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Littwin: After the Lafayette shooting, the jury is still out on us

The Colorado Independent

The shooter, we’re told, was a drifter, a word you rarely hear outside Hollywood westerns. But this couldn’t be a western, because in the West, they took your guns at the town limits. Or at least that’s how they did it in the movies.

News From Yesteryear

Allard, Martinez weigh Senate bids; Hart staffers meet with 'no agenda' in Vail

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Candidates for the U.S. Senate seat up in 1996 were starting to emerge. U.S. Rep. Wayne Allard had set up shop at a Lakewood office building, smack in the middle of Jefferson County and well outside his 4th Congressional District, fueling speculation that he was planning a run for the Republican Senate nomination.

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Denver city council turnover marks end of an era

The Colorado Statesman

It was certainly a shock to me when Michael Hancock, who graduated from Manual High School with my son, was elected Mayor four years ago. Pundits like to dwell on the theory of generational change following each election. Jeanne Faatz and Charlie Brown, who left the Denver City Council this past week, were first elected to the Legislature a few years either side of 1980. They were part of the first wave of Colorado politicians who were children of the ‘60s; veterans of Viet Nam and candidates who could claim John Kennedy’s call to public service had resonated in their lives.

Hancock sworn in for 2nd term as Denver mayor

Affordable housing, college assistance programs touted at inauguration
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was sworn in for a second term standing alongside his wife, Mary Louise Lee, on Monday before a cheering crowd of roughly 1,000 at the city’s downtown Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Ex-security advisor Abrams blasts Iran deal at Aspen AIPAC event

The Colorado Statesman

ASPEN – Bush administration deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams told a pro-Israel gathering here Wednesday the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal will likely result in the exact thing it’s intended to prevent: a nuclear-armed Iran with intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Biden praises state’s workforce plan, plugs free community college progam

The Colorado Statesman

Vice President Joe Biden came to Denver Tuesday afternoon to make a case for the Obama administration’s post-recession economic policies and affordable education as a key component of the nation’s economic recovery. He also touted the White House’s push for free community college education.

Biennial panelists wrestle with questions of drug legalization

The Colorado Statesman

The Biennial of the Americas Festival in Denver closed with a symposium designed to goose the interest of delegates last Thursday evening called “Legalization: The Next phase in the War on Drugs?” Gov. John Hickenlooper was joined by former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos; Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and moderator Tina Brown, former editor at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Biennial panel discusses how to help women thrive in business

The Colorado Statesman

Thrive was the word of the day at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Biennial of the Americas Festival last Wednesday.

The luncheon featured a panel moderated by Alicia Menendez, anchor of FUSION’s “Come Here and Say That,” and included Patricia Milligan, senior partner and global leader for Mercer, and Danielle Saint-Lot, ambassador-at-large for the Republic of Haiti and founder of the Haiti Women’s Foundation.

The two discussed how to help women thrive, both in the workforce and in developing countries, such as Haiti.

Foreign-policy experts call for larger U.S. role in Middle East at CELL event

The Colorado Statesman

Two foreign-policy experts told a sold-out Denver crowd Wednesday that the Obama administration and its successor need to take a more active role in the Middle East as threats to the region’s stability intensify.

Former U.S. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill and American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar Mary Habeck didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but they did agree that a hands-off policy toward the Middle East is not an option as terrorist groups ISIS and al Qaeda expand their influence.

Wayposts

Hudson moves to AG's office, Gelt joins Akerman firm

Hudson named PIO for AG Coffman

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman this week named Roger Hudson as the Department of Law’s public information officer and communications director.