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Nicolais: Dwyer ruling won’t resolve K-12 funding debate

The Colorado Statesman

Earlier this week, the Colorado Supreme Court waded into the political battlefield of K-12 education funding.

Long the domain of complex legislative fights, the interplay between the state’s budgeting process and education funding mandates always seemed destined to end in court. Beginning with passage of Amendment 23 in 2000, the state has an obligation to increase “statewide base per pupil funding” every year, regardless of economic reality or budget constraints.

Guest Commentary

Montez: Colorado can’t afford a vacancy on our overworked federal court

Guest Contributor

The federal courts play a pivotal role, and often serve as a last resort, in protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans, which we saw this year when the freedom to marry was afforded to same-sex couples across the country. When courts are backlogged, it causes real harm to citizens — including LGBT citizens — and businesses that cannot get timely justice or resolution of disputes.

Guest Commentary

Bennet: Put Colorado families’ interests ahead of Washington special interests

Guest Contributor

It’s become a tradition in Washington, D.C. While Coloradans are making plans to visit Rocky Mountain National Park for the Elk Rut and changing leaves or prepping for Broncos tailgates, Congress begins preparations for a potential government shutdown.

No local or county government in Colorado – Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Tea Party – would shut down its government or risk a default to make a political point. But that is the reality in Washington.

Today's Political Cartoon

Walker, You're Fired.

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "Walker, You're Fired."

Matthews, Barbour, Brazile talk 9-11, national security and election politics in the summer of Trump

The Colorado Statesman

“It was 1989, and I was on the other side of the Berlin Wall,” said Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Denver 9/11 event remembers sacrifice, celebrates community

The Colorado Statesman

After Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock concluded brief introductory remarks, the packed conference hall at the Hyatt Regency downtown last Thursday night went quiet and dark. Four sailors stood stiff-backed on the stage wearing ghost-white uniforms glowing with stage light.

Primary Focus

Democrats Herod, Goldhamer square off to represent Denver’s House District 8

The Colorado Statesman

If voters based their support on candidates' last names (which they don't – probably), Aaron Goldhamer would cruise to victory in next year's state House District 8 race.

“People say, with a name like Goldhamer, you either need to join ‘The Strong Arm’ or be his arch-nemesis,” Goldhamer, an attorney, said of the well-advertised Denver lawyer Frank Azar.

“I think it's gonna take a lot of hard work beyond the mere name, but I think I'm gonna keep the name. I can tell you that much.”

Neville listens, prays as he weighs U.S. Senate run

The Colorado Statesman

LITTLETON — Few things can vie with a Denver Broncos game on a late-summer Sunday afternoon in the Denver metro area, but last Sunday the prospect that state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, might run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet was one of them.

A couple dozen Republicans put their Bronco-mania on hold for a little over an hour to crowd a classroom at the Church for All Nations in an otherwise quiet suburban strip mall for the last stop on Neville’s “listening tour,” meant to help him decide whether to challenge Bennet.

During visit to The CELL, Barbour takes long view on terrorism

The Colorado Statesman

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, in Denver last Thursday, likened the early 21st Century fight against terrorism to the fight against infectious disease in the 19th Century. He described it as an evil we can address and minimize through decades of research and education campaigns aimed at altering mentalities and everyday public practice. The United States, he said, is still in the beginning stages of the battle.

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce looks ahead after tough year at statehouse

The Colorado Statesman

It’s been a tough year for the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, at least at the State Capitol, where many of its legislative priorities ran aground.

The chamber held its annual membership meeting, drawing more than 1,000 to a luncheon on Friday the Grand Hyatt at the Colorado Convention Center. Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough began by welcoming members and celebrating successes.