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Sanders crowds could mean momentum, might just mean voters aren't settled yet

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's recent trip to Denver left the campaign buoyed by the buzz generated from the lively and overflowing crowd that came to hear him speak.

“There was tremendous enthusiasm at that event,” said Harlin Savage, a Sanders campaign media coordinator. “I was even surprised.”

But political analysts think the Sanders campaign ought to curb its enthusiasm.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Deepest condolences from Denver GOP

Editor:

The senseless tragedy we witnessed this week at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., is an indication that hate derived from racism is still a problem in the United States. We have made great strides in our country, but we still have a long way to go.

Sanders rocks Denver crowd, calls for ‘political revolution’

The Colardo Statesman

Neil Young's music was blasting inside the University of Denver on Saturday night — but he wasn't the rock star the frenzied crowd had come to hear.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders electrified supporters with a fiery, populist message that resonated with the thousands that packed DU's Hamilton Gymnasium.

Not long after stepping up to the podium to Young's “Rockin' in the Free World” — and to chants of “Bernie, Bernie!” — the Vermont senator took aim at a national economic system that he feels benefits the rich and leaves the poor and middle-class behind.

News from Yesteryear

Gore wows donors and delegates, Jabs blasts JOA, Shavano Institute gets new name

The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Vice President Al Gore took the state “by storm” in a two-day presidential campaign visit that kicked off with a $200,000 fundraiser at a Cherry Hills Village home. Denver Mayor Wellington Webb introduced the veep and sang the praises of the Gore-Clinton administration, as some wags were calling it, owing to the nearly daily upward revision of Gore’s importance and influence.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling deals another defeat to Obamacare foes

Colorado players cheer, assail health care decision
The Colorado Statesman

The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding Obamacare subsidies on federally run state exchanges had no direct impact on Colorado, which has its own state-run exchange — but you wouldn’t know that from the reaction.

Colorado supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheered the high court’s 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell, which allows the federal government to continue providing financial assistance to consumers who purchase policies on Healthcare.gov.

Guest Columnist

Fields: Déjà vu: a preview of government-run health care

Guest Contributor

Is Colorado ready for yet another round of government-run health care? I know I’m certainly not.

In recent days, a campaign called ColoradoCare launched a ballot initiative for a single-payer health insurance system. It would give the state complete control over our health insurance and health care, basically by eliminating private insurance and making doctors employees of the state.

If this whole scenario is giving you déjà vu, it’s because it should. Colorado has already had a preview of what state-run health care looks like. And, thanks to the Colorado’s insurance exchange, we now know that it’s unaccountable, unreliable, and frankly unaffordable.

Capitol Watch

Noonan: One lawmaker obeyed 5-bill rule, everyone else ran red lights

Colorado Capitol Watch

State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg was a busy legislator in the 2015 General Assembly. He sponsored 42 bills. As a new guy in the Senate after years in the House, he enjoyed the power of the majority, though 15 of those bills didn’t get through. He was able to round up support despite a passed-bill voting record of 291 Yes votes to 74 No votes, which might cause some hard feelings.

Sonnenberg saved farmer and rancher water rights by killing HB15-1259, which would have allowed non-rurals to collect rain runoff from their roofs to water gardens. Crying foul, he said collecting any precipitation was like “stealing flowers” from a neighbor’s yard. The bill’s sponsors were urban and suburban Democrats. City folk, often recipients of mockery from farming and ranching legislators, are still scratching their heads on that one.

Clinic founder: Lowering barriers to health care

Advocacy Denver

Jim García founded Clinica Tepeyac 23 years ago. A community-based health center, it provides primary and behavioral health care, and health education to Metro Denver’s medically underserved, predominantly Latino population. Many patients are undocumented. The clinic’s capacity has grown to handle 20,000 patient visits annually. In an interview with Catherine Strode, García discussed how he separates the issue of health care disparities with politics.

Catherine Strode: What levels of immigration status make patients eligible for treatment?

Transportation

Officials rip stopgap road bills at launch of U.S. 36 milestone

The Colorado Statesman

An Obama transportation department official urged Congress to pass a long-term highway funding bill during a visit to Broomfield this week.

Deputy Transportation Secretary Victor Mendez was in town on Monday to take part in a ceremony marking a milestone in the massive, ongoing U.S. 36 construction project.

Speaking outside Broomfield's First Bank Center, Mendez said the politics in Washington, D.C., “are very difficult right now” when it comes to funding the country’s roads and bridges.

Courts

U.S. Supreme Court set to report whether it will hear TABOR case

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado court watchers are waiting with bated breath for the nation’s highest court to say whether it will consider a case challenging the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t considering the merits of a 2011 lawsuit, brought by a group of current and former elected officials, including state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, and House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder. Instead, the court is expected to announce whether justices are granting certiorari and will hear the case or whether they’re sending it back to a lower court.