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New Mexico Guv Martinez says ‘dysfunctional’ federal government ends up hurting the states

The Colorado Statesman

One of the rising stars in the Republican Party swung through Denver this week, touting her recent successes reining in taxes and promoting business interests in her state.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez spoke Wednesday to an audience of about 400 at the annual luncheon meeting of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center.

The energy revolution is unfolding in slow motion

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty years ago during my brief stint as a nuclear trashman I used to joke that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (better known today as NEPA) was actually a disguised employment program for the superfluous college graduates parented by America’s middle class. Perhaps Richard Nixon actually signed this legislation in a surreptitious effort to create paying jobs for all those anthropologists, field biologists, sociologists, statisticians, hydrologists, ecologists and other assorted Liberal Arts & Sciences students who would have wound up flipping burgers without it.

Tancredo takes center stage

At opening of campaign headquarters; new campaign flick!
The Colorado Statesman

An enthusiastic audience turned out Oct. 24 to see Tom Tancredo in his repeat starring role of “Gubernatorial Candidate” in the recently-released rendition of Much Ado About Nuthin’ which is playing in Colorado for the next 53 weeks.

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.