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The Denver Rustlers, 2015

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This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "The Denver Rustlers 2015."

Supreme Court to hear avalanche death case at East High School

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court will go back to school this month to decide a case with potentially far-reaching implications for the state’s $3 billion-a-year ski industry.

As part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s “Courts in the Community” program, justices will consider oral arguments at Denver’s East High School on Sept. 29 in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a skier killed in an inbounds avalanche at Winter Park on Jan. 22, 2012.

National Western expansion campaign raises bucks, says voters support measure

The Colorado Statesman

The effort to urge Denver voters to extend a tourism tax to pay for an overhaul of the National Western Complex is heading to victory, backers said at a fundraiser for the “Smart Deal for Denver” campaign on Tuesday at a River North nightclub.

“I believe we are in the midst of a transformative moment in our city’s history, one in which I want to be able to reflect on 10, 15 years from now and say we were able to do some good stuff,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, thanking the roughly 100 who crowded the EXDO Event Center to support the campaign.

Pot industry wants social-use policy ‘done right,’ glad measure off ballot

The Colorado Statesman

The demise last week of a Denver ballot measure to allow smoking marijuana in public settings wasn’t exactly the worse news the industry could ask for.

It turns out that some industry insiders were less than enthusiastic about what they saw as potential unintended consequences of the proposed measure.

Guest Commentary

Hamilton: Short-sighted politicians are failing us on the economy

Guest Contributor

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

Federal spending accounts for about 20 percent of the nation’s GDP, the budget analysts note; if current trends continue, that will rise to fully 25 percent by 2040. Revenues will not keep up — they’ll amount to only 19 percent of GDP.


Andrews leaving Centennial Institute, Haynes to head Denver Parks & Rec

Andrews to step down at Centennial Institute

Former Senate President John Andrews is retiring as director of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute before the end of the year, CCU President Bill Armstrong announced in a statement this week.

The institute is the university’s conservative-leaning think tank and sponsor of the annual Western Conservative Summit, which this summer drew thousands of attendees and many of the top Republican presidential candidates.

Guest Commentary

George: Orange is not the new black when it comes to toxic spills

Guest Contributor

In 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper bragged to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy that he drank fracking fluid with oil and gas industry representatives in his office. Days after the Animas River spill, our enterprising governor, shockingly, drank from the river. But the governor’s well-publicized stunt drinks don’t fool the public: there’s no place for toxic spills in our waterways.


Jeb! names Owens, Stapleton as chairs

As the Summer of Trump draws to a close, former Florida Gov. Jeb! Bush, the once and future frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination — according to plenty of pundits, at least — announced his state campaign co-chairs and steering committee.

Former Gov. Bill Owens and State Treasurer Walker Stapleton will be heading the Jeb! campaign, helping promote the candidate’s message of cutting taxes in Florida and bringing opportunity to Colorado, his campaign said.

State’s efforts to boost services for young children paying off

The Colorado Statesman

Imagine a place — a community, a county, a state – where every child walks into the classroom on the first day of kindergarten ready to learn. It doesn’t matter if the child comes from a low-income family, a family led by a single parent, or it’s a child with developmental or other needs that could hinder learning.

That’s what the people involved with the Early Childhood Colorado Framework to see in the not-too-distant future.

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Death penalty needs debate

The Colorado Statesman

The outcomes in the Aurora Theater Shooting and the Fero’s Bar & Grill trials brought Colorado’s death penalty to the forefront over the past few months. The process and eventual sentences of James Holmes and Dexter Lewis have been scrutinized, reviewed and opined upon everywhere from water coolers to the editorial pages of almost every major newspaper in the state.

But did we learn anything? Or were the cases only fodder for a macabre reality television experience?