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Regulatory issues come to a head for craft brewers

Colorado brewers also lobbying state over environmental issues
The Colorado Statesman

Craft brewers are searching for a legislative or regulatory fix to a conflict between state and federal law that resulted in at least one group of breweries in the state facing seizure of its prized elixirs.

Brewers are also lobbying the state to ensure that environmental standards are in place to protect against potential damage from the oil and gas industry that could affect air and water quality, which they say is critical to the preservation of the craft beer industry.

Richard Lamm and his staffers, 40 years later

Richard Lamm was elected governor of Colorado in 1974 after walking the entire state as part of his unorthodox campaign. The young Democratic state representative spurred an avid (and fairly young) campaign staff, many who would follow him as he took office in 1975. Lamm was elected governor three times and still has a loyal group of devotees.

Secretary Nicholson honored with 2013 Adam Smith Award

Secretary Jim Nicholson, a longtime fixture in Colorado and national Republican politics, was honored Oct. 9 with the Colorado Council for Economic Education’s 2013 Adam Smith Award. The biennial award recognized Nicholson for his strong record of community service, commitment to free enterprise, and high ethical standards.

The award was presented by CCEE chairwoman, Michele Warren.

Nicholson served as United States Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican) from 2001 to 2005, at which time he was appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers, July 8, 1964 – Oct. 7, 2013

Former Lt. Governor Joseph Bernard Rogers, known in the Colorado political world and elsewhere as simply “Joe,” died unexpectedly on Oct. 7 at 49 years of age. He had the distinction of being the youngest American elected as a lieutenant governor in the country, and Colorado’s second African-American to hold the post when he was elected in 1998 at age 35.

Style Matters’ early fashion tips for early shoppers

The Colorado Statesman

The first sprinkling of snow on the foothills is the Style Matters signal to hightail it into the malls and boutiques. The stores are loaded in preparation for pre-holiday shopping. Selection will never be better. Not sure what to buy? Take these Style Matters tips with you.

Mesa County’s Ruth Ehlers still involved in politics

Looks forward to GOP unity
The Colorado Statesman

At 75 years old, Mesa County Republican Ruth Ehlers still has a lot of political spark in her.

The former chairwoman of the Mesa County Republican Party recently sought the state party’s nomination for vice chair. But the Western Slope candidate lost on Sept. 21 to Mark Baisley, former chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, when the state party’s central committee met to fill a vacancy left by outgoing Vice Chairman Don Ytterberg.

Washington shuts down, but not the rumor-mongering

The Colorado Statesman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington, D.C. was padlocking the nation’s treasures as I flew in last week for my high school reunion in neighboring Montgomery County. My scheduled meetings were cancelled, so I took a few hours Wednesday afternoon to survey the consequences of shutting down the federal government. The Mall was eerily empty as barricades prevented tourists from parking along the frontage roads serving the museums that stand shoulder to shoulder between the Capitol, and the Washington monument.

Former Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers passes on

By State Rep. Angela Williams and D-Denver

Joe Rogers, former Colorado Lieutenant Governor, died suddenly early Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 of medical complications at Rose Medical Hospital. He was elected in late 1998 to a four-year term by Colorado voters statewide. He served with Colorado Governor Bill Owens who was elected at the same time, although the two men ran separate campaigns to win their respective positions. Elected at age 35, Rogers was the youngest person in the nation, the fourth Black person nationally, and the last Coloradoan to be elected by voters to serve as Colorado Lt.

School finance measure flush in funds, but lawsuit could dampen efforts

The Colorado Statesman

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a response by Denver Public Schools on Oct. 9 to the "mutual consent" section of the story.

Supporters of a $950 million tax increase to fund education released their first two television ads this week and announced support from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, while opponents filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ballot drive.

Bo Cottrell roasted and toasted for a good cause

The Colorado Statesman

If you’ve been around politics in Colorado for any length of time, the name Bo Cottrell is clearly recognizable. Bo knows, and it seems everyone knows Bo. He’s been chairman of the Arapahoe County Republican Party, an avid supporter of GOP causes and candidates over the years, and even ran for the Statehouse himself back in 1996.

But his many friends also know that Bo’s varied interests extend well beyond the political realm, and as former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo entered into the Congressional Record in 2001, the multi-talented Cottrell has a most diverse and unique history.