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Export-Import loan guarantees could help state

...if Colorado would utilize them
The Colorado Statesman

John McAdams, former Vice President and CEO of the U. S. Export-Import Bank, visited Denver this week as a guest of state Rep.Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada. Part marketing junket and part tutorial, McAdams explained how the EX-IM bank could assist Colorado businesses and manufacturers in marketing their goods and services to an expanding global market. Some of his numbers were astonishing. The U. S. economy represents only 5 percent of the global market today.

DU panel recommends campaign finance reform

Eliminate limits on political contributions?
The Colorado Statesman

A University of Denver panel that analyzed campaign finance laws has made a set of recommendations for reform in Colorado, including eliminating limits on political contributions to candidates and political parties, and requiring nonprofits to reveal donors when contributions are made for political purposes.

Secessionist move was defeated

Rural Coloradans are no less unhappy
The Colorado Statesman

As kids we were all talked into doing something incredibly stupid by an older brother or sister, (perhaps the smart kid next door or down the block), but whoever it was, he or she should have known better. If we were lucky, our parents never discovered our misdeeds, but more often than not we found ourselves listening in painful silence to the embarrassing query, “If Johnny decided to jump off the roof, would you jump too?” In a few instances these conversations took place in the company of local law enforcement.

Salazar asks Coffman to demand vote on immigration

The Colorado Statesman

Organizing for Action, a political remnant from the Obama presidential campaign held yet another immigration reform rally at the Aurora City Hall this week, featuring former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. About 50 demonstrators assembled on a bright, sunny morning to ask Congressman Mike Coffman to personally demand that Speaker John Boehner bring a comprehensive reform bill to the House floor for a vote before the end of the year. The theme was clear: Coffman should knock on the Speaker’s door and ask that the Senate Bill adopted earlier this year be scheduled for a vote in 2013.

Flood disaster committee visits hard-hit areas

Legislators struck by self-reliance of victims and fight-back spirit

“What struck me most was the bend-not-break Colorado spirit that we saw in town after town,” Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, said after his Flood Disaster Study Committee spent two days this week visiting areas ravaged by the Great Flood of 2013. “Over and over we saw this fight-back spirit, this attitude of, ‘Let’s stand this thing back up.’ That really impressed me.”

Designer running shoes — A pair for everyone

The Colorado Statesman

I am in love. The second Google introduced us, I was smitten. I’ve heard talk of rekindling old romances via the Internet, but I never thought it would happen to me. Don’t give me any lip or any tongue or behave like a heel. I’m talking about crushing on the most adorable, colorful and comfy pair of sneakers ever designed by a ... well ... a designer.

‘Reform’ candidates win local school board races

But definition of reform isn’t always so clear
The Colorado Statesman

So-called “reform” school board candidates swept to victory in three Front Range school district elections this odd-year election. But how one defines “reform” is a matter of location and political perspective.

In Denver, reformers won four seats, shifting the pro-administration’s one-seat majority to a tilted six-seat majority, thereby leaving the union-backed so-called “neighborhood” advocates with little voice on the seven-member board.

Perseverance pays off, Bowlen Wallace tells Colorado Women’s Alliance

The Colorado Statesman

Politics, like football, is a contact sport, some say, and on the evening of Nov. 12, members of the Colorado Women’s Alliance combined the two at a program featuring Beth Bowlen Wallace, director of special projects for The Denver Broncos.

The well-attended event, held in a private home in Cherry Hills, brought together high powered women (and a few men) who were inspired by the articulate daughter of Broncos football team owner Pat Bowlen.

Election eve lawsuit over HB 1303 dismissed

Heart of case rested on residency requirements
The Colorado Statesman

A Denver District Court judge late Monday night dismissed a case that would have thrown a wrench into Tuesday’s election and poked holes in a recent Democratic-backed elections law that critics say disenfranchises voters.

Judge Michael Martinez said he could not find adequate evidence to indicate that House Bill 1303 — now a law — has resulted in citizens being denied the right to vote in local elections, or that voters had cast ballots in elections they were not permitted to.

It was 1973 when Dick Lamm walked the state...

...And 40 years later, friends and followers reunite, with memories of their leader and the first lady
The Colorado Statesman

Photos of the Lamm 40th reunion are available for purchase. If you order them by Dec. 18, we will get them to you before Christmas. Please contact Maggie at The Colorado Statesman, 303-837-8600 or maggie@coloradostatesman.com.