elected into the Colorado State Senate, she was assigned to Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee and the Senate Local Government committee.
State Senator Kerry Donovan stated on the Senate floor that all three of the County Commissioners, the Sheriff of Chaffee County wrote her a letter stating they were "not opposed" to HB2019-1177. She claimed that none of them were pursuing "Second Amendment Sanctuary Status"; the Sheriff has stated in public that Donovan misstated his position, that he is opposed to the bill, is interested in having Chaffee County pursue such status. Legislative website