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Sandra Day O’Connor is history in the flesh

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER – When it comes to living history lessons, sometimes what you do is more important than what you say. Thus it was on Sept. 17, Constitution Day, when almost a thousand students and visitors, including many members of the Colorado legal community, gathered at the University Memorial Center in Boulder to hear former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as part of the third annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the CU law school.

Former U.S. Sen. Lieberman joins Coloradans in 9-11 remembrance

The Colorado Statesman

Although 12 years have now passed since the 9/11 attacks, the resolve by Coloradans to never forget should not wane. In the words of Gov. John Hickenlooper at this year’s remembrance last week, “It is vital each year that we come together and maintain that memory.”

Fall Fashions 2013

Fashion Transitions — Combating the strictest remaining fashion rule: No white after Labor Day.
The Colorado Statesman

It’s the time of year when women look in their closets, ponder what’s ther, and moan to themselves, “I have nothing to wear!” And they probably don’t. September and most of October means wearing what the industry calls “transitional” clothing — that is, clothing that moves the wearer fashionably from summer to fall and from fall to winter. How do you do this?

Municipalities energized for fracking votes

The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama’s June climate change declaration that “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction” resonates in Colorado where a surge of skepticism to the oil and gas industry is likely to play out at local polls this November.

Five Colorado communities — Fort Collins, Loveland, Lafayette, Boulder and Broomfield — are expected to vote in November on whether to impose a ban or enact lengthy moratoriums on the controversial hydraulic fracturing drilling process.

Campaign launched to tax recreational pot

The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a campaign to tax newly legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado officially launched the effort Wednesday on the heels of an announcement by the Department of Justice that it will defer to the state on enforcement.

The Committee for Responsible Regulation is comprised mostly of marijuana industry representatives and union officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7. But the campaign has widespread support, including local municipalities and business organizations.

School finance measure is officially on the ballot

Small cushion, big cost in petition gathering
The Colorado Statesman

Partisan wrangling over a ballot initiative to raise $950 million for school reform continued Wednesday just moments before the secretary of state’s office deemed the question sufficient for the November ballot.

Colorado Commits to Kids submitted 165,710 signatures last month after paying Washington, D.C.-based FieldWorks at least $779,047 for petition gathering activities. Only 89,820 of the signatures were deemed valid after a line-by-line review.

First meeting of Dog Protection Task Force held at Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office

Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, addresses the first meeting of the Dog Protection Task Force, which will design the training curricula for law enforcement dog encounters so that police can better understand canine behaviors and use alternatives to lethal force against dogs. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson hosted the 17-member bipartisan task force at the Sheriff’s office last week. The training legislation, which all 100 lawmakers supported, appears to be the first of its kind. Sen.

Birthday boy Romanoff makes a political wish

The Colorado Statesman

On the way to his 47th birthday celebration at Bicentennial Park in Aurora on Aug. 24, one of Andrew Romanoff’s friends asked him whether he was ever going to have a birthday party where he didn’t actually charge guests. “I thought about that for a moment and I said, ‘No.’ So next year it’ll be $48,” teased the already announced Democratic candidate for CD 6 in 2014.

U.S. Rep. Coffman expresses political optimism under an emerging rainbow

The Colorado Statesman

Congressman Cory Gardner, whose sprawling 4th Congressional District encompasses most of the rural Eastern Plains as well as the larger cities of Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland and Longmont in north-central Colorado, also represents the eastern half of Arapahoe County, which is part of the reason he dropped by the Greenwood Village home of Arapahoe County GOP chairman Joy Hoffman on the weekend afternoon of Aug. 24.

Republicans Gessler, Brophy criticize incumbent Governor

Tancredo skips Lincoln Club forum, complains it pits GOP candidates against each other
The Colorado Statesman

Republicans Greg Brophy and Scott Gessler attacked Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday over failed leadership and an inability to make concrete decisions, as the two prepare for a possible gubernatorial challenge.

Brophy, a state senator from Wray, has already formally announced his campaign and has been actively hitting the trail. Gessler, the conservative stalwart secretary of state, plans to make his announcement on Sept. 17.