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Supreme Court sends TABOR challenge back to appeals court

The Colorado Statesman

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sent a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights back to an appeals court for review. The high court first granted a petition to hear the lawsuit, then vacated an earlier judgment handed down by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then remanded the case back for reconsideration in light of Monday’s ruling in an Arizona case that involved the power of state governments.

Guest Commentary

Moreno: Why millennials matter in politics

Guest Contributor

I turned 30 this year, which makes me still the youngest member of the Colorado General Assembly. But I am one of the elders of the generation known as Millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000.

Millennials are a powerful demographic. We are the largest generation in the history of the United States. We will include more than a third of adult Americans by 2020, and we will make up as much as three-quarters of the U.S. workforce by 2025.

Guest Commentary

Marijuana ruling displays cracks in the legal system

Guest Contributor

Here we go again. Another court decision favoring businesses over human rights. Sadly, it is no shock that the Supreme Court is friendlier to business more than anything or anyone else. From its 2010 Citizens United blunder that allowed even greater corporate influence on our political process to the 2014 Hobby Lobby case affirming the “religious beliefs” of private corporations, the court’s continual siding with corporate entities over individual rights is maddening and ludicrous, but not surprising. Now, we learn that the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled in favor of employers in a case that addressed whether persons with lawful medical marijuana cards can be fired for testing positive for the substance.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Sanders is right, let’s focus on small campaign donors

Editor:

In response to the piece discussing Senator Bernie Sanders’ trip to Colorado, seeing that Sanders demands to remove big money — Super PACs, large donations — from politics is a big step towards the principal of one person, one vote.

Guest Columnist

Earley: The microphone belongs to the people in Jeffco

Guest Contributor

There is no question that Lisa Pinto's short tenure as chief communications officer for Jeffco Public Schools was troubled from the start.

Fields, Ryden running in primary for SD 29 seat

The Colorado Statesman

With Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, leaving the chamber in 2016 due to term limits, two state representatives are set to square off for the Democratic nomination to take her place representing Senate District 29.

State Reps. Su Ryden and Rhonda Fields, both Aurora Democrats, have announced their candidacies for the seat. Fields held her kick off event on June 13 and Ryden is holding hers on Sunday.

Sanders crowds could mean momentum, might just mean voters aren't settled yet

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's recent trip to Denver left the campaign buoyed by the buzz generated from the lively and overflowing crowd that came to hear him speak.

“There was tremendous enthusiasm at that event,” said Harlin Savage, a Sanders campaign media coordinator. “I was even surprised.”

But political analysts think the Sanders campaign ought to curb its enthusiasm.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Deepest condolences from Denver GOP

Editor:

The senseless tragedy we witnessed this week at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., is an indication that hate derived from racism is still a problem in the United States. We have made great strides in our country, but we still have a long way to go.

Sanders rocks Denver crowd, calls for ‘political revolution’

The Colardo Statesman

Neil Young's music was blasting inside the University of Denver on Saturday night — but he wasn't the rock star the frenzied crowd had come to hear.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders electrified supporters with a fiery, populist message that resonated with the thousands that packed DU's Hamilton Gymnasium.

Not long after stepping up to the podium to Young's “Rockin' in the Free World” — and to chants of “Bernie, Bernie!” — the Vermont senator took aim at a national economic system that he feels benefits the rich and leaves the poor and middle-class behind.

News from Yesteryear

Gore wows donors and delegates, Jabs blasts JOA, Shavano Institute gets new name

The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Vice President Al Gore took the state “by storm” in a two-day presidential campaign visit that kicked off with a $200,000 fundraiser at a Cherry Hills Village home. Denver Mayor Wellington Webb introduced the veep and sang the praises of the Gore-Clinton administration, as some wags were calling it, owing to the nearly daily upward revision of Gore’s importance and influence.