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Independence Institute Founders’ Night Dinner rife with conservative philosophy, good-natured ribbing

By Ernest Luning

Even though a handful of newly elected officials sat in front of him, Independence Institute President Jon Caldara kicked off his organization’s gala fundraiser with a toast instead to their counterparts, a cohort of prominent politicians, each with household names, who have gone down to defeat at the polls.

Court: Homeowners group exempt from disclosure

By Jimy Valenti

A federal appellate court ruling brings more questions than answers after the court ruled that a small group of Douglas County homeowners who fought annexation in 2006 did not need to disclose their finances.

Ethics Watch releases report highlighting misbehaviors and misdeeds

Loopholes and lack of enforcement also cited

Ethics Watch this week released Ethics Roundup 2010: Colorado’s Ethics Agenda, the organization’s third annual report highlighting misbehaviors and misdeeds affecting the state of ethics in Colorado government, and, new this year, the loopholes or lack of enforcement that enable these violations of the public trust.

Former VA Secretary Nicholson honored with official portrait

Jim Nicholson, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. earlier this month to unveil his official portrait.

Andrew Romanoff’s Ethiopian Journal

Dear Colorado,

I arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday night, 23 hours after leaving Denver. The Frankfurt airport now seems as distant as its charm.??

State to cover yet another shortfall

By Marianne Goodland

September revenue forecasts bring October cuts. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like “April showers bring May flowers,” but you get the idea.

Udall visits Afghanistan, sees corruption first hand

By Jimy Valenti

After returning from a trip to the Middle East, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, said significant security gains have been achieved in Afghanistan, but that pervasive corruption threatens to undermine the nine-year war.


U.S. Senate, Congressional hopefuls address Colorado ag issues

Colorado’s major party candidates for the U.S. Senate and Congress were asked by The Colorado Statesman to respond to a series of questions regarding agricultural and farm issues. Scott Tipton, Republican candidate in CD 3, and Ryan Frazier, Republican candidate in CD 7, declined to participate. Part 1 appeared last week.


It may sound corny, but watermelons are a blast for farmer Greg Brophy

Rural statesman combines love of the land with legislating

By Anthony Bowe

No crop on state Sen. Greg Brophy’s farm — not his corn covering 220 acres, or the wheat, alfalfa or dry edible beans that he sometimes grows — is as joy inspiring as his juicy watermelons.

Colorado 4-H inducts its inaugural Hall of Fame class

Colorado 4-H introduced its inaugural Hall of Fame members earlier this month, recognizing 11 individuals, including two former U.S. Senators, the president of a major Colorado university and a renowned animal behavior expert.