Republicans are up in arms after a commission charged with redrawing state house districts picked Democratic maps. The Colorado Supreme Court originally rejected the commission's bi-partisan maps, saying they split up too many counties. KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.
Colorado has a new state Supreme Court Justice. Brian Boatright is starting his role this week. He previously served as a trial court judge in Jefferson County for more than a decade. He’s the fifth member of the seven member court appointed by a Democratic Governor, but Boatright is a Republican. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with Boatright to talk about his some of his toughest cases and what he hopes to bring to the job.
Newt Gingrich was in his 20s when he was hired at West Georgia College as a history professor. He had just returned from Belgium, where he was doing research for his doctoral dissertation.
"He was very much a person of intellect," says Mel Steeley, who taught history at the college for four decades and helped bring Gingrich to the school in 1970. "He would wander across campus and didn't notice people. He'd have something in his mind, always be thinking about something. When he first came, you kind of wondered if he was a student or a professor."