Current News

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

Editor:

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.

Guest Commentary

Common Cause believes lawmakers should represent all, not just voters

Guest Contributor

A group of recent court decisions has reignited the debate over how we draw legislative districts. In a case out of Arizona, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of Americans to create independent commissions that strip politicians of the power to gerrymander districts. In a Florida case in which Common Cause was a successful plaintiff, the state Supreme Court found the Florida legislature had drawn congressional district boundaries for political gain, and ordered them to redraw eight congressional districts within 100 days. In Alabama and Virginia, the U.S.

Colorado GOPers decry Iran nuclear deal, Democrats see it as positive step forward

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans were quick to condemn the Obama administration’s announcement Tuesday of a nuclear agreement between six countries and Iran, urging Congress to reject the deal even as Democrats called it as a step in the right direction.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a blistering statement accusing the White House of entering into a “bad deal” to accommodate “a murderous regime led by a President who gladly marches at the front of parades shouting ‘Death to America!’ and ‘Death to Israel!’”

Chatter

Jewell under pressure to visit Colowyo mine during Aspen trip

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is coming to Colorado, but a visit to the Colowyo coal mine isn’t on her itinerary — at least not yet.

Jewell is scheduled to speak Friday at the Aspen Institute, just a three-hour drive from Craig, where residents are frantic over the threat of a coal mine shutting down as a result of a lawsuit filed by environmentalist group WildEarth Guardians.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Rep. Scott Tipton have urged her to visit the area and hear from the community about the mine’s importance to the northwest Colorado economy.

Columnist

Smith: ISIS training camps at border? Puras mentiras

The Colorado Statesman

“Puras mentiras,” Cecilia Vazquez says to me. Nothing but lies. The other Mixteca Indians nod in agreement.