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Polis: Continuing Colorado’s legacy of conservation

United States House of Representatives

Those who live here know that the sunrise from atop Quandary Peak, the alpenglow of the Gore Range, and mountain valleys flush with Columbine are at the core of Colorado’s character. Coloradans and tourists alike flock to our mountains and open spaces to ski, hike, mountain bike, hunt, and fish, among many other activities. In the process, they add billions to our state economy each year. It’s important that we sustain this natural resource and economic driver.

Columnist

Hudson: Summit examines NOCO transportation

The Colorado Statessman

You can read about someone else’s commute, but you can’t fully appreciate it without making the trip yourself. A 6:30 a.m. drive up U.S. 85 from Denver on Monday to the Northern Colorado Transportation Summit in Greeley proved instructive. Incoming traffic approaching the Queen City of the Plains was bumper-to-bumper for miles. The northbound lanes were crowded with a solid phalanx of 18-wheelers rumbling towards the gravel pits, industrial parks and construction sites abutting the highway in Adams and Weld counties. If you are wondering whether Colorado’s economy has truly recovered, the billboard employment ads along this highway, promising blue collar career opportunities, answer that question. On a recent drive to Mead on I-25, I witnessed even heavier traffic.

Courts

State Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislature’s use of the so-called negative factor to determine school funding is at issue in a lawsuit that was argued before the Colorado Supreme Court earlier this month.

The suit, Dwyer v. State of Colorado, alleges the state violated the intent of Amendment 23 by using the negative factor to decrease school funding, effectively rendering the constitutionally mandated increases in per-student funding meaningless.

Johnston letter responds to A.M.E. massacre

The Colorado Statesman

A state lawmaker this week wrote a powerful letter in response to the recent massacre that took place at a black South Carolina church — one he feels “every white person” should also write.

After news broke on Wednesday night that a white gunman had walked into a historic black church in Charleston, state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, drove to a Denver church in the middle of the night and taped a hand-written letter to the front door.

Letter to the Editor

Cook: An open letter to candidate Jeb Bush

Dear Gov. Bush:

I read, with some dismay, your announcement yesterday that you are running for president. Not that it was unexpected, mind you — you’ve been putting off this declaration for six months, apparently to skirt campaign finance laws. That makes sense since you are looking to gain the backing of this country’s elite Republicans, who feel entitled to make such decisions as who our nominee should be on behalf of all us “little people.” But it was still dismaying that you are choosing to run, not as a conservative that respects the Republican Party Platform, but as one who wants to fundamentally transform our party.

Letter to the Editor

Welker: Simple solution to immigration problems: Put citizens to work

Editor:

In response to Ernest Luning’s Colorado Statesman article on May 15, “Business, Agriculture Groups Call for Immigration Solutions from GOP,” I have a very simple solution.

Instead of bringing people from other countries to work in the U.S., we need to put U.S. citizens to work first. There are over 93 million citizens looking for work.

This week's political cartoon

On the attempted GOP coup d'etat: Lawyer Up

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "On the attempted GOP coup d'etat: Lawyer Up."

Guest Commentary

Stansbery: The Godfather: Part Deaux

Guest Contributor

How did Cynthia Coffman go from being Steve House’s very public mentor and champion to pulling the knives out for him 3 months later?

Guest Commentary

Corporon: GOP saga: ‘As the House Turns’

Guest Contributor

With apologies to fans of the iconic TV series As the World Turns, I realized today during our morning radio show that the drama unfolding around recently-elected Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House has all the elements of a daytime soap opera: melodramatic, tragic, morbidly humorous, shattered hopes and the capacity to last a long, long time.

Court rules companies can fire employees for off-duty pot use

The Colorado Statesman

Medical marijuana users in Colorado will risk being fired if they test positive for THC in violation of their employers’ policies.

In a 6-0 decision Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that in the state’s lawful activities statute, the “term ‘lawful’ refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law.”

Because marijuana use — medical or recreational — is illegal under federal statute, the court held that employers can fire workers who violate a company drug policy, despite marijuana being legal in the state.