Ernest Luning

Management of water resources will impact Colorado’s economy and quality of life

The Colorado Statesman

Despite increasing pressures on Colorado’s fragile water supply in the coming decades, competing interests — cities, industries, agriculture, recreation and environmental groups — could all be satisfied if the state takes a smart approach to growth combined with revamping antiquated policies governing how the precious resource gets used.

Silent March against gun violence is ‘soleful’

The Colorado Statesman

Nearly 1,800 pairs of shoes filled the west steps of the State Capitol on Thursday, symbolic of the more than 7,000 Coloradans felled by gunfire in the years since the Columbine Massacre, said organizers of the so-called Silent March to bring attention to victims of gun violence.

Congress urged to follow Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama urged Congress to follow Colorado’s lead by enacting “common sense” proposals to reduce gun violence, including expanding background checks for all firearms sales, in a speech on Wednesday at the Denver Police Academy.

“If we’re really going to tackle this problem seriously, then we’ve got to get Congress to take the next step,” Obama said. “As soon as next week, they will be voting. As soon as next week, every senator will get to vote on whether or not we should require background checks for anyone who wants to purchase a gun.”

SoS Gessler sues to overturn ethics plank

Amendment 41 authors cry foul
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is asking a court to overturn a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution because, he charges in court filings, its wording is “unconstitutionally vague” and denies due process rights to those targeted by a state ethics panel, including Gessler himself.

State GOP Chair Call views Sen. Udall’s hefty fundraising as a sign of weakness

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall raised upwards of $1.5 million for his reelection bid in the first quarter of 2013, his campaign announced on Monday. The Eldorado Springs Democrat — who has yet to draw a Republican opponent for next year’s election — will report “over $2.5 million” cash on hand, a Udall spokesman said, adding that checks were still arriving in the mail on the day after the fundraising period had closed.

Civil unions legislation signed into law; third time is a charm

The Colorado Statesman

For Denver couple Fran and Anna Simon, it was the end of one particular journey that began on Valentine’s Day two years ago, when the Colorado Civil Union Act was first introduced in the legislature. The couple appeared at rally after rally, committee hearing after com-mittee hearing, each time bearing a tall stack of documents they said had taken hundreds of hours and cost thousands of dollars in order to put into place some of the rights enjoyed by married couples in Colorado.

Death penalty repeal killed

The Colorado Statesman

Two Democrats joined every Republican on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to put the brakes on a proposed death penalty repeal after Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had earlier hinted that he might veto the legislation.

“In my heart, this is absolutely the right thing to do. I know we should repeal the death penalty,” said Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, before explaining that Hickenlooper’s publicly stated reservations had prompted her to “very regretfully be a no vote” on the measure.

Gessler announces for reelection as secretary of state

The Colorado Statesman

Secretary of State Scott Gessler says the stakes couldn’t be higher in his bid for a second term as Colorado’s top elections officer. The Republican — he affectionately embraces the nickname “honey badger,” because he says he’s always willing to keep fighting — officially launched his campaign for the 2014 election at a fundraiser in Byers last Thursday.

Death penalty repeal measure now in limbo

The Colorado Statesman

A House committee on Wednesday delayed action on a proposal to ask Colorado voters whether to repeal the state’s death penalty. The move comes on the heels of nine hours of emotional testimony heard by another House committee the night before on a rival measure that would abolish the death penalty outright.

‘Standing up for the right of people to love who they choose’

The Colorado Statesman

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado celebrated a big legal win and bestowed awards on a pioneering transgendered woman who recently retired from the attorney general’s office and on a rookie state senator at a gala fundraiser for its legal arm last Thursday in Denver.

More than 100 revelers packed the Center’s Legal and Advocacy Program’s annual Jokers, Jewels & Justice party at the Grant-Humphreys mansion for a night of casino-style games, but before the festivities got under way officials marked the occasion.