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Remembering the Fallen

The Colorado Statesman

Wearing a red shirt declaring that she is among the “Proud Colorado Marine Moms,” Julie Taylor sat near the back of the POF Hall on Saturday in Denver among hundreds of friends, family members and fellow veterans and service members who gathered to remember the fallen for Memorial Day.

New rules to save bird ruffles feathers

The Colorado Statesman

New federal land use regulations to protect a threatened bird species were met with mixed reviews on Thursday, as environmentalists praised the new rules while the oil and gas industry expressed concerns about potential economic impacts from drilling restrictions.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced new protections for the greater sage grouse, a spiky-feathered and animated bird that inhabits western Colorado and other Western states. The species has dwindled in numbers over the years due in part to energy and mining development.

Hick, Gardner talk energy future

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper told a crowd of energy industry and civic leaders on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect restrictions on hydraulic fracturing and drilling to reach the ballot next year. The former geologist contended that enthusiasm for anti-fracking measures has ebbed since a year ago, when ballot measures were at the center of hotly contested political fights.

“There will be proposals,” he said, “but I don’t think there’ll be something funded to a significant extent. I don’t expect there to be something that’ll get on the ballot.”

Friends, foes weigh in on immigration ruling

The Colorado Statesman

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that an injunction will stand against President Barack Obama’s sweeping executive actions on immigration reform. While the decision was made 1,300 miles away from Denver in the historic John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court Building in New Orleans, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in the case, State of Texas, et al v. USA, et al, provoked immediate response from Colorado and national decision-makers and activists.

This week's political cartoon

'King Chaffetz and the Gyrocopter Peasant'

The Colorado Statesman

Thoughtful, visual, political commentary or un-artful trash? You be the judge with this week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "King Chaffetz and the Gyrocopter Peasant."


Federal term limits get kibosh, Duke recall fizzles over fears

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arkansas law that put term limits on members of Congress, bringing to a screeching halt — at least for the time being — the principle at the federal level, five years after Colorado had launched the grassroots movement. Since former state Sen. Terry Considine, R-Englewood, started things rolling with a ballot initiative, 24 states had enacted similar laws.

Ellen Roberts’ two-front abortion politics war

The Colorado Statesman

The potential U.S. Senate candidacy of a Durango lawmaker could pose a problem for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016 — if she can survive her own party’s primary, according to a veteran political analyst.

And if Republican state Sen. Ellen Roberts does jump in the race, it’s already become apparent that she’ll have to deal with abortion politics from both sides of the political divide.

Medicaid director: Cost of care is down

Advocacy Denver

Over 1 million Coloradans are now receiving their medical care through enrollment in the Medicaid program. That figure represents 20 percent of the state’s population. In an interview with Catherine Strode, the director of Medicaid, Gretchen Hammer, explains how the cost of care is being contained with the rising enrollment rates.

CS: How is the Medicaid expansion impacting enrollment and costs?

Sen. Bill Cadman: Coloradans well-served by session’s work


“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

I’ve thought often of that maxim while reading bleacher seat critiques of the 2015 legislative session, given how they differ from what I saw, and where I sit, as one leader of the Republican effort. So let me share my own (admittedly-insider) perspective on how things went, as a corrective to some of the distorted end-of-session reviews I’ve seen.

Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst: Session was successful, not ‘do-nothing’


Now that the dust has settled a bit, we have a clearer view of what we accomplished in the Colorado General Assembly in the 2015 session. I’d like to begin this retrospective by dispelling the notion that this was a do-nothing legislative session. Contrary to the pundits who have been arguing since Opening Day that the Republicans who control the Senate and the Democrats who control the House would cancel each other out, we actually got some important things done with strong bipartisan support.