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School board candidates defend support of vouchers

Denver candidates also dispute alleged conflicts of interest
The Colorado Statesman

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education race has turned into a discussion on vouchers and conflicts of interest as the reform versus neighborhood-oriented battle continues for control of the seven-member board.

Two factions have emerged in the school board race, which will be decided this November. The two sides include reformers, who support the administration, and neighborhood candidates, who support traditional schools. Most candidates and current school board members are Democrats, though the board is nonpartisan.

Cherry Creek Republican Women strut their stuff!

Style meets substance at unique vintage fashion show
The Colorado Statesman

A-line skirts; tapered waists; simple sheaths; muslin, taffeta and lace – these fashion mainstays never go out of style, as was evident at the Cherry Creek Republican Women’s third biennial Vintage Fashion Show held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora. Held to raise money for the club, the fashion show featured outfits spanning nearly a century of style, with clothing from the 1890s to the 1980s.

“Each one was different and it was fun,” said Andi Allott, 1st vice president-membership of the CCRW and one of the main coordinators of this event.

Hickenlooper makes $65.5 million more available for flood recovery

CDOT announces opening dates for highways

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order on Sept. 26 that makes $65.5 million more available for flood response and recovery. This brings the total state funds available to $91.5 million.

“There is great urgency to get flood recovery efforts underway as quickly as possible,” Hickenlooper said. “This money will help local communities rebuild now instead of waiting for other recovery dollars to arrive.”   

Kerr and supporters pedal through the rain

Earlier this month, state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, got an enthusiastic group of folks together to support his bid for re-election, including special guest U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD 7. The Sept. 15 event was fun — and wet.

Former national party chairs deride their own parties

Republican Michael Steele & Democrat Howard Dean

Former national chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties spoke in Denver Wednesday, criticizing political strategies on gun control and multiculturalism that could dissuade voters.

Speaking at the Political Law and Compliance Seminar hosted by the McKenna Long and Aldridge law firm, Howard Dean, a Democrat, and Michael Steele, a Republican, were both critical of their parties startegies.

Dean pointed to an “over-reach” by Democrats in the Colorado legislature, while Steele worried that Republicans were doing a poor job reaching out to young and minority voters.

Is anti-discrimination policy that fails to discriminate a form of discrimination?

Provide supporting Constitutional citations, but limit your response to 400 words
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents met Tuesday at the University Memorial Building in Boulder. Much of the day’s agenda was dedicated to the stultifying consideration of contracts, financial statements, planning reports and Board approvals for a metastasizing and dizzying array of academic degree programs. The low-ceiled room where the Regents met felt like an interrogation chamber at Guantanamo — underlit, view lines blocked, muted conversations transpiring in small huddles and presenters prone to acronymic obscurity.

Sandra Day O’Connor is history in the flesh

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER – When it comes to living history lessons, sometimes what you do is more important than what you say. Thus it was on Sept. 17, Constitution Day, when almost a thousand students and visitors, including many members of the Colorado legal community, gathered at the University Memorial Center in Boulder to hear former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as part of the third annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the CU law school.

Former U.S. Sen. Lieberman joins Coloradans in 9-11 remembrance

The Colorado Statesman

Although 12 years have now passed since the 9/11 attacks, the resolve by Coloradans to never forget should not wane. In the words of Gov. John Hickenlooper at this year’s remembrance last week, “It is vital each year that we come together and maintain that memory.”

Fall Fashions 2013

Fashion Transitions — Combating the strictest remaining fashion rule: No white after Labor Day.
The Colorado Statesman

It’s the time of year when women look in their closets, ponder what’s ther, and moan to themselves, “I have nothing to wear!” And they probably don’t. September and most of October means wearing what the industry calls “transitional” clothing — that is, clothing that moves the wearer fashionably from summer to fall and from fall to winter. How do you do this?

Municipalities energized for fracking votes

The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama’s June climate change declaration that “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction” resonates in Colorado where a surge of skepticism to the oil and gas industry is likely to play out at local polls this November.

Five Colorado communities — Fort Collins, Loveland, Lafayette, Boulder and Broomfield — are expected to vote in November on whether to impose a ban or enact lengthy moratoriums on the controversial hydraulic fracturing drilling process.