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Transportation Committee gets wheels up on ‘13 bills

The Colorado Statesman

The Transportation Legislation Review Committee met on Sept. 14, voting to introduce eight bills when the legislative session begins in January, including revisiting a bill to establish penalties for driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Beau Biden rips Romney-Ryan for ignoring veterans

Vice president’s son calls GOP proposals ‘outrageous’
The Colorado Statesman

Speaking at a fundraising dinner for Jefferson County Democrats on Saturday in Lakewood, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden charged that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s failure to mention veterans or the war in Afghanistan during his acceptance speech in Tampa was no mere oversight but was “consistent” with what he termed the GOP ticket’s “outrageous” disregard for the country’s commitment to veterans.

Club 20 showcases legislative candidates

House Districts 26, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, Senate District 8
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — The illustrious Club 20 — offering a “voice to the Western Slope” — held its annual fall meeting and candidate debates at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on Sept. 8, showcasing seven statewide races for the House and Senate.

The debates offered a comprehensive examination of candidates views from the races, including House Districts 26, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, and Senate District 8.

Candidates level political punches

CD 3’s Scott Tipton, Sal Pace and Tisha Casida
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — The gloves came off on the evening of Sept. 8 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction when the major party candidates for the 3rd Congressional District threw around allegations of fiscal irresponsibility, tax-dodging and partisan gamesmanship.

State Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, and incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, leveled most of the political punches. But they were joined on stage by unaffiliated candidate Tisha Casida, who participated in her first formal debate in CD 3 after the Western Slope interest group Club 20 invited her to its annual fall meeting and candidate debates.

Libertarian candidate addresses Club 20

GOP Jared Wright is a no-show in HD 54 debate
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Embattled Republican State House District 54 candidate Jared Wright made a last-minute decision not to attend the politically critical Club 20 annual fall meeting and candidate debates on Sept. 8, opening the door for Libertarian candidate Tim Menger to speak at the event.

Club 20 policy bars Libertarians and other third-party candidates from participating in their biennial debates unless they represent at least 1 percent of the registered voters in the district. That wasn’t the case in HD 54, so Menger was initially not invited to participate.

Intention of nation’s Founding Fathers remains a hot topic

The Colorado Statesman

The anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution will be celebrated on Sept. 17, and members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are planning events and offering statements surrounding the day.

The federal observance, known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. A federal law established the holiday in 2004, and requires observance on Sept. 17, the day members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

DREAMers move closer to the American Dream

Begin applying for temporary legal status thanks to Obama’s order
The Colorado Statesman

Luis Serrano came to Denver with his family from Juarez, Mexico in July 2001 when he was just 10 years old. He came with a six-month visitor visa. But when that visa expired, his parents decided to stay.

“We became permanent tourists,” explained Serrano.

Ever since, he has been looking over his shoulder, afraid that a traffic stop for a broken windshield or a cracked taillight will lead to deportation.

Obama visits college campus for second time in a week

Offers fiery attack on his Republican opponents
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama stopped in Colorado on Sept. 2 for the second time in a week, offering those gathered on a sunny afternoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder a more combative and fiery campaign speech.

The president took aim at the three-day Republican National Convention, which ended just days before on Aug. 30.

New law aims to curb “school to jail track”

The Colorado Statesman

Student leaders, school administrators and lawmakers gathered on Aug. 30 at North High School in Denver to celebrate the start of the school year with legislation that they hope ends the so-called “school to jail track.”

The group — led by Padres & Jovenes Unidos — highlighted their hopes for the new Smart School Discipline Law, which aims to reduce the number of students referred to law enforcement for less serious infractions.

Denver Rustlers Ride High for Jr. Livestock Sale

Cowboy hats, boots and traditional western shirts required for this annual trip to the State Fair!
Special to The Colorado Statesman

A stable of Denver’s Who’s Who from the political and business communities turned out in force on Aug. 28 for the annual Denver Rustlers’ trip to the Colorado State Fair.