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This week's political cartoon

When will the jury weigh in?

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "When will the jury weigh in?"

Denver pot initiative could steer legislative response to thorny public use question

The Colorado Statesman

Denver voters could dictate how a marijuana consumption bill is crafted at the Capitol next year, if an initiative that allows pot use at some city businesses makes it on the November ballot.

But, regardless of what happens in Denver, state lawmakers must soon address the issue over what constitutes as public or private marijuana use, said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont.

The thorniness around that issue has led to a charged debate over where pot users, especially tourists, can legally consume the drug.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Browns Canyon Monument will drive Colorado’s economy

Editor:

On Saturday, Sen. Bennet, Gov. Hickenlooper, and Colorado residents gathered in Buena Vista to celebrate President Obama’s recent commitment to protecting America’s public lands through his designation of Browns Canyon as a national monument.

Browns Canyon National Monument, a favorite spot of many Coloradans, is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations, drawing tourists from across the world. It is a beautiful place for hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, birding, climbing and horseback riding.

Guest Commentary

Monson: Just say ‘no’ to those federal funds

Guest Contributor

Great societies care about how they treat their neighbors and are concerned about the legacy they pass on to their children. Recently, Lone Tree City Council voted on three intergovernmental agreements to help fund the Southeast Light Rail Extension. The overriding issue is accepting federal money for regional projects. America was founded on the idea that projects benefitting a certain region be paid for by that region.

Guest Commentary

Buck: The country is ready for a strong woman leader, and her name is Carly

Guest Contributor

The United States is ready for a female president. We’re ready for Carly, not Hillary.

State of Style

Summer is all about flying your fashion flag

The Colorado Statesman

Waving the flag of fashion

Jeffco recall organizers say they expect to wrap petition drive by weekend

The Colorado Statesman

The petition effort to oust three conservative Jefferson County school board members is going so well that organizers say they are expecting to wrap up the signature gathering process by this weekend.

That comes on the heels of a robust campaign fundraising haul that left organizers energized about the recall effort, one that was recently launched by three Jeffco parents.

“We are seeing that the community is really coming together behind these parents,” said Lynea Hansen, a spokeswoman for Jeffco United for Action, the group behind the recall effort.

Colorado Capitol Watch

Noonan: No hobby in the lobby, it's all business at the Capitol

Colorado Capitol Watch

Citizens wonder whether lobbyists run the show down at the Capitol. Actually, the lobbying world operates like a rugby scrum, with players changing teams all the time, often just as they’re huddling up for the game.

Lobbying, in short, is not for the faint of heart.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Watchers dog Bruce in ethics imbroglio

Editor:

Thank you for your coverage of convicted felon Douglas Bruce’s recent appearance in Denver District Court, where he is facing charges that he has violated the terms of his probation since his release from jail three years ago.

Jeffco recall organizers say they expect to wrap petition drive in days

The Colorado Statesman

The petition effort to oust three conservative Jefferson County school board members is going so well that organizers say they are expecting to wrap up the signature gathering process by this weekend.

Lynea Hansen, a spokeswoman for Jeffco United for Action, the group behind the recall effort, said Tuesday that the group is “over half way” to their signatures goal.

And, Hansen said, there are more than 1,000 petitions still being circulated. Petition circulators are being asked to turn in their signatures soon so organizers can start verifying names.