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Chandelier kicks off next phase of rehab

The Colorado Statesman

On Monday, contractors lowered the massive brass chandelier that hangs above the Colorado House of Representatives onto a platform and began taking it apart. It’s the start of the second phase of a three-year project designed to restore the legislative chambers to their historic appearance.

“We like to say we’re lowering it, not that we’re dropping it,” quipped Gary Behm, owner of St. Louis Antique Lighting Co., as assistants began dismantling the chandelier, which dates to the 1890s.

Miller Hudson: Reggie Bicha: Warlock for the cheesehead coven at DHS

The Colorado Statesman

Mayors and governors infrequently sack appointees. And when it does occur, the culprit has usually committed some embarrassing personal indiscretion, or publicly objected to an administration policy or decision. These “Plum Book” jobs are all about loyalty. Rarer still is the appointee who submits his or her resignation in evident protest against the boss’s decisions.

Angela Williams ignites Senate District 33 campaign

The Colorado Statesman

The word “lose” isn’t in Rep. Angela William’s vocabulary. A Democrat representing Colorado’s House District 7 seat since 2010, she has never lost any of her three campaigns for public office. William’s declared she intends to maintain that winning record, announcing her candidacy for Colorado Senate District 33 in an email sent to supporters and the media on May 12. To date, Williams is the only candidate from any party to file papers with the Colorado Secretary of State's office to seek election to SD 33 in 2016.

Governor signs workforce development legislation

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado students will be able to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time — and be prepared to work in a technical field — under a bipartisan bill that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law on Monday.

That measure, along with a separate bill the governor signed at a Capitol ceremony, is among a package of bills aimed at boosting workforce development in the state.

Supporting weed’s women

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado’s cannabis industry becoming well established, entreprenuers from all walks of life are finding their way in to push it forward.

Women in the industry face some of the same challenges that have been faced by women in business for decades.

That’s where Woman of Weed comes in.

The group is a sub-council of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Woman of Weed (referred to in meetings as WoW) held its second monthly meeting last week. Its mission is to empower women who are getting into the industry and to become its future leaders.


Ritter jumps in, Lamm lashes back, Rogers wants veto

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman ... Former three-term Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter officially filed his paperwork for a run for governor, though he made clear that a formal announcement would come later. “With four children, 10 brothers and sisters and 32 nieces and nephews, I have a huge stake in the future,” said Ritter. Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Feeley was Ritter’s treasurer. Other early endorsers included Frank and Martelle Daniels, Bruce Alexander, Dr.

Mizel Institute honors Hirschfeld at annual dinner

The Colorado Statesman

It’s tough to get a room full of even a few politicians, civic leaders and public servants to agree about anything, but on Wednesday night some 2,000 of them packed a cavernous converted Air Force hanger and were united in at least one sentiment: the community has benefited immensely from the generosity of A. Barry Hirschfeld.

Ballot measures impact bill signed into law

The Colorado Statesman

A new law will allow Colorado voters to know the fiscal impact of a ballot measure before petitions are circulated — a heavily debated effort that seemed doomed in the final hours of the recent legislative session.

The state had already been required to provide voters with cost-impact estimates of ballot measures, prior to an election. But House Bill 1057, which was signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday, accelerates that process so that voters will know a proposal’s cost before they are asked to sign a petition.

New law helps fund massive National Western complex project

The Colorado Statesman

A stroke of a pen this week pumped $250 million into renovations for the National Western Stock Show complex, an enormous project that supporters say will create the “Silicon Valley of agriculture” in northeast Denver.

But officials admit there is still work left to do to secure the majority of the money needed to fund the $856 million project and that its realization will depend on Denver voters.


Keep TPP in the sunshine


This week, Democrats in the U.S. Senate blocked a proposal to “fast track” President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”). I, for one, am glad that they did.