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Marijuana laws elusive as smoke

By Ernest Luning

As next year’s legislative session approaches, state lawmakers and interest groups are lining up to tackle a problem that has been on the back burner for nearly a decade before finally catching fire this year: how to regulate growers and distributors of medical marijuana.

Right wing takes flight at Independence Institute's Founders' Night Dinner

By Brad Jones

Even before this week’s much publicized coming-together of Republicans, Colorado’s social conservatives and libertarians were breaking bread together last Thursday at the gala celebration of the Independence Institute’s 25th anniversary at Glendale’s Infinity Park International Ballroom.

Michelle Obama debuts initiative in Denver

By Leslie Jorgensen

Eleanor Roosevelt pioneered the concept that presidential wives should do more than serve as hostesses at state dinners; she wrote newspaper and magazine columns, hit the lecture circuit and spoke on radio shows about social and political issues ranging from stretching family budgets during the Great Depression to the role of women in the armed services during World War II.

Differing views on Stupak Amendment to health care reform bill in Congress

From the Colorado Catholic Conference:

As long-time advocates of health care reform, the U.S. Catholic bishops continue to make the moral case for genuine health care reform that will protect the life, dignity, consciences and health of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

Ritter’s new budget targets tax credits

By Leslie Jorgensen

Gov. Bill Ritter has proposed a lean $7.1 billion General Fund budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 10. The new budget would cover a projected $1.02 billion revenue shortfall. However, the smorgasbord — which includes the elimination of tax exemptions and credits as well as program cuts — also might curb the public’s appetite for candy bars, soda pop, on-line purchases and fuel-efficient cars.

Denver Democrats’ Edward M. Kennedy Dinner

By Jody Hope Strogoff

Denver Democrats, gathered for their first annual Edward M. Kennedy dinner last weekend, were witness to the announcement that the long-awaited historic — and contentious — health care reform bill championed by the late U.S. Senator from Massachusetts had narrowly passed the House of Representatives, 220-215.

Honorees presented with awards by Denver Democrats

The Selma Lock Volunteer of the Year Award was presented this year to Sallyanne Ofner, the granddaughter of a suffragette and the niece of two DNC delegates. Ofner currently serves as captain of House sub-district 6A and Chair of all of HD 6.

Chamber sees bright future for health care reform

By Janet Simons

Rancor and dismay often corrupt the public discourse on health care reform these days, but negativity was completely absent from the Seventh Annual Health Care Policy Luncheon of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Lost in the woods on health care reform

By Richard Haugh

Compared to places in the East, Grand Junction doesn’t have a lot of trees. When Steve ErkenBrack took his 7-year-old son to visit his parents in Virginia, the boy was awed and a little overwhelmed by a walk through the forest.

Wiens is in

By Jody Hope Strogoff

Republican Tom Wiens, a Douglas County rancher, small businessman, and former state senator who has toyed with running for higher office since he retired from the Legislature, filed the necessary papers with the Federal Election Commission this week to become an official candidate for the U.S. Senate. Wiens joins former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, Weld County DA Ken Buck and several minor candidates in the race to oust appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Denver, in 2010.