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Redistricting trial underway in Denver

The Colorado Statesman

A trial in Denver District Court to determine Colorado’s new congressional boundaries got underway on Tuesday with little fanfare. Opening statements, as expected, were made for either making changes based on shifting populations and interests, or maintaining the status quo and causing “minimum disruption” to the state’s current boundaries.

Denver school board race steeped in politics

The Colorado Statesman

Denver school board candidates who consider themselves “outsiders” are accusing three other candidates of working together as a kind of unofficial slate backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. The detractors contend that a school reform agenda initially spearheaded by former DPS Superintendant and current U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — and now being carried out by his successor, Tom Boasberg — is behind the effort to secure three of Denver’s seven school board seats that will be decided Nov. 1 in an all-mail election.

DORA releases 2011 sunset reviews

Barbara J. Kelley, executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), released nine sunset reviews this week, which provide recommendations to the Colorado General Assembly to repeal unnecessary regulation in state government programs or divisions, and enhance the performance of continued programs.

“We take our charge to ensure government programs are necessary and efficient very seriously. The Sunset review process fits hand in glove with the Governor’s mandate to make government more efficient, more effective and more elegant,” said Kelley.

Cop chief is priority for Mayor

The Colorado Statesman

As Denver Mayor Michael Hancock approaches a decision on hiring a new police chief, dozens of residents let the mayor know what kind of chief they’d like him to pick at a town hall on Monday night at Manual High School.

“We hope the person you select will have sensitivity to all the communities you represent in Denver,” said the Rev. Timothy Tyler, pastor of the Shorter Community AME Church, one of about 20 residents who trooped to a microphone to tell a selection committee what Denver needs in its new top cop.

Rural groups file brief to keep 'communities of interest' together

Club 20, Progressive 15, Action 22
Western Slope Correspondent

GRAND JUNCTION — Club 20, the lobbying and promotional group for Colorado's Western Slope for nearly 60 years, has gone to court for the first time to advocate for its position.

The organization, with support from Progressive 15 and Action 22, like-purposed groups for northern and southern Colorado, respectively, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Denver District Court calling for preservation of “communities of interest” in congressional redistricting.

Panel recommends large-scale reform

Get rid of Tabor, Amendment 23
Special to The Colorado Statesman

A bipartisan panel comprised of academic, civic and business leaders recommended this week that Colorado dump a constitutional provision that limits state revenue and another that mandates education spending. The University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on State Government also unveiled proposals to separate funding for state services into individual, dedicated revenue streams, enact a “Taxpayer Value Council” and fund all public schools and colleges through transferable vouchers for students.

Local businesses rally against 300

Local businesses and employees — many from the restaurant industry — ralied on Oct. 3 against Initiative 300, the paid sick leave measure on the Denver ballot that they say creates red tape for them and their service providers and adds nearly $700,000 to the city’s annual budget shortfall.

Romanoff and iDE seek long-term free market solution to poverty

The Colorado Statesman

Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff no longer has the sparkle for politics that once beamed from his eyes. These days, the Denver Democrat and former U.S. Senate primary candidate has found the motivation for a new drive — eradicating poverty in the world’s poorest, most rural areas.

Kelly Brough meets her match at 'I Have a Dream' roast

The Colorado Statesman

When attorney Cole Finegan learned that Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Brough had good naturedly agreed to a grilling at this year’s Colorado “I Have a Dream” roast on Sept. 20, he began salivating at the prospect of getting even with the woman who succeeded him as chief of staff for then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. “When Mary Hanewall and Steve Kaplan called me,” Finegan related about the “I Have a Dream Foundation” executive director and board member, “I just said, ‘Thank you God, you’ve finally delivered.’”

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Obama fights for jobs bill as 'warrior for the working class' in Denver visit
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama brought the campaign for his jobs bill to a sun-drenched parking lot outside Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver on Tuesday.

Calling himself a “warrior for the working class,” a peppy Obama repeatedly urged Republicans in Congress to “pass the bill,” a $447 million proposal he said combines tax cuts for working families and small businesses with increased spending on infrastructure and government jobs, including teachers.