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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.

West Slope lawmakers talk TABOR, water at Club 20

Thurlow chimes in on effort to recall him: 'That's their right'
The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — A panel of seven Western Slope legislators — six Republicans and one Democrat — discussed diverse issues they’re working on in the state legislature at the Club 20 annual meeting on March 28, focusing on water, energy, the economy, TABOR and federal lands.

Letter: Fix the unregulated ‘e-voting’ bill

By Marilyn Marks

Dear Editor:

Ask almost any “man on the street” whether voters should cast ballots in their town’s mayoral race through unregulated “electronic transmission.” They will scoff at email and Internet voting — especially with no rules! Yet, over 95 percent of Colorado’s lawmakers voted “yes” for this bizarre idea, untried by any other state. How did HB1130 get to third reading in the second chamber without any publicly expressed concern by lawmakers?

CU's Benson complies uneasily with Democratic probe into climate professor

The Colorado Statesman

University of Colorado officials have turned over information — albeit grudgingly — on professor Roger Pielke Jr. to U.S. House Democrats on what he calls a “witch hunt” into the funding of certain climate scientists.

CU President Bruce Benson complied last week with a request by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., for Pielke’s salary, external funding sources and financial-disclosure forms as part of a probe into whether professors who deviate from the so-called “consensus” view on climate change receive fossil-fuel funding.

Severance tax is biggest fight so far in 2015-16 budget

The Colorado Statesman

The state Senate Monday issued its first votes on the 2015-16 state budget. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to pass the budget bill, Senate Bill 15-234; and a package of related budget bills.

The biggest budget fight may come from one of those related bills. SB 255 takes $20 million from the state’s severance tax fund and transfers it to the general fund. The bill passed on a 4-3 vote with bi-partisan opposition.

Klingenschmitt: In the Old Testament they stoned the prophets - Opinion

In the Old Testament, they didn't elect prophets. They stoned them. I didn't come here to be a career politician. I came to speak truth.

Long before I was elected HD15's State Representative, I served as an ordained minister, former Navy Chaplain, and I still preach two hours every Sunday in my private ministry on our national TV show.

When I decided to run for office, I thought I could keep doing both jobs. Most State Reps have two jobs. I thought I could wear two hats. Perhaps I was mistaken.