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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
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

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.

Polling places, pulpits, prayer and politics

A sin of mixing church and state or blessing of saving money?

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Over the past 20 years, Colorado Springs has earned a reputation for mixing religion and politics — from candidates touting conservative Christian values to thousands of voters flocking to campaign forums at New Life Church. Also blurring the line separating church and state, critics say, is that 73 percent of El Paso County’s polling places are located in churches.

CANDIDATES ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES

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 2 of candidate responses next week

QUESTION 1: What is the toughest challenge facing Colorado’s farmers today?

U.S. SENATE
Michael Bennet
Democratic Incumbent

Farmer-legislator Sonnenberg teaches his urban cousins at the Gold Dome

State representative is a strong advocate for agriculture

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Welcome to the middle of nowhere,” said Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg from his tractor’s cockpit.

It looks like rain. Clouds are slowly darkening the Eastern Plains sky.

“The only guy I ask for help out here is God,” said Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. “God bails me out on a number of occasions. I’m hoping he will bail me out with a little rain because we’re drying out.”

Colorado’s Commish of Ag is a local grown success

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dept. of Ag Commissioner John Stulp was looking forward to CSU’s Sept. 21 “Ag Day,” partly to sample the products and to cheer on the CSU Rams football team in their contest with Idaho (he got his wish — the Rams beat Idaho 36-34).

State emissions program auditors acknowledge padding of time sheets

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

With the General Assembly looking for coins in the sofa cushions these days, a recent audit of the state’s emissions program showed that auditors charged with reviewing the program are padding their time sheets or even turning in time sheets for audits they didn’t do. And while the state auditors didn’t call it fraud, the chair of the Legislative Audit Committee did not hesitate to call it that.

Hart’s new book is retrospective of political career

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — The Colorado politician who has come closest to being elected president reflects on his nearly four decades in public life in a recently published memoir and discussed his story last week at a downtown bookstore.

Former Congresswoman Schroeder keynotes Jeffco Dems gala

The Jefferson County Democrats hosted the 36th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner on September 19 at the Marriott Denver West. Judi Butz, the 2010 recipient of the “Eleanor Award” was recognized for her longtime work and volunteerism for the county Democratic Party and for Democratic candidates.

Schroeder says ‘really big bucks’ at root of nation’s political woes

Common Cause celebrates 40th anniversary

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The values espoused by Colorado Common Cause are in greater peril than ever, warned a former congresswoman whose public career spans nearly the same four decades as the good-government organization.