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House shaking up state GOP structure

The Colorado Statesman

Just weeks into his tenure as head of the Colorado Republican Party, former gubernatorial candidate Steve House says he’s shaking up the way the party runs things.

In his first public appearance since winning the chairmanship, House told a group of Douglas County Republicans last Friday that he’s forging ahead with one of his campaign promises, organizing the GOP to run like a business, with key positions operating under a “team of rivals” principle.

Yesteryear: From same sex marriage ban to work for idle miners

This week's political stroll down memory lane
The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … State Rep. Kevin Lundberg called the debate over a ban on same-sex marriages in Colorado “the most significant domestic issue of the decade.” The Berthoud Republican wouldn’t budge when House Democratic Caucus Chair Angie Paccione asked if he really meant that the issue trumped the state’s fiscal crisis, health care, education or jobs. “Either marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively or anything goes,” he said.

Bridge dominates Glenwood Springs council races

Who best to manage transportation construction project?
The Colorado Statesman

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A single issue — replacing the narrow, decades old Highway 82 bridge that connects the north side of town with the south — dominates the two contested races in the Glenwood Springs city council election, with mail balloting underway now.

It’s not that the issue is controversial — all the candidates agree that the dangerous bridge must be replaced while the Colorado Department of Transportation is offering funds to complete the project.

Williams: Bill package moving to improve public trust

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Last fall, the West Steps of the Capitol were the scene of almost daily demonstrations by students and others motivated by what they saw as racial bias in deadly police encounters with minorities.

Those demonstrations were mainly motivated by incidents in other states. But they resonated here in Colorado because our state, unfortunately, has had problems of its own.

The trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve is damaged. Without public support, law enforcement — a difficult job but one that’s essential to a free society — becomes even harder.

Lawrence: School violence reporting in Colorado needs to be more transparent

Special to The Colorado Statesman

In December 2013, a heartbreaking event occurred in Colorado when a student entered Arapahoe High School and proceeded to shoot and kill one of his classmates before turning the gun on himself. This tragedy, which shook communities across Colorado, revealed significant gaps in the laws requiring schools to report violent incidents. Due to a clerical error in the reporting process for these types of incidents in schools, this shooting did not appear on Arapahoe High School’s school violence report for the 2013-14 school year.

Club 20: AG defends Colorado's legal pot regulations

Coffman: 'It certainly makes for great headlines'
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is vigorously, if reluctantly, defending Colorado’s legislation regulating marijuana against a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma, stating to Club 20 that a recent indictment of 32 people pretending to be medical marijuana growers shows that Colorado is striving to prevent illegally grown pot from entering other states.

Long Bill makes way out of Senate

The Colorado Statesman

Ten hours, almost 90 amendments, and in the end, a balanced budget left the state Senate Thursday on its way to the House.

The Senate, Thursday morning, voted 21-14 to approve the state’s $26.4 billion 2015-16 budget. The approval came after a marathon session that lasted until almost 11 p.m. the previous night. But the budget did not leave the Senate chamber without rancor from Democrats who claimed their priorities were ignored.

The budget changed little during Wednesday’s debate, despite dozens of efforts by both caucuses.

Law enforcement package on the move

The Colorado Statesman

The General Assembly this week took action on six bills that are part of the law enforcement “Rebuilding Trust” package. All but one passed, but it became clear Tuesday that law enforcement agencies are not on board with the whole package.

Senators talk terror

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, in the midst of weighing a presidential bid, said on Wednesday in Denver that he would be willing to commit troops abroad to fight terrorists if it will keep the fight overseas.

“I can’t think of a way to defend this nation without some of us being over there,” the South Carolina Republican said at a discussion on the U.S. response to violent extremism. “Here’s the good news,” he added. “Most of the people in the region are not buying what these nut jobs are selling.”

Trans-Pacific trade agreement supporters, opponents spar

Polis: 'I support expanding export opportunities for our local businesses'
The Colorado Statesman

Deeply divided supporters and opponents of a deal that would allow the United States to enter into a trade agreement with 12 mostly Asian/Pacific countries are not giving up any ground.

The stark disagreement was on display Monday night when U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, hosted a lively discussion on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.