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Clash building over plan to de-Bruce education

An education group, with the support so far of Front Range Democratic lawmakers, is planning to ask voters this November to allow the state to keep more tax money for public schools. It’s a proposal that anti-tax groups would vigorously oppose. Lisa Weil, executive director of Great Education Colorado, said her group is still in […]

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Ugly sweater-clad influentials breeze into annual R&R holiday party

The Colorado office of R&R Partners hosted their annual holiday party on what became a snow-packed evening for the metro area last Tuesday, December 15th. Billed as an “ugly sweater party”, the event drew a collection of unique attire, and some prominent names from the state’s political and business communities. R&R Partners is one of […]

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Boom-time auto dealers will press lawmakers to streamline tax regime

Tim Jackson, president and CEO of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, will be pushing lawmakers next year to simplify the patchwork tax regime in Colorado that he said places an enormous burden on businesses in the state. “Colorado has the most complicated structure,” he said Thursday at an event hosted by the free-enterprise and business-promotion […]

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Bipartisan ‘odd couple’ pushes for greater access to public records

Democratic lawmakers have teamed with the libertarian Independence Institute to craft 2016 legislation that would lower a major hurdle for Coloradans seeking access to public records. In an unusual pairing of players from opposite sides of the political spectrum, state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, and state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, are working with liberty-politics […]

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Noonan: Buildings can make us stupid, or not, depending

Energy-tight buildings reduce our thinking capacity unless they’re properly ventilated, according to a Harvard University and Syracuse University double-blind study conducted recently. Who knew? After spending decades making our buildings more energy efficient, it turns out that the CO2 and volatile organic compounds trapped in these “tight” buildings can make us dumb. The Harvard School […]

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Lamm vows young generation will bury segregation

Fifty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Denver attorney Richard Lamm, the vice president of the Young Democrats of Colorado, wrote a series of columns about the thinking of the young generation, tackling subjects that included civil rights, conservation and the national debt. “It will surprise no one to say that my […]

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Suthers, Ritchie among citizenship honorees

Gov. John Hickenlooper last week awarded the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Citizenship medals to five individuals and organizations to recognize “meritorious contributions to strengthen Colorado communities and develop new opportunities for Coloradans throughout the state,” his office announced. Recipients of the medals, bestowed by Hickenlooper at a ceremony last Thursday at the Governor’s Residence, included Colorado […]

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Hadley gets facts wrong on ColoradoCare

Editor: In a guest commentary by Hadley Heath Manning published by The Colorado Statesman earlier this month, she states: “According to the state government, a single-payer healthcare system would cost about $25 billion annually, effectively doubling the state budget, and increasing payroll taxes by 10 percent.” First: She writes that this is “a single-payer healthcare […]

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Farber demonstrates second to none mastery of politics

Hillary Clinton’s go to Viking, a man with bona fide political chops A television screen filled with images of protesters and vigils and presidential candidates competes for space on one of Denver attorney Steve Farber’s office walls, chock-a-block between framed newspaper clippings, memorabilia and photographs of Farber with some of the most recognizable faces in […]

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An abundance of fun wines help make the holidays merry and bright

While retailers often give special status to “Black Friday,” the putative date on which most retail businesses become profitable for the year, in the beverage business we talk about “O-N-D,” which stands for October-November-December. These are the months in which wine, beer, and spirits purveyors sell the vast majority of their products. There are no […]

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