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Designer running shoes — A pair for everyone

The Colorado Statesman

I am in love. The second Google introduced us, I was smitten. I’ve heard talk of rekindling old romances via the Internet, but I never thought it would happen to me. Don’t give me any lip or any tongue or behave like a heel. I’m talking about crushing on the most adorable, colorful and comfy pair of sneakers ever designed by a ... well ... a designer.

‘Reform’ candidates win local school board races

But definition of reform isn’t always so clear
The Colorado Statesman

So-called “reform” school board candidates swept to victory in three Front Range school district elections this odd-year election. But how one defines “reform” is a matter of location and political perspective.

In Denver, reformers won four seats, shifting the pro-administration’s one-seat majority to a tilted six-seat majority, thereby leaving the union-backed so-called “neighborhood” advocates with little voice on the seven-member board.

Perseverance pays off, Bowlen Wallace tells Colorado Women’s Alliance

The Colorado Statesman

Politics, like football, is a contact sport, some say, and on the evening of Nov. 12, members of the Colorado Women’s Alliance combined the two at a program featuring Beth Bowlen Wallace, director of special projects for The Denver Broncos.

The well-attended event, held in a private home in Cherry Hills, brought together high powered women (and a few men) who were inspired by the articulate daughter of Broncos football team owner Pat Bowlen.

Election eve lawsuit over HB 1303 dismissed

Heart of case rested on residency requirements
The Colorado Statesman

A Denver District Court judge late Monday night dismissed a case that would have thrown a wrench into Tuesday’s election and poked holes in a recent Democratic-backed elections law that critics say disenfranchises voters.

Judge Michael Martinez said he could not find adequate evidence to indicate that House Bill 1303 — now a law — has resulted in citizens being denied the right to vote in local elections, or that voters had cast ballots in elections they were not permitted to.

It was 1973 when Dick Lamm walked the state...

...And 40 years later, friends and followers reunite, with memories of their leader and the first lady
The Colorado Statesman

Photos of the Lamm 40th reunion are available for purchase. If you order them by Dec. 18, we will get them to you before Christmas. Please contact Maggie at The Colorado Statesman, 303-837-8600 or maggie@coloradostatesman.com.

Elections held in cities, towns

Colorado Municipal League

Seventy-eight cities and towns held general and special elections on Nov. 5. Five municipalities canceled their elections due to a lack of candidates: Cripple Creek, Greenwood Village, Lamar, Las Animas and Victor, while Lochbuie voters rejected a recall of two town trustees. Other elections this cycle include Rifle, which holds its general election in September, and Deer Trail, which will hold a special election on Dec. 10 to address shooting at drones.

Following is a summary of some of the trends from this election, as well as some of the issues decided.

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Lawmakers begin search for flood recovery solutions

Flood Disaster Study Committee briefed on rebuilding efforts, expenses

The Flood Disaster Study Committee began the work of identifying legislative solutions to recent and future flooding in Colorado this week. The first step in this process was a series of briefings from the State of Colorado Recovery Office and other state agencies detailing the results of recovery efforts during the 55 days following Front Range flooding that began on September 11.

EPA covers earth, wind, fire in Denver hearing

Hearing strikes discordant responses
The Colorado Statesman

A storm of environmental issues blew through Colorado this week as the Environmental Protection Agency took comments in Denver on creating strong carbon pollution standards for power plants, while the state grappled with air quality violations, devastating fires and shrinking water resources.

Valerie Plame’s dispatch from her river of no return

The Colorado Statesman

Blowback is a spy story co-written by Valerie Plame with the thriller novelist Sarah Lovett, featuring a CIA operative, Vanessa Pierson, who is intent on protecting the world against the proliferation of nuclear weapons — much like Plame herself before she was “outed” as an undercover agent by Scooter Libby and others in the Bush White House during the aftermath of our Iraq invasion. Plame, who is married to Ambassador Joe Wilson, recounted that tale in the non-fiction Fair Game.

Interim committee seeks representation for juveniles

Critics complain it could take away parental control
The Colorado Statesman

Following revelations that an estimated 45 percent of juveniles last year in Colorado faced delinquency cases without an attorney, lawmakers this week recommended legislation to address the deficiency.

But some prosecutors and lawmakers believe requiring attorneys for a youth offender limits parental rights, which could set up a partisan fight in the legislature next year.