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Opt out supporters claim calendar manipulation

The Colorado Statesman

Sponsors of a student assessment opt out bill are worried not only about a veto by Gov. John Hickenlooper, they fret that lawmakers won't have an opportunity to override the possible action.

That's because Senate Bill 223 won't receive a hearing in the House Education Committee until April 27, less than two weeks before the Legislature adjourns.

That gives the House plenty of time to pass the measure, but past the deadline for a vote to override a potential veto from the governor. April 24 is the deadline for any bill that passes the General Assembly to receive a veto override vote.

A 30-round compromise?

By Sen. Chris Holbert

Editor's Note: Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, is contributing a column to this week's print edition. The Colorado Statesman is publishing the column in serial form online this week.

Sagebrush rebellion rekindled in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s legislature has jumped into the middle of the West’s renewed Sagebrush rebellion, with the state Senate this week debating whether Colorado should take a bigger hand in managing its federally-owned public lands.

But opponents fear what that would mean for everyone who uses them.

One year ago, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy squared off against agents of the federal Bureau of Land Management. Bundy refused to pay about $1 million in grazing fees for his cattle to graze on public land, fees that had accrued over a 20-year period.

Bi-partisan work on the Second Amendment

By Sen. Chris Holbert

Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, is contributing a column to this week's print edition. The Colorado Statesman is publishing the column in serial form online this week.

Local policymakers call on Rep. Polis to retract support for fast-tracking Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Colorado Statesman

A group of 13 elected officials from Boulder, Longmont and Fort Collins has sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, asking him to oppose expedited Congressional approval for the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

The policymakers, worried the TPP deal would undermine local control, announced their action at a press conference organized by the consumer rights advocacy group Food & Water Watch in Boulder on Friday.

Final budget is on governor's desk

The Colorado Statesman

It’s now up to Gov. John Hickenlooper to give his final say on the 2015-16 state budget.

The $26.4 billion budget, as contained in Senate Bill 15-234, got its final approval from the Senate Friday. The vote was to accept the compromise version proposed by the Joint Budget Committee, acting as the bill’s conference committee. The budget was re-passed on a 31-2 vote, with Sens. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder and Matt Jones, D-Louisville, voting no. The House had voted on the compromise on Thursday, re-passing the bill on a 45-20 vote.

CHATTER

Brown, Kopel trade insults over gun measure

The war of words over gun control escalated on Friday between two conservative titans who are staking out starkly opposed stances.

“A New Birth of Freedom”

By Sen. Chris Holbert

Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, is contributing a column to this week's print edition. The Colorado Statesman is publishing the column in serial form online this week.

Wayne Williams a contrast to former SOS

The Colorado Statesman

Three months after being sworn in, Secretary of State Wayne Williams has mostly stayed out of the news, and that’s the way he likes it.

CU Regents reject fossil-fuel divestment over objections of student activists

The Colorado Statesman

This was a tough week for Fossil Free CU, the University of Colorado’s pro-divestment student group. First its protest camp on Boulder’s Norlin Quad was snowed out, and then the Board of Regents voted against divesting the endowment from oil, natural gas and coal.

The board rejected calls for divestment in a 7-2 vote at Thursday’s meeting, citing state law and university policy that require the prudent and non-political investment of public funds. Minutes later, the board voted down a motion from Regent Linda Shoemaker to create a sustainable investment advisory committee.