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Bennet, Gardner introduce bill to legalize pot banking

The Colorado Statesman

Congress may finally be getting over the “chuckle factor” when it comes to marijuana banking legislation.

“When I would bring up marijuana, there would always initially be a chuckle,” Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter told The Colorado Statesman in a recent interview.

“Now, people understand that this is a serious issue.”

As Congress gets over the pot giggles, those who operate marijuana businesses hope they'll soon be laughing all the way to the bank.

This week's political cartoon

America's mall cop

The Colorado Statesman


Jewell adds meeting on Colowyo coal mine to her Colorado visit

Those gripes about Interior Secretary Sally Jewell making time for whitewater rafting and hobnobbing in Aspen — but not the Colowyo coal mine — appear to have paid off.

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said Wednesday that Jewell has added a meeting with northwest Colorado county commissioners to her itinerary Friday following her speech at the Aspen Institute.

“We look forward to meeting Secretary Jewell this Friday evening,” Kinkaid said. “I hope that she will be able to give us some assurances that our miners can keep working.”

Guest Commentary

Webb: Why America needs a strong woman as president

Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the job
Guest Contributor

I’ve heard some of my friends praise Hillary Clinton for her public service but then question if we are ready for such a strong female leader.

I'm married to a strong woman, Wilma Webb, who served in the Colorado state legislature for 13 years and fought to get the Martin Luther King Jr. state holiday established long before other states came on board. With the Democrats in the minority, she also got laws passed to protect the poor, minorities, women and gays from discrimination.

Lawmaker prepping red-light camera bill aimed at steering clear of governor’s veto pen

The Colorado Statesman

A state lawmaker thinks he has figured out how to get Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign a bill that would curb the use of red-light cameras in the state — give the governor what he wants.

State Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, told The Colorado Statesman he is in the process of drafting a bill for next year that will include language that is “almost identical” to the kind of red-light camera and photo radar legislation Hickenlooper has suggested lawmakers take up.

Letter: Becky Mizel resigns as chair of Pueblo Republican Party

On Tuesday night Becky Mizel announced her immediate resignation as chair of the Pueblo Republican Party. She said in a letter to the county party's executive committee that her views on working through "administrative challenges" the party is facing are at odds with those held by most of the committee's members. The letter is reproduced below.

Dear Executive Committee and Central Committee Members:

It is with great sadness that I tender my resignation as Chairman of the Pueblo Republican Party, effective immediately. I have greatly enjoyed the many opportunities for working with you as we have successfully brought the message of the Republican Party to Pueblo. Together, we have done many things that our opponents declared impossible. That profound impact was because of our members’ unique fearless dedication to our country’s founding principles.

News From Yesteryear

Dems trumpet Denver as host of ’04, ’64 conventions; Tancredo blasts arsenic ads; Carroll vows to fund I-70

The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, Democratic National Convention delegates and a bevy of volunteers were planning on wearing “Denver 2004” T-shirts to the DNC in Los Angeles, part of an effort to win the coveted national convention for the Mile High City four years hence. After being named a runner-up for the 2000 DNC, Webb and other convention backers believed Denver had a good shot at winning host city status the next time around.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Pardon who? Hick could start with non-violent pot offenders


If President Obama can commute the sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders, then why can't Gov. Hickenlooper pardon all non-violent drug (marijuana) felons? It would save Colorado taxpayers many millions of dollars each year, but that's too easy of a solution.

PERA study paints rosy picture, but not everyone is buying it

The Colorado Statesman

An independent study released this week provided good news for Colorado's public pension system — a little too good for skeptical Republican lawmakers.

The study determined that the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association's benefit model is more efficient and cost-effective than other types of public and private retirement plans.

And a move toward a different benefit system for public employees would cost the state up to $15.9 billion, the 211-page report reads.

Solar experts urge more government intervention to supplant coal power

The Colorado Statesman

EDWARDS — The future of solar energy in Colorado and the United States is very bright, according to a panel of experts here Monday night, but it can go supernova-bright with a much more concerted push from local, state and federal government.

All four panelist at the Vail Symposium’s “Future of Solar Energy” forum at Colorado Mountain College talked about the inevitable transition away from fossil fuels — especially coal — as the primary means of generating electricity in the United States.