Richard Lamm
American politician
Richard Lamm
Richard Douglas "Dick" Lamm is an American politician, Certified Public Accountant, college professor, and lawyer. He served three terms as 38th Governor of Colorado as a Democrat (1975–1987) and ran for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in 1996. He is currently the Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver
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Communicating through Change, Challenge, and Chaos: The Education of Tom Strickland
Huffington Post - 6 months
By Nathan Brushchi, Harvard Business School Class of 2018 & Harbus Contributing Writer What do brands like Target, Theranos, UnitedHealth, and Vanderbilt University have in common with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Columbine High School Massacre? All were the subjects of intense press coverage, and in each case the man brought in to weather the media maelstrom was Tom Strickland. A lawyer by training, Strickland served in the Obama Administration's Department of the Interior as Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. There he worked to reform a department mired by scandals, both ethical and political. He also managed the department's crisis response during one of the most challenging and publicized ecological disasters in U.S. history: the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. Now back in private law practice as a partner at WilmerHale, Strickland is much sought after for his expertise in crisis management by organizations that find themselve ...
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Michele Swenson: Pete Peterson's Fix the Debt CEOs Promote Austerity for the Masses, Expanding Wealth for the 1 Percent
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The False Economic Dialogue The Center for Media and Democracy has published an extended report of Pete Peterson's decades-long efforts to leverage his billionaire status to underwrite numerous organizations and PR campaigns intent on slashing Social Security and Medicare, under the pretense of concern for "unsustainable" federal budget deficits, even as he and fellow CEOs promote ever greater corporate tax cuts. Fix the Debt is the most recent incarnation of the Pete Peterson machine seeking imposition of austerity on the masses, ostensibly to address economic downturn. Fix the Debt CEO Talking Points (see first Footnote) mask their ambition to privatize Medicare and Social Security while feigning to seek to "improve efficiency" of Medicare and Medicaid, and to make Social Security "solvent... for future beneficiaries." Their third agenda item is implementation of "pro-growth tax reform" that "lowers rates, raises revenues, and reduces the deficit" (italics mine) -- vir ...
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Styrofoam Marionettes Used At City Hall To Protest Lunch Trays In NYC Schools
CBS New York - almost 5 years
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Giant styrofoam marionettes were used at City Hall on Monday to protest the use of the material in New York City school lunch trays, WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reported. WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb On The Story The protest was run by the organization “S.O.S.,” or Styrofoam Out of Schools. “We serve 850,000 meals per day in New York City schools. Over the past 20 years, we’ve been using styrofoam. That’s three billion trays,” the group’s Debby Lee Cohen told Lamb. A styrofoam marionette at City Hall - New York, NY - May 1, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880) Cohen praised the city’s Department of Education for eliminating Styrofoam trays on Tuesdays, when paper boats are used, but insisted that more must be done. “We have 1.1 million students. We tell them in the classroom ‘Recycle. Recycle. Recycle.’ And then they go to lunch and we hand them a styrofoam tray and say ‘Just throw it away,’” Cohen said. “It’s time for a change in New York City. There are recycla ...
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Martinez steps down from state high court - Pueblo Chieftain
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Lamm to the Pueblo County Court bench in 1983. Five years later Gov. Roy Romer appointed him to the district court bench in Pueblo. “I went to Pueblo and stayed for 18 years,” Martinez said. “I went there on a temporary assignment and just got
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Hancock names Martinez Denver's newest safety manager -
Google News - over 5 years
He began is judicial career as a deputy state public defender and in 1983, Martinez was appointed by then-Governor Richard Lamm to the bench Pueblo County Court. In 1988, he was appointed to the Tenth Judicial District Court by Romer
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Those Were the Days - Eagle Valley Enterprise
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Lamm was scheduled as the keynote speaker for the 11th annual Vail Symposium. Louisa's beat Eagle Liquors twice to take the 1981 Eagle Men's Softball Tournament title. Louisa's had tied with Happy Hanger to take third place during the regular
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Google News - over 5 years
A few visionaries like Tom Tancredo, Dr. Albert Bartlett, former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, Dr. John Tanton, Roy Beck, Barbara Coe, Dr. Diana Hull, Lester Brown and a growing army of Americans do understand, however, the power elites drag their
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Editor's corner: Do 'important people' deserve extra respect - The Herald Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Lamm that caused quite a ruckus. Lamm became angry and threw what some called a tantrum one day when news reporters failed to stand for his entrance at a routine news conference. He believed the governor of a state deserved more respect than
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Group calls for ending oil subsidies - Pueblo Chieftain
Google News - almost 6 years
Its board of directors and advisers includes former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm and former US Rep. Claudine Schneider, RR.I. "We are non-partisan and try to have both a Republican and Democrat sponsor any legislation we are supporting," Lancelot said
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Richard McLean, former Boulder mayor and judge, dies - Daily Camera
Google News - almost 6 years
Richard Lamm and remained on the bench until he retired in 1996. "He had a public service spirit and a public service dedication," Wright said. "He gave up a lucrative practice to go on the bench." McLean was occasionally controversial as a judge
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A look at the Council races - Denver Daily News
Google News - almost 6 years
Richard Lamm during his presidential primary against Ross Perot. She left politics for the private sector, working in sports marketing for 10 years, five of which were for Kroneke Sports Enterprises. “I am not beholden to the establishment,” she said
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Richard Lumm Roofer
Bucks Free Press - over 6 years
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Bitter Division For Sierra Club On Immigration
NYTimes - almost 13 years
The leadership of the Sierra Club, the landmark environmental organization, is enmeshed in a bitter struggle over whether to advocate tough immigration restrictions as a way to control environmental damage that has been associated with rapid population growth. The debate is unusual in its intensity, even for an organization whose fractious disputes
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Perot's Breather for Reform Party Is Giving Way to Discord
NYTimes - over 20 years
When Ross Perot conceded on Election Day, he urged supporters of his Reform Party Presidential bid to take a well-deserved rest and recharge their batteries for 1997. Now, just two weeks after President Clinton's re-election, Mr. Perot and others in the party are feuding over its direction and leadership. The post-election skirmishing intensified
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Perot Is Given No Sympathy Over Debates
NYTimes - over 20 years
When Ross Perot fumes that ''two registered puppies'' are shutting ''this cur dog'' out of the Presidential debates, some people here remember that two months ago it was Mr. Perot who was keeping an underdog out of televised debates. On July 20, Richard D. Lamm, the former Governor of Colorado, challenged Mr. Perot to participate in three debates
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Former Rival Won't Back Perot's Race For President
NYTimes - over 20 years
Richard D. Lamm, the former Colorado Governor who failed to take the Reform Party's Presidential nomination from Ross Perot, announced today that he would not endorse Mr. Perot or any other Presidential candidate this year. Mr. Lamm said he hoped to campaign for Reform Party candidates for other offices, but he refused to explain why he would not
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Ex-Candidate to Stay True to Party
NYTimes - over 20 years
Professor Lamm spent his summer vacation running for President. Back on campus as practically a national household name, the failed Reform Party candidate vowed today to keep battling to break the two-party monopoly on American politics. ''There is a reform movement building in the U.S. that is far bigger than Ross Perot,'' the professor, Richard
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Remarks by Lamm to Reform Party Convention in Valley Forge
NYTimes - over 20 years
Following are remarks yesterday by Richard D. Lamm, the former Governor of Colorado, at the Reform Party National Convention in Valley Forge, Pa., as transcribed by the Federal Document Clearing House: I went to Los Angeles 78 days ago to make a speech. It's been like riding a tiger ever since. It's been like drinking out of a fire hydrant. But I
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Lamm
  • 2011
    Age 75
    During a 2011 interview, Lamm clarified that he believes "legal immigration has been good for America.
    More Details Hide Details The success of Silicon Valley shows we need entrepreneurial immigrants with skills to bring to our country!” Lamm serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and on the Board of Directors of the Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America (DASA). He is the Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver. He authored a book, The Brave New World of Health Care, a criticism of current United States health care policies and proposals for reforming them. (Fulcrum Publishing, ISBN 1-55591-510-8) Lamm also served on the board of directors of American Water Development Inc, along with, among others, Maurice Strong, Samuel Belzberg, Alexander Crutchfield and William Ruckelshaus.
  • 2006
    Age 70
    In 2006, he gave a controversial speech on the theme of his recently released book, Two Wands, One Nation, advocating that black and Hispanic Americans embrace "Japanese or Jewish values".
    More Details Hide Details The essay was strongly criticised by some blacks and Hispanics. Dick Lamm currently sits on the board of directors for the Energy Literacy Advocates. "My sixth point for America’s downfall would be to include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other—that is when they are not killing each other." – How to Destroy America "The U.S. economy will be debt-ridden, with structural unemployment nearing 20 percent. The U.S. will have the lowest percentage of capital investment and lowest growth in productivity and savings of any major industrialized country. The middle class will be wiped out by these inter-related economic predicaments. … The U.S. has the most expensive and inefficient health-care system in the world." – Megatraumas: America at the Year 2000
  • 2005
    Age 69
    In 2005, a 2004 speech by Lamm titled "I Have a Plan to Destroy America," became famous after being frequently forwarded as an email; in it he criticizes multiculturalism.
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  • 2004
    Age 68
    In 2004 Lamm unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club.
    More Details Hide Details He urged that the Sierra Club advocate immigration controls as a way to limit environmental degradation due to population growth.
  • 2000
    Age 64
    A voluminous writer, Lamm's other works include Population and the Law (1972), Some Reflections on the Balkanization of America (1978), Megatraumas: America at the Year 2000 (1980), Energy Activities in the West (1980), The Angry West: A Vulnerable Land and Its Future (1982), Campaign for Quality: An Education Agenda for the 80's (1983), Pioneers and Politicians: Ten Colorado Governors in Profile (1984), Copernican Politics (1984), The American West: A poem (1985), Immigration Time Bomb: The Fragmenting of America (1985), The Lamm Administration: A Retrospective (1986), California Conspiracy (1988), Hard Choices (1989), Crisis: The Uncompetitive Society (1989), The fall and Rise of the American Economy (1989), Indicators of Decline: An article from The Futurist (1993), The Supply Factor in Health Care Cost Containment (1993), The Ethics of Excess: An article from The Hastings Center Report (1994), Health Care Workforce Reform.: An article from State Legislatures (1994), The West at Risk (1994), Futurizing America's Institutions.: An article from The Futurist (1996), The price of Modern Medicine (1997), Mountains of Colorado (1999), Government does, indeed, ration health care: An article from State Legislatures (1999), Redrawing the Ethics Map.: An article from The Hastings Center Report (1999), Vision for a Compassionate and Affordable Health System (2001), Brave New World of Health Care (2003), The Brave New World of Health Care (2004), The Challenge of an Aging Society: The Future of U.S. Health Care (2005), Two Wands, One Nation: An Essay on Race and Community in America (2006) and Condition Critical: A New Moral Vision of Health Care (2007).
    More Details Hide Details After leaving office, Lamm has continued to speak publicly on environmental, immigration reduction, and health care issues.
  • 1996
    Age 60
    The main character bore a number of similarities to Lamm himself, in his stated political positions, his background as a Democratic governor, as well as presaging Lamm's own unsuccessful run for the Reform Party nomination in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details However, the main character in 1988 was also portrayed as a pawn of an international conspiracy to capture the White House.
    On July 9, 1996, he formally announced his intention to run for the nomination of the Reform Party for the U.S. Presidency.
    More Details Hide Details Less than 48 hours after Lamm announced his candidacy, Ross Perot, who built the Reform Party from his United We Stand America organization, said he would run as the Reform Party nominee if drafted. In early August, Lamm picked former California Republican congressman Ed Zschau, a high-tech millionaire and proven fund-raiser, to be his running mate on the presidential ticket. Ultimately, however, Perot won 65.2 percent of the 49,266 votes cast by party members nationwide, Lamm winning just 34.8 percent.
    In 1996 Lamm, while noting that he was still a registered Democrat, criticized both his own Democratic Party and the Republican Party, saying "I think both political parties are controlled by special interest money, and I've had enough of it." and "The Democrats are too close to the trial lawyers and the National Education Association.
    More Details Hide Details The Republicans are too close to the radical right."
    He served three terms as 38th Governor of Colorado as a Democrat (1975 - 1987) and ran for the Reform Party's nomination for President of the United States in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He is currently the Co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver. Richard Douglas Lamm was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he majored in accounting. Lamm spent his college summers working as a lumberjack in Oregon, a stockboy in New York, and helping out on an ore boat.
  • 1992
    Age 56
    In 1992 he ran for the U.S. Senate but suffered his first political defeat.
    More Details Hide Details Ben Nighthorse Campbell beat him in the Democratic primary and went on to win the seat. (Nighthorse Campbell later switched to the Republican Party.)
  • 1990
    Age 54
    In 1990, state party leaders tried to get Lamm to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen.
    More Details Hide Details Tim Wirth, also a Democrat, but Lamm declined.
  • 1987
    Age 51
    Lamm was elected Colorado governor three times. When he left office in 1987 after three terms and twelve years in the office, he was the longest-serving governor in state history (his successor, Roy Romer, matched this record).
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  • 1985
    Age 49
    In 1985, while still in the governor's office, he tried his hand as a novelist. The resulting novel, 1988, was a story about a former Democratic governor of Texas running for U.S. President on a populist, third-party ticket, declaring himself a "progressive conservative."
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  • 1984
    Age 48
    In 1984, his outspoken statements in support of physician-assisted suicide generated controversy, specifically over his use of the phrase "we have a duty to die."
    More Details Hide Details Lamm later explained that he "was essentially raising a general statement about the human condition, not beating up on the elderly," and that the exact phrasing in the speech was "We've got a duty to die and get out of the way with all of our machines and artificial hearts and everything else like that and let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life." His dire predictions for the future of social security and health care ("duty to die") earned him the nickname "Governor Gloom".
  • 1974
    Age 38
    Lamm ran for Governor of Colorado in 1974 on a platform to limit growth, and was elected.
    More Details Hide Details Reacting to the high cost of campaigning, he had walked the state in his campaign. One of his acts as governor was designating musician John Denver as the Poet Laureate of Colorado. As candidate and then governor, Lamm promised for environmental reasons to "drive a silver stake" through plans to build Interstate 470, a proposed circumferential highway around the southwest part of the Denver Metropolitan Area. However, continued development in the area led to increased congestion on surface streets, and the highway was later built, largely with state funds, as State Highway 470.
    Lamm was selected as one of Time Magazine's "200 Young Leaders of America" in 1974, and won the Christian Science Monitor "Peace 2020" essay in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details In 1992, he was honored by the Denver Post and Historic Denver, Inc. as one of the "Colorado 100" - people who made significant contributions to Colorado and made lasting impressions on the state's history. Lamm was the recipient of the 1993 Humanist of the Year award from the American Humanist Association. He was Chairman of the Pew Health Professions Commission and a public member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
  • 1972
    Age 36
    In 1972, as a member of the Colorado General Assembly, Lamm led the movement against Denver's hosting of the 1976 Winter Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details Denver had already been awarded the games, but the movement succeeded in cutting off public funding for the games, forcing the city to cancel its hosting. Innsbruck, Austria replaced Denver as the host. Lamm's successful effort made him known statewide.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    In 1967, he drafted and succeeded in passing the nation's first liberalized abortion law.
    More Details Hide Details He was an early leader of the environmental movement, and was President of the First National Conference on Population and the Environment.
  • 1964
    Age 28
    In 1964 he was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat from an affluent district near the University of Denver.
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  • 1961
    Age 25
    Lamm attended law school at the University of California, graduated in 1961, then moved to Denver in 1962, where he worked as an accountant and then set up a law practice.
    More Details Hide Details Lamm took to the Colorado lifestyle, becoming an avid skier, mountain climber, hiker, and member of the Colorado Mountain Club. He joined the faculty of the University of Denver in 1969 and has been associated with the University ever since. Since 1963 he has been married to "Dottie" Lamm, a former airline flight attendant and newspaper columnist. In 1998 she won the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Colorado, but lost in the general election to incumbent Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
  • 1958
    Age 22
    From 1958-1960 Lamm lived in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Berkeley, holding jobs as an accountant, tax clerk and a law clerk.
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  • 1957
    Age 21
    Lamm graduated from college in 1957, then served one year of active duty as a first lieutenant in the United States Army at Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Eustis in Virginia until switching to reserve duty in 1958.
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  • 1935
    Born on September 12, 1935.
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