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Appeals judge Gabriel named to state Supreme Court

The Colorado Statesman

The newest justice of the Colorado Supreme Court will be Judge Richard Gabriel, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday at the Capitol.

“He has a reputation for hard work and determination, but also for integrity and generosity,” Hickenlooper said. “We’ll take a bright star on our Court of Appeals and allow it to shine even more brightly on our Supreme Court.”

He will fill the seat of retiring Justice Gregory Hobbs, who leaves the high court on Sept. 1 after serving there since 1996.

Sanders rocks Denver crowd, calls for ‘political revolution’

The Colorado Statesman

Neil Young's music was blasting inside the University of Denver on Saturday night — but he wasn't the rock star the frenzied crowd had come to hear.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders electrified supporters with a fiery, populist message that resonated with the thousands that packed DU's Hamilton Gymnasium.

Not long after stepping up to the podium to Young's “Rockin' in the Free World” — and to chants of “Bernie, Bernie!” — the Vermont senator took aim at a national economic system that he feels benefits the rich and leaves the poor and middle-class behind.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Hineser says Hudak criticism of article wrong on all counts


I applaud The Colorado Statesman for giving ex-senator Evie Hudak the opportunity to express her opinion [in a letter to the editor in the June 19 edition, "Hudak disputes phrasing in article on SD 19 race"]; even though she was wrong with virtually every statement.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Hudak disputes phrasing in article on SD 19 race


In the article in the June 12 Colorado Statesman, “Woods, Zenzinger plan for ’16 rematch,” you say that I resigned "to avoid a looming recall election." This is not accurate, because the petitions had not been turned in, and there is no way of knowing whether the recall election would have occurred.

Guest Columnist

Conway: Transportation Summit begins dialog

Inaugural Northern Colorado meeting key first step to develop solutions to state's transportation funding crisis
Weld County Board of Commissioners

On June 15, the Weld County commissioners organized the first Transportation Summit for Northern Colorado in almost a decade. Transportation planning entities from across the state joined with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shailen Bhatt and several state and local elected officials from across the state to address the transportation infrastructure funding crisis that has developed in our state over the last decade.

Guest Columnist

Pinto: The fight for the microphone in Jeffco

Guest Contributor

A prominent strategist told me to get a CT scan of my head when I mentioned my plan to work in the communications department at Jeffco Schools. Six months later I admit that I had my share of headaches, but it was worth taking a few Advil for the battle to improve student achievement. Our team was privileged to highlight the efforts of dedicated educators working long hours to create vibrant classrooms for thousands of students.

Water's for fighting

State's first-ever water plan in homestretch

The Colorado Statesman

Bring up the topic of Colorado water just about anywhere across the arid state, and before long someone is bound to invoke the state’s unofficial motto, a saying attributed to Mark Twain: Whiskey is for drinking. Water, that’s for fighting.

But these days, if you happen to find yourself amid the kind of folks who never tire of cracking a smile when the adage is uttered, you’re just as likely to hear talk of the state’s first-ever water plan, set to unveil before the end of the year. Water, they just might acknowledge, could be for plenty of things. But in the meantime, there’ll still be whiskey.

‘Coup attempt’ rocks state GOP, House stands firm

Chair battles former supporters demanding he resign post, foes vow to press on
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Republican Party was thrown into turmoil this week after three powerful Republicans attempted to persuade state GOP chair Steve House to resign.

While House initially took them up on the offer, he quickly rescinded his resignation — reneged on the deal, detractors say — and fired back at Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Pueblo County Republican chair Becky Mizel, the three most prominent supporters of House’s bid to run the party earlier this year.

News from Yesteryear

Buchanan denounces 'smear campaign' in assembly loss, weighs petition drive to take on Hart; State reels from 1965 flood

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Democratic U.S. Sen. Gary Hart, who was facing an avid crop of potential Republican challengers in his 1980 bid for a second term, sat down for an in-depth interview with Statesman editors Walt Kinderman and Miles Porter IV. Hart said that “regional representation” had become a key theme of his first term, particularly related to energy and natural resource issues while Colorado was emerging on the national and international stages. “This state, for the better part of 100 years, has been primarily an insular, somewhat parochial, introverted place where people enjoyed living, raised agricultural products and families, enjoyed themselves, worked hard, but were not all that involved in national and international issues,” Hart said.

Rug merchants fight Glendale over eminent domain

The Colorado Statesman

A family-owned rug shop is squaring off against Glendale officials in a long-simmering controversy over development in the tiny city.

The owners of Authentic Persian & Oriental Rugs on South Colorado Boulevard are protesting what they call a brewing land grab by the city, which covers just over a half square mile in the middle of Denver. Glendale officials recently announced the Glendale 180 project, a dining and entertainment development the city says is intended to reestablish Glendale’s position “as the essential social hub of the Denver area.”