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Court ruling offers help for condo builders burned by construction defects lawsuits

The Colorado Statesman

This year’s construction defects bill may have died in the state Legislature, but housing developers ended up gaining a bit of what they wanted last week in the form of a court decision.

The day after the 2015 General Assembly adjourned, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled against a condominium association that had filed a construction defects lawsuit against a developer after voting unilaterally to remove a section from the bylaws mandating arbitration before suing.

STATE OF STYLE

Step out of the session and spring into the season

The Colorado Statesman

Dropped the F-bomb recently? Sure you have… I won’t tell. Closing out another session has had everyone stressed out and running on all cylinders with words like fiscal notes, fiduciary responsibility and filibuster repeatedly on the tips of everyone’s tongue around the Dome. What did you think I was talking about? Speaking of F–words, fashion, specifically spring fashion is in full bloom.

Four Fundamental F’s of Fashion:

Fabric: When it comes to fabric, no one makes it like mom makes it… Mother Earth that is.

Function: Sweat stains and discomfort scream Nay!

This week's political cartoon

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "Colorado Scooby-Doo Sine Die.

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Coffman settling in as state’s chief lawyer

The Colorado Statesman

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman knows her way around the office. As chief deputy attorney general under her predecessor, John Suthers, and having worked for the state’s chief lawyer for a decade, she’s worked closely with employees and played a key role in decisions.

Denver development pressures drive Shepherd to the sidelines

The Colorado Statesman

It has been 36 years since Northwest Denver dumped an incumbent City Council member. In December of 1978 I was still savoring my “surprise” election to the Colorado House and waiting to be sworn into office when I received a call at home from Dutchess Scheitler. She asked whether she and her husband Bill could visit me at home. I hadn’t met either of them during my campaign and had no idea why they wanted to see me. Realtor Larry Perry had represented North Denver on City Council for several terms.

Fracking foes hit wall with legislature as Democrats sidestep fractious debate

The Colorado Statesman

The anti-fracking movement’s momentum ground to a halt in this year’s legislative session as Democrats opted to present a united front rather than aggravate a party schism by igniting a debate on oil and gas development.

The General Assembly took the safe route by approving funding for recommendations made in February by the governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Those include new inspectors and monitors for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Department of Public Health and Environment.

SINE DIE

The Colorado Statesman

By Marianne Goodland
The Colorado Statesman

The person exhaling the biggest sigh of relief one day after the 2015 legislative session came to a close was perhaps Colorado’s executive-in-chief, Gov. John Hickenlooper.

West Slope residents protest BLM’s closure of roads

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION – Approximately 200 Western Slope residents – men, women and children – gathered on Saturday, May 2 at the Bureau of Land Management’s western Colorado headquarters to protest the BLM’s policy of closing as many as 60 percent of historical county roads, ATV trails and dead-end routes on public lands that have been used for generations.

Red-light camera ban passes, not likely to become law

The Colorado Statesman

Two bills that seek to curb the use of red-light cameras in Colorado may have emerged from the Legislature on May 6, but they are likely to hit a stoplight at the governor’s desk.

One bill, House Bill 1098, would require cities to seek voter approval for the use of red-light cameras and other photo radar systems. Another measure, Senate Bill 276, would ban the use of those systems altogether.

Compromise struck on student testing bill

The Colorado Statesman

In a laborious Capitol battle over student testing between the “good enoughs” and the “not enoughs,” the former prevailed.

After digging through the weeds for months on the biggest education issue of this year’s legislative session, lawmakers finally emerged with compromise legislation that will reduce the number of assessments that students are required to take at Colorado’s public schools.

But it sure wasn’t easy.