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Colorado towns, cities endorse broadband, bees

Colorado Municipal League

On Tuesday, more than 80 cities and towns across Colorado held municipal elections. Results are as follows:


Legislative battle could be brewing over SCFD renewal

Colorado Statesman

A legislative battle might be brewing over the scheduled renewal of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, slated for the ballot next November.

The SCFD Board of Directors late last month approved a plan that will be introduced to the General Assembly in January, including a readjustment to the funding formula providing for a modest increase to smaller arts organizations, based on recommendations from a task force established earlier in the year.

Guest Commentary

Fields: TABOR, the hospital provider fee and protecting taxpayers

Guest Contributor

As the legislative session ended earlier this year, Senate President Bill Cadman went on the radio and called a bill to exempt the hospital provider fee from the limits provided under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, the No. 1 bad idea of the session.

Yesterday, Gov. Hickenlooper unveiled his proposed 2017 state budget. It is a $27 billion proposal — and it does set aside money for TABOR refunds. But in an interview last week, the governor made the end game clear: He is not going to give up on his efforts to tear down TABOR.

Strode: Former Gov. Lamm backs universal health care


Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm is playing an active role supporting the proposed Initiative 20, dubbed “ColoradoCare,” the ballot measure to provide universal health care in Colorado. Although he admits it’s an “uphill battle,” Lamm, a Democrat, says he’s solidly behind it. In the first part of a two-part interview with Catherine Strode, Lamm discusses the ballot measure and what he views as needed changes in the U.S. health care system.

Why are you backing universal health care in Colorado?

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The Gazette: Why we published the name of the gunman

Guest Contributor

[Ed. Note: Below is a column penned by The Gazette's editor Joanna Bean about why the Colorado Springs paper decided to publish the name of the person identified as the shooter in this weekend's murders. It’s reprinted with permission via the Colorado Press Association.]

Within hours of the first shots fired near downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday, the questions began: who was the shooter and why wouldn't police release his name? By afternoon, this much was known: a gunman had opened fire on three people near Platte Avenue and Prospect Street, then died in a shootout with police.

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Littwin: On the Colorado Springs open-carry killing

When a Colorado Springs resident sees a distraught neighbor cradling an AR-15 and calls the police, the dispatcher says there’s no law being broken — until there is.
Guest Contributor

What do you do if you see a neighbor walking down the street carrying a rifle, looking, well, distraught?

You don’t know his name, but you’ve seen him more than a few times and he looks somehow different. Plus, he’s carrying a rifle in broad daylight and you think you ought to report that to someone.

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Blake: Attorney General Coffman’s greatest ally is 2003-era Ken Salazar

Guest Contributor

Former Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar is no fan of current AG Cynthia Coffman’s participation in a multi-state suit against President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.”

The suit is “out of step with the role and responsibilities of an attorney general,” Salazar told The Denver Post.

But what Salazar did as AG a dozen years ago, before he was a U.S. senator and Interior secretary, may help her prevail.

Hickenlooper, Salazar fire up Clinton supporters

The Colorado Statesman

Hundreds of supporters of Hillary Clinton packed the north Denver home of former Interior Secretary and former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar on Monday for an organizing event meant to “catapult” the presidential candidate out of the 2016 caucuses to the Democratic nomination.

“We’ve got to make sure the news coming out of Colorado isn’t just good, it’s really, really good,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper, urging those at the get-together to commit to attending the March 1 Democratic caucuses and, while they’re at it, bring a few neighbors to support Clinton.

Guest Commentary

Groff: Treating teachers like professionals

Guest Contributor

It is amazing what treating teachers like professionals can do for teacher retention and student achievement. Rather than force teachers to take a vow of poverty and treat them all the same, regardless of how effective they are in the classroom, in recent years the Douglas County School Board has transformed its treatment of teachers, and the reforms are reaping incredible results.

Wheat Ridge issue committee faces campaign finance scrutiny

The Colorado Statesman

A Wheat Ridge issue committee formed to support Initiative 300 in the city may have broken the state of Colorado’s campaign finance laws, and is having their activities questioned by the Wheat Ridge City Attorney while raising concern from the mayor and raising eyebrows among citizens alike.