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YESTERYEAR: Astronaut turned would-be Colorado congressman memorialized

Mark and George Lundeen, who sculpted the statue of Jack Swigert, proudly stood in front of their work in Statuary Hall in this May 1997 photo. (Statesman archives)
Twenty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … A statue of Jack Swigert, Apollo 13 astronaut, was unveiled in Washington D.C., memorializing the fallen Coloradan in Statuary Hall. Swigert died from cancer in 1982 just days before he was to be sworn in as Colorado’s first elected Congressman from the newly created 6th […]

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ICYMI: Buy out your boss, Louisville looks at mayor & Council salary hike and more

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Sick and tired of your boss making bad decisions? Think you could do better? Here’s your chance, hot shot. A bill, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. James Coleman and Republican state Sen. Jack Tate, was approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor to require the Colorado Office of Economic Development to

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Aguilar and Herod: What Colorado can do to support our immigrant communities

Sen. Irene Aguilar

Measures brought before the Colorado General Assembly in this legislative session have shown that the contentious national debate on immigration has been jolting our state’s politics as well. As the federal government has shifted its policies to penalize so-called sanctuary cities and aggressively deport immigrants, we’ve seen conflicting bills introduced here on whether our state […]

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Kagan: Gov. Hickenlooper should call special session

Daniel Kagan

As I write, Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating whether to call the Legislature into special session in order to pass a comprehensive transportation bill. He should do it, and give the Legislature a chance to resuscitate the transportation proposal that so narrowly failed during the regular session. Almost everyone agrees that we need to repair […]

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Noonan: Late session bill dance frustrates citizens and reduces oversight

Paula Noonan
The last full week of the 2017 General Assembly had 220 bills still unfinished, with three bills introduced within five days of the end of session. Five big bills, two negotiated for wins and three up in the air, were on the docket. SB17-267, the Sustainability of Rural Colorado bill, initially received support for its […]

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Nordberg: Democrats misguided business agenda is bad for Colorado

State Rep. Dan Nordberg

If there is one recurring theme in the state Legislature, it’s the division between Republicans and Democrats over the role of government. Serving in my third term as a legislator, I have been in countless debates over this issue and am always surprised how often Democrats are willing to inject more government into private sector […]

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Firestone tragedy unlikely to shake up Capitol oil and gas politics

In this April 18, 2017, photo, investigators stand by as debris is removed from a house that was destroyed in a deadly explosion in Firestone, Colo., on April 17. Anadarko Petroleum said Wednesday, April 26, that it operated a well about 200 feet (60 meters) from the house in the town of Firestone. The company didn't say whether the well was believed to be a factor in the explosion or whether it produced oil, gas or both. (Matthew Jonas/The Daily Times Call via AP)
A lot has changed in the wake of the oil and gas industry-linked explosion at the end of April in Firestone that killed two. Anadarko Petroleum shut down 3,000 wells. Matt Lepore, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director, spoke about conducting “an ongoing conversation about new safety measures” of one kind or another.

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Downs and Sengenberger: An insecure retirement plan for Colorado millennials

Albert Downs

The “Colorado Secure Savings Plan” (CSSP) — which passed the state House and then died in the Senate “kill committee” last week — would have established a government-run retirement savings fund, paid for by “automatic payroll deductions” and managed by an unelected board of trustees. Although the bill did not make it past the Senate’s […]

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