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CLARIFICATION: March 20, 2015 Yesteryear

While The Statesman reported in the March 20 Yesteryear, 10 years ago that Republican Sam Zakhem said he was running for Republican National Committeeman, in part, because he objected to a letter sent out by former U.S. Rep. Bob Schaffer taking fellow Republican state Rep. Ramey Johnson to task over a vote against school vouchers, the letter didn’t urge voters to opt for Johnson’s Democratic opponent.

Yesteryear: A stroll down politics' memory lane

Looking back: Final Four to civil rights march
The Colorado Statesman

Twenty-five years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Precinct caucuses were approaching, but attendance at the neighborhood gatherings would be vying against feverish interest in the NCAA Final Four championship games set for the same night in Denver. Although scalpers were demanding upwards of $2,500 for seats, “A lot of people still think they are miraculously going to get tickets,” said Arapahoe County Democratic chair Gale Drexler.

TABOR refund likely to go to voters

The Colorado Statesman

Budget writers this week finished their work on the annual state budget and turned their attention to what to do about a $58 million projected TABOR refund.

Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, took the lead on coming up with a proposal for the Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday.

The $58 million refund was triggered by tax revenue received by the state through excise and sales taxes on marijuana, and which pushed the state over its allowable TABOR revenue cap.


Don’t doubt this “honest” critique

The Colorado Statesman

Merchants of Doubt
A documentary about how corporate interests cloud public health and environmental issues by creating doubts about scientific findings through the use of pundits and those claiming to be scientists; directed by Robert Kenner
An Honest Liar
A documentary about James “The Amazing” Randi, an illusionist who became a celebrated skeptic and debunker of paranormal and other pseudo-scientific claims; directed by Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein

Williams celebrates bill with puffs

The Colorado Statesman

Thursday was a good day for tobacco distributors in Colorado, or at least a step in the right direction. Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, presented her bill, HB-1301, to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. The bill known as the “Cigar Online Sales Equalization Act” would permit distributors to claim a credit for taxes they currently have to pay to ship to out-of-state consumers.

Photo: Hickenlooper signs legislature's biggest microscopic issue

The Colorado Statesman
Gov. John Hickenlooper gets close and personal with a jar of microbeads, brought to him by House Bill 15-1144 sponsor Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora. Hickenlooper signed HB 1144 into law on March 26.

Diminished felony DUI bill moves forward

The Colorado Statesman

A somewhat diminished DUI felony bill (HB-1043), sponsored by Lori Saine, R-Weld, and Beth McCann, D-Denver, passed unanimously out of the House Finance Committee this week. Colorado is one of only four states where DUIs remain a misdemeanor no matter how many times an offender has been detained. It nearly defies belief, but there are apparently many Colorado drivers with 20 or more DUI arrests. For more than a decade bipartisan sponsors have attempted to impose mandatory prison sentences on these scofflaws.

Jared Polis has just two words for VA's Glenn Haggstrom

Candidate for Press Release of the Year Award?
The Colorado Statesman

In perhaps a moment of uncommon brevity for an elected official, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-CD2, had just two words to say to Glenn Haggstrom, the embattled construction executive for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, who today announced his resignation from the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction. On Haggstrom's watch, the new VA medical center in Aurora recently shocked many with its projected price tag for completion of $1.7 billion — more than two times higher than the project's initial $800 million budget.

Coffman turns 60, braces for new challenge ahead

The Colardo Statesman

Declaring that “60 is the new 40,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman welcomed some 150 guests to his birthday party on Saturday at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. “I hope that’s true, I really hope that’s true,” he said with a smile before dropping to the floor and doing 100 pushups at the urging of the crowd.

Calendar: March 27, 2015


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