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Moby Bruce

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "Moby Bruce."

Bremer calls for robust foreign policy, faults majority of GOP candidates’ qualifications

The Colorado Statesman

L. Paul Bremer III has some specific ideas about the foreign policy leadership he wants to see from the next occupant of the White House. But he told a gathering of Arapahoe County Republicans on Friday that most of the current crop of GOP presidential candidates “are not qualified” to lead the world.

Bremer, the administrator of Iraq under President George W. Bush, delivered remarks at the Arapahoe County GOP Lincoln Day dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora, which was also attended by the headliner’s brother El Paso County Republican stalwart Duncan Bremer and his family.

Guest Commentary

Pregent: A principled, noble ‘no’ vote is the only way to a better deal

Guest Contributor

In light of recent developments, we would like to present those undecided and even those who have come out in favor of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with an argument for a fact-based, principled “no” vote against the nuclear deal with Iran.

Guest Commentary

Ruscha: Undermining the Iran deal would be a dangerous move

Guest Contributor

President Barack Obama has secured a veto-proof majority in the Senate to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran. Unfortunately for the White House, his opponents would prefer that we not join the U.N. Security Council, the Arab States of the Persian Gulf and most of the world in endorsing a deal that keeps Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Chatter

Chatter: Neville prays about Senate bid while Bennet leadership flails

Making big waves this week, state Sen. Tim Neville’s announcement that he is thinking about making another announcement — possibly, after prayer and reflection, and doing some listening touring-type stuff with folks around the state first — has caused quite a stir in the political hen-house. Like an electronic precursor to an earthquake, we at The Colorado Statesman felt this one rumbling before it hit when chatter went a-swirling through political and social media pipelines at the beginning of the week.

Bennet can't escape heat on Iran vote even after deal gets veto-proof support

The Colorado Statesman

President Obama secured a 34-vote, veto-proof Senate majority Wednesday in favor of the nuclear deal with Iran, but that doesn’t mean U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet can relax.

The White House is now aiming for a 41-vote majority in order to block a Senate vote on the agreement, meaning that the Democrat Bennet is still under pressure from both sides in what is emerging as one of the most divisive and closely watched votes of his career.

Brauchler elaborates on his deliberations over possible run for U.S. Senate seat

The Colorado Statesman

George Brauchler is considering a run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. But the district attorney hasn’t made any progress on that decision over the last seven months, he told The Colorado Statesman Friday evening.

Brauchler, serving his first term as prosecutor for the18th Judicial District, was commenting on a Denver Post article, posted late Friday, that said he was considering a run for the seat currently held by Democrat Michael Bennet.

Governor would consider EPA Superfund request for mines if local officials get behind designation

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper would consider requesting that abandoned mines near Silverton be designated an EPA Superfund site and placed on the National Priority List if there’s enough local support, a spokeswoman told The Colorado Statesman this week.

“The governor would certainly consider making the request [to the EPA] if there is broad local community support,” Hickenlooper spokeswoman Kathy Green said, adding that the governor has had several talks with local officials and the EPA Superfund topic has come up.

Guest Commentary

Sebern: Unbound Republican delegates in ’16: why does it matter?

Guest Contributor

Last week the Colorado Republican Party State Executive Committee voted against holding a straw poll at Colorado’s caucuses in 2016. Colorado Republican delegates will be unbound at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. What's the big deal about a straw poll?

First, some background on the Colorado straw poll:

• The Colorado GOP has held exactly three straw polls: in 2008, 2010 and 2012. 


• The poll was a PR opportunity and a fundraiser for the GOP — nothing more, nothing 
less. Candidates had to pay to play — $5,000 or more — to be included in the poll.

EPA vows stout defense as Coffman set to sue over Clean Power Plan

The Colorado Statesman

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Saturday announced Colorado will join other states in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, eliciting promises this week of a “vigorous defense” by the EPA.

Coffman said in a statement that the EPA’s rule — intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 — is “an unprecedented attempt to expand the federal government’s regulatory control over the state’s energy economy.”