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Energy debate hits home at congressional field hearing

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Monday called for a price on carbon emissions and reform to the nation’s tax and regulatory codes as federal lawmakers debate sustainability policies.

Friednash takes oath as Denver’s new City Attorney

It was a standing room only crowd that gathered Monday in the Parr-Widener Community Room at the City and County Building in Denver to witness the swearing-in of Doug Friednash as Denver’s new city attorney.

Matt Jones announces 2012 state senate bid

Democratic state Rep. Matt Jones formally announced his candidacy on Thursday for state senate in Senate District 17, which covers portions of eastern Boulder County including Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, and western Erie. The seat is currently held by Brandon Shaffer, who is term limited. Jones is currently serving his fourth term as a state representative.

WTC steel makes strong statement in Denver

Special to The Colorado Statesman

When Melanie Pearlman, the executive director of Denver’s counterterrorism educational center found the perfect World Trade Center artifact to be displayed at an exhibit about terrorism next month, she thought, “This one’s just right.”

Hancock relents, lets press use recorders

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock didn’t make any “crazy news” at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at city hall, but by then the arrangements for the press conference itself already had.

Following an outcry from reporters and ridicule by bloggers, the new mayor — in office just 23 days — conducted a half-hour, formal event for about a dozen reporters and a couple of television cameras instead of the casual “pen and paper” briefing originally set by press secretary Amber Miller.

Hickenlooper for vice president in 2016?

Don’t be surprised, poll says

John Hickenlooper is proving to be one of the most popular governors in the country, according to a poll conducted this month by Public Policy Polling (PPP) which shows that 54 percent of Colorado voters approve of him to only 24 percent who disapprove. That +30 net approval spread makes him the third most popular sitting governor out of 42 which PPP has polled on, putting him behind only Nebraska’s Dave Heineman and Arkansas’ Mike Beebe.

Western Conservative Summit 2011

The Colorado Statesman

If Georgia businessman Herman Cain wins the presidency next year, he might mark his stunning straw poll win at a gathering of Colorado conservatives as a turning point in his campaign. And even if the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO doesn’t ascend to the highest office in the land, he’ll likely still savor the memory of his reception in Denver last weekend, when nearly 1,000 cheering audience members leapt to their feet with sustained applause after his speech and then proceeded to vote for the Republican in overwhelming numbers.

GOPer Cain dominates Colorado conservative summit straw poll

The Colorado Statesman

Here are the results of the Western Conservative Summit’s inaugural presidential straw poll, conducted on July 31 near the conclusion of the three-day confab in Denver. The names of 14 declared and rumored Republican presidential candidates appeared on the ballot, as well as President Barack Obama. (Not surprisingly, after a weekend largely devoted to arguing that a second Obama term could destroy the country, the Democrat didn’t receive a single vote.) There was also a space to write in candidates.

Oil, natural gas extraction is clean, says Gov

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper called negative reports concerning dangers associated with hydraulic fracturing “hyperbole,” arguing that there is no scientific fact to indicate that the oil and natural gas extraction process contaminates groundwater in Colorado.

Heath, education proponents submit initiative petitions

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Education advocates, standing outside the downtown building which houses the secretary of state’s office, turned in 142,160 signatures Monday to place Initiative 25, which would inject almost $3 billion into preschool through higher public education during the next five years, on the Nov. 1 ballot.

Surrounded by children, parents, volunteers, colleagues from the state Legislature, and dozens of boxes filled to the brim with signature packets, state Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, laid out the Bright Colorado coalition’s case for voters to approve what would amount to a tax hike.