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Thunder, lightning, rumors and strike talk at JCEA rally

The Colorado Statesman

On the final Friday afternoon of the school year last week, the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) scheduled a “Rally to Take Back our Schools” in Clement Park. Scheduled for 4 p.m., hundreds were still searching for parking spaces as the skies opened at 4:15 and the crowd sought shelter beneath the picnic pavilions that surround the amphitheater. Sheets of rain, driven by gusts of wind drenched those along the periphery of the shelters. Umbrellas had to be clenched in both hands. After 30 minutes, the rain eased and a crowd of perhaps a thousand began to migrate towards the stage.

UPDATED: Colleagues remember 'Old Man Buckner'

The Colorado Statesman

He made a career out of teaching kids the ABCs, but Rep. John Buckner liked to refer to himself as OMB.

“He always talked about being older than us and he would call himself 'OMB' for 'Old Man Buckner,” said Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora.

Melton said Buckner was in pure OMB form during a trip to Colorado Springs last year, where they and Rep. Angela Williams of Denver canvassed support for former Rep. Tony Exum.

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."

YESTERYEAR

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.