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Counterterrorism experts share views at CELL event

The Colorado Statesman

Two of the nation’s leading experts on counterterrorism abroad spoke in Denver on Tuesday at a time when international tensions are flaring over an Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip and extremists continue to occupy large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Obama raises hopes, money, in Denver

But top Democratic officials skip event
The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama boasted about the nation’s economic recovery since he took office and slammed congressional Republicans for blocking steps that used to be uncontroversial during a speech to several hundred invited guests at Denver’s Cheesman Park on Wednesday morning.

“Despite what you may hear, there is no doubt we are making progress,” Obama told the cheering crowd. “By almost every measure, we are better off than when I took office.”

What really caused Tancredo to lose the GOP primary — in his own words

Establishment forces in Colorado and nationwide targeted my candidacy

Editor’s Note: The following commentary was written by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo, who lost the June 24 primary to Bob Beauprez. It was first published at Inc. on July 11, 2014 and reprinted in The Colorado Statesman with the expressed permission of Tom Tancredo.

A slice of pizza, a sip of beer, a game of pool...

The Colorado Statesman

The bear was loose in a big way on Tuesday night in Denver.

President Barack Obama this week passed through Denver — the city where he accepted the nomination for president six years ago — to raise money for Democratic Senate candidates and make a speech about the economy, but found time to play a game of pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper and shake hands with someone wearing a horse head mask during about 20 hours in town. He also had dinner at a popular LoDo eatery with five Coloradans who had written letters to the White House.

Potential for real food fight if GMO labeling makes ballot

Drive comes following failed legislative attempts
The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a proposed ballot initiative that would require labeling of genetically modified foods are nearing the end of their signature drive, setting up a real food fight between citizens and producers.

The Right to Know initiative has collected about 90,000 signatures. They must collect at least 86,105 valid signatures by Aug. 4 in order to make the November ballot.

Energy independence fuels debate at confab

The Colorado Statesman

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce sponsored an all day Energy Expo at the Convention Center last Friday. Exhibitors helped stuff swag bags for the free event with everything from water bottles to breath mints. An all-of-the-above philosophy was evidenced by representation from wind farms, solar cell manufacturers and other sustainable technologies to more traditional fossil fuel giants, including oil and gas producers — even the Colorado Mining Association (think clean coal). NOKERO Solar has developed a solar light bulb for markets in the third world without reliable electricity.

15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon honors those ‘getting it right’

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth welcomed guests and honorees to the 15th Annual Wirth Chair Sustainability Awards Luncheon on June 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. The awards luncheon was sponsored by the University of Colorado chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy established in 1993 to honor Wirth.

Mark Safty, who is the current occupant of the Wirth chair, honored individuals, organizations and entire industries for their achievements helping balance economic, environmental and social welfare objectives, which are the stated purposes of the chair.

No elephant convention in Denver in 2016

The Colorado Statesman

Did parading elephants and a smiling quarterback trump briefcases and flowcharts? Or are Republicans more covetous of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes than Colorado’s nine? Maybe it all came down to dollars and cents, and Denver’s lack of fundraising commitments doomed the city’s chances.

Whatever the elements of the decision, Denver won’t be the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention, a GOP selection committee said on Wednesday when it announced that Dallas and Cleveland were the surviving finalists. Kansas City, Mo., was also eliminated from consideration.

The Clintons take their Initiative to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

The Clintons — former President Bill, former Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary and former First Daughter Chelsea — took Denver by storm this week as the Clinton Global Initiative America settled into town for three days of meetings.

Former state Sen. Mary Ellen Epps passes away

Former state Sen. Mary Ellen Epps, a long-time Republican who represented the Colorado Sprins area, died on June 6 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. She was 79.

Epps served six terms in the House, from 1986-1998. She then served one term in the Senate, from 1998-2002. She represented the Fountain and Security-Widefield areas.