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Lawmakers begin search for flood recovery solutions

Flood Disaster Study Committee briefed on rebuilding efforts, expenses

The Flood Disaster Study Committee began the work of identifying legislative solutions to recent and future flooding in Colorado this week. The first step in this process was a series of briefings from the State of Colorado Recovery Office and other state agencies detailing the results of recovery efforts during the 55 days following Front Range flooding that began on September 11.

EPA covers earth, wind, fire in Denver hearing

Hearing strikes discordant responses
The Colorado Statesman

A storm of environmental issues blew through Colorado this week as the Environmental Protection Agency took comments in Denver on creating strong carbon pollution standards for power plants, while the state grappled with air quality violations, devastating fires and shrinking water resources.

Valerie Plame’s dispatch from her river of no return

The Colorado Statesman

Blowback is a spy story co-written by Valerie Plame with the thriller novelist Sarah Lovett, featuring a CIA operative, Vanessa Pierson, who is intent on protecting the world against the proliferation of nuclear weapons — much like Plame herself before she was “outed” as an undercover agent by Scooter Libby and others in the Bush White House during the aftermath of our Iraq invasion. Plame, who is married to Ambassador Joe Wilson, recounted that tale in the non-fiction Fair Game.

Interim committee seeks representation for juveniles

Critics complain it could take away parental control
The Colorado Statesman

Following revelations that an estimated 45 percent of juveniles last year in Colorado faced delinquency cases without an attorney, lawmakers this week recommended legislation to address the deficiency.

But some prosecutors and lawmakers believe requiring attorneys for a youth offender limits parental rights, which could set up a partisan fight in the legislature next year.

Style Matters goes to a Fashion Show

Fashion in trendy Cherry Creek North
The Colorado Statesman

Long known as Denver’s premier shopping destination, the Business Improvement District of Cherry Creek North was ready to kick off its second annual fashion show, “Celebrate Fashion in Cherry Creek North,” last month.

Coloradans get schooled on Amendment 66

Proponents raise $8 million to convince voters
The Colorado Statesman

Proponents and opponents of a $950 million tax increase for schools have kicked their campaigns into high gear, hoping to educate voters before the November bell rings on Election Day.

As voters begin to receive their ballots in the mail, proponents have been using about $10.3 million to pump out television and radio advertising, among other expenditures.

In the last fundraising period, major contributions included $1.05 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Municipal elections galore

The Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 to represent the municipal interests of 267 cities and towns at the State Capitol, reports that 76 cities and towns will be holding elections on Nov. 5. Five have cancelled their elections because of a lack of candidates: Cripple Creek, Greenwood Village, Lamar, Las Animas, and Victor. Lochbuie has a recall scheduled for two trustees, and Rifle already held their regular election in September. The following is a round-up of the elections as reported by CML.

Finance Questions

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.