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States in Play

Gardner, array of presidential candidates search for gridlock cure at NH conference

The Colorado Statesman

MANCHESTER, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner joined a bipartisan parade of eight presidential candidates who heeded the cattle call of the nonprofit organization No Labels on Monday to take part in a day-long retreat devoted to “problem-solving” in a hotel in this New England town.

Facing a crowd of about 1,500 undecided voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state, candidates from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders mashed their campaign stump speeches with calls to overcome gridlock.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Fields has his facts all wrong: Jeffco has long led on choice


This is in response to the guest commentary by Michael Fields in the Oct. 2 edition of The Colorado Statesman.

Supporters of the current Jeffco school board majority continually talk about “school choice.” Mr. Fields suggests that Jeffco schools, prior to the election of our current school board members, believed in a “one-size-fits-all system that classified [each student] based on street address.” I don’t know where that perception came from – it is completely wrong.

Big Sanders crowd points to Dem divide

The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare could be voters like Kelly Sprague of Denver.

Despite intense sun and no shade, Sprague waited more than two hours Saturday for a campaign appearance by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the University of Colorado Boulder's Potts Field, which drew a crowd estimated at 9,000.

Needless to say, she's a Sanders fan. And while she can't imagine herself voting for a Republican, neither is she thrilled with the prospect of throwing her support to Clinton if she defeats Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Guest Commentary

Baca: My president and my pope

Guest Contributor

During the 2012 presidential campaign, I served as a national co-chair of Catholics for Obama. Little did I suspect that three years later I would be at the White House watching my president welcome my pope. What an amazing gift.

Guest Commentary

Lockwood: The toxic VA must face reform and accountability

Guest Contributor

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an absolute disgrace and must be reformed so that we can live up to our promises to our veterans, who have sacrificed everything in the name of duty and honor. Politicians who pay lip service to our veterans but vote against their interests must be shamed and held accountable for their disingenuous and, frankly, questionable actions.

News from Yesteryear

GOP rivals Holtzman, Beauprez trade charges; Andrews challenges Neil Bush on his dad’s 'no new taxes' pledge

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The fur was positively flying in the fight between Republican gubernatorial candidates Marc Holtzman and U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez. The Holtzman crew had hired a former FBI agent to “fortify” its headquarters, said campaign manager Dick Leggitt.

From the statehouse to the courthouse

Gibbs enjoys tackling local issues in second term as Summit County commissioner

The Colorado Statesman

BRECKENRIDGE — Dan Gibbs is in a good place: Summit County, where he is one of three members of the Board of County Commissioners, a job he’s held for five years.

It’s a different life for the 38-year old Gibbs, who spent four sessions at the state Capitol: one year in the House and three in the Senate. He decided in 2010 to forego the life of a rural senator and head home for good, or at least for a good while.

National fractivists boost movement with summit, march on state Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

If last weekend’s Stop the Frack Attack national summit in Denver was any indication, the days of seeking local moratoriums, tighter regulations and studies on hydraulic fracturing may be over.

Activists from 30 states made it clear they will settle for nothing less than a prohibition on fracking, as organizers called on attendees to “escalate the fight between communities and the oil and gas industry.”

‘Prosecutor’s prosecutor’ Hautzinger departs district attorney job for federal position

The Colorado Statesman

Pete Hautzinger has a pile of unfinished murder-case files in his office. He has just added a new manslaughter case to his workload. And he has great interest in seeing those criminal matters through to the end.

But after 11 years as the 21st Judicial District Attorney, Hautzinger is resigning his elected position and taking a job heading up the Grand Junction branch of the U.S. Attorney's office. He will have moved on well before any of those cases are resolved.

Guest Commentary

Nordberg: Repeal oil export ban for security’s sake

Guest Contributor

Protection. It’s a powerful motivator.

It’s why we fund defense and intelligence to keep us safe from those in the world who don’t share our values and wish us harm. It’s why we lock our doors at night to provide confidence and comfort for our loved ones. It’s the motivation behind keeping us from exporting crude oil. We need to take care of our own first and insulate ourselves from the vagaries and volatility of an unpredictable global market.