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Nader pushes single-payer health care in CU talk

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Consumer activist and corporate gadfly Ralph Nader urged adoption of a single-payer system of delivering health care to Americans last week when he spoke to an overflow audience in a club room at the University of Colorado’s football stadium.

Since universal health coverage was first proposed by President Harry Truman, Nader said, more than a million people have died needlessly because they couldn’t afford health insurance.

Long fight for wilderness finally succeeds

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

ESTES PARK — Bipartisanship can be hard to come by.

Policy battles and political posturing often keep politicians from coming together to pass meaningful legislation. But it’s amazing how far politicos can go when they work together on the right issue.

Former SoS Coffman cleared by ethics panel

Congressman Mike Coffman, who served as Colorado secretary of state before he was elected to represent CD 6 last year, was cleared by the bipartisan five-member Ethics Commission this week on charges brought by Colorado Ethics Watch. The non-profit group had alleged that Coffman acted improperly as secretary of state by employing a deputy who ran a partisan web-based business from the office, and for using a consulting firm (Phaseworks) for his congressional campaign while the firm lobbied on behalf of electronic voting machines, a function of the secretary of state’s office.

Ritter touts energy economy highlights for summit

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The same message came from the same messenger, but it was delivered in a new venue.

During a luncheon speech Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bill Ritter touted the importance of his vision for a “new energy economy” at the Rocky Mountain New Energy Markets Summit, sponsored by Holme Roberts & Owen law firm, Altira and Morgan Stanley.

Stimulus bunny yet to leave eggs in Colorado’s basket

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado’s push to create a “New Energy Economy” will definitely benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but by how much is still unknown.

Despite the haste with which Congressional leaders passed the now infamous $900 billion stimulus package, the money coming to Colorado to benefit clean, new energy projects has yet to arrive.

Natural-gas powered cars: So near, yet so far away

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

They’re called the cleanest internal-combustion vehicles on Earth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Compressed natural gas vehicles produce 97 percent less carbon monoxide and 25 percent less carbon dioxide than traditional automobiles. CNGs produce few toxic or carcinogenic pollutants, little to no particulate matter and no evaporative emissions.

Four Corners tourism endangered by smog

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s easy to tell why the Four Corners area — where Colorado’s border meets the borders of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah — is a popular tourist destination.

Bennet returns to ‘hood for schooling

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The students in the Denver Public School district have not forgotten Colorado’s newest senator, Michael Bennet.

As he finished interviews with reporters at Bruce Randolph Middle School on Tuesday and raced through the school’s cafeteria on his way to meet with teachers, a group of young students yelled across the room.

GOP's Chuck Hagel opens CU's World Affairs Conference

By Kathrine Warren
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The 61st annual Conference on World Affairs kicked off in Boulder this week with a nice dose of Republican energy as Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel delivered the keynote speech to a packed Macky Auditorium.

AFL-CIO leader touts EFCA campaign

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The heat is on when it comes to the Employee Free Choice Act.

One week after U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue came to Denver to talk to business leaders about the importance of opposing the EFCA, a major labor leader made stops up and down the Front Range to promote the proposed legislation.