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Farmer-legislator Sonnenberg teaches his urban cousins at the Gold Dome

State representative is a strong advocate for agriculture

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Welcome to the middle of nowhere,” said Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg from his tractor’s cockpit.

It looks like rain. Clouds are slowly darkening the Eastern Plains sky.

“The only guy I ask for help out here is God,” said Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. “God bails me out on a number of occasions. I’m hoping he will bail me out with a little rain because we’re drying out.”

Colorado’s Commish of Ag is a local grown success

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dept. of Ag Commissioner John Stulp was looking forward to CSU’s Sept. 21 “Ag Day,” partly to sample the products and to cheer on the CSU Rams football team in their contest with Idaho (he got his wish — the Rams beat Idaho 36-34).

State emissions program auditors acknowledge padding of time sheets

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With the General Assembly looking for coins in the sofa cushions these days, a recent audit of the state’s emissions program showed that auditors charged with reviewing the program are padding their time sheets or even turning in time sheets for audits they didn’t do. And while the state auditors didn’t call it fraud, the chair of the Legislative Audit Committee did not hesitate to call it that.

Hart’s new book is retrospective of political career

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — The Colorado politician who has come closest to being elected president reflects on his nearly four decades in public life in a recently published memoir and discussed his story last week at a downtown bookstore.

Former Congresswoman Schroeder keynotes Jeffco Dems gala

The Jefferson County Democrats hosted the 36th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner on September 19 at the Marriott Denver West. Judi Butz, the 2010 recipient of the “Eleanor Award” was recognized for her longtime work and volunteerism for the county Democratic Party and for Democratic candidates.

Schroeder says ‘really big bucks’ at root of nation’s political woes

Common Cause celebrates 40th anniversary

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The values espoused by Colorado Common Cause are in greater peril than ever, warned a former congresswoman whose public career spans nearly the same four decades as the good-government organization.

CEA’s Deb Fallin retires after 30 years

Praised for her work in advocating for public education

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Followers of public education in the state, including legislators, lobbyists, reporters, teachers union members, education professionals, elected officials and myriad others, will miss the contact and trusting relationships they’ve established over the years with one of the longtime staff members of the Colorado Education Association. Deborah Fallin, the genial and responsive public education advocate and spokesperson for the organization for the last 30 years, officially retired this week.

Clear the Bench benched over campaign violations

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer has ruled in favor of Colorado Ethics Watch (CEW) regarding campaign finance violations committed by Clear the Bench Colorado (CTBC). Spencer’s ruling requires Clear the Bench to file as a political committee within 20 days of his Sept 22 ruling.

Move under way to change how votes are tabulated

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A diverse group of election advocates want to change the way Fort Collins elects city officials.

Ready for REALLY early voting?

Colorado's 2012 primary election could be moved to June

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s primary in 2012 could move from its current date in August to June 26, under a recommendation made Sept. 8 to the Secretary of State’s Best Practices and Vision Commission.