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Apocalyptic ad blasts Bennet for Iran vote

A TV ad taking aim at U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet over his vote in favor of the Iran nuclear deal drew howls of outrage from Democrats and others this week. But the outspoken head of the group that paid for the ad says it’s just the opening salvo in a fusillade of vicious attacks on Bennet, who is up for reelection next year.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Bennet should sponsor animal antibiotics legislation


We are quickly losing the effective use of antibiotics, one of the most effective tools in our medical arsenal. This crisis has occurred because antibiotics are routinely added to the feed of animals raised for food. These antibiotics are often the same ones that humans utilize, and the bacteria that survive their journey through the food chain are increasingly resistant to their application.

Lawmakers aim to shed light on some judicial branch records

The Colorado Statesman

If the public wants to know how much the governor's office or the Legislature spends on ink toner or Post-it notes, they can probably find that out.

But good luck obtaining information on how much money the state spends on court cases.

That's because the state's judicial branch is not subject to open records laws. But a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to change that.


Hudson: Republican debaters seem to live in a different country

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats assembled at the Irish Snug on East Colfax last Wednesday night to monitor round two of the Republican slugfest intended to help winnow its ample field of Presidential candidates. A handful of diehards arrived from home after viewing the four “one-percenters” who failed to qualify for the main event. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham managed to conduct a conversation that strongly resembled an actual debate.

Colorado Supreme Court to hear city fracking-ban cases

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court this week agreed to decide two citizen-driven anti-fracking cases that will go a long way toward determining the future of oil and gas drilling across Colorado.

In both cases — a five-year moratorium on fracking imposed by Fort Collins and an outright fracking ban in Longmont — industry and state officials contend that Colorado law preempts local regulations limiting drilling operations.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, speaking Tuesday on KRCC, a Colorado Springs public radio station, said he thinks the state’s high court will side with mineral-rights owners.

Douglas County appeals voucher program to U.S. Supreme Court, cites religious discrimination

The Colorado Statesman

Students in the Douglas County School District who want to take advantage of the district’s controversial voucher program will have to wait to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will consider reversing the Colorado Supreme Court decision that struck it down.

Backers of the district’s Choice Scholarship Pilot Program want the nation’s highest court to declare unconstitutional a provision found in dozens of state constitutions they say discriminates against religious schools, while opponents of the program say it’s a matter of keeping church and state separate.

Denver college-affordability ballot measure launches campaign

The Colorado Statesman

Calling the proposed Denver college-affordability ballot measure “unequivocally an economic imperative” for the city, Mayor Michael Hancock on Thursday joined business and education leaders to launch a campaign aimed at persuading voters to approve a sales-tax increase to help residents pay for higher education.

Sage grouse decision lauded, but some green groups not impressed

The Colorado Statesman

For the most part, Colorado conservation groups and politicians this week were singing the praises of a five-year collaborative effort to preserve greater sage grouse habitat and avoid federal listing of the bird as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The “not-warranted” decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was announced Tuesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Denver.

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Dwyer ruling won’t resolve K-12 funding debate

The Colorado Statesman

Earlier this week, the Colorado Supreme Court waded into the political battlefield of K-12 education funding.

Long the domain of complex legislative fights, the interplay between the state’s budgeting process and education funding mandates always seemed destined to end in court. Beginning with passage of Amendment 23 in 2000, the state has an obligation to increase “statewide base per pupil funding” every year, regardless of economic reality or budget constraints.

Guest Commentary

Montez: Colorado can’t afford a vacancy on our overworked federal court

Guest Contributor

The federal courts play a pivotal role, and often serve as a last resort, in protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans, which we saw this year when the freedom to marry was afforded to same-sex couples across the country. When courts are backlogged, it causes real harm to citizens — including LGBT citizens — and businesses that cannot get timely justice or resolution of disputes.