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Coloradans will continue to lead on health care reform

Guest Contributor

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell upholding advance premium tax credits for Americans who need help affording basic health care coverage, our nation is at a crossroads.

Our political leaders and would-be leaders face a choice of direction. They can choose to go back to the days when fewer people had access to insurance, and that insurance covered less — or go forward on the vital journey of health care reform.

Hawkish Graham touts foreign-policy chops in Aspen

The Colardo Statesman

ASPEN – The first thing South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’ll do if he’s elected president in 2016 is rebuild the U.S. military and roll back defense spending cuts. The second thing he’ll do is remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, either “standing up or laying down.”

Carter hopes to quell Mideast hopelessness with ‘Camp David’ play

The Colorado Statesman

VAIL — Toward the end of a special reading of a new play called “Camp David” here Friday, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, played by actor Ron Rifkin, wept as he read the names of his many grandchildren inscribed on photos presented to him by President Jimmy Carter, played by actor Richard Thomas.

Courts

Supreme Court rules Douglas County voucher program unconstitutional

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a Douglas Public School voucher program violates the Colorado Constitution.

In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that the program, the Choice Scholarship Program, violates Article IX Section 7 of the state Constitution, which prohibits the use of taxpayer funds to support any “sectarian” or religious school.

“This stark constitutional provision makes one thing clear: A school district may not aid religious schools,” Chief Justice Nancy Rice wrote in the majority opinion.

Courts

Supreme Court sends TABOR challenge back to appeals court

The Colorado Statesman

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sent a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights back to an appeals court for review. The high court first granted a petition to hear the lawsuit, then vacated an earlier judgment handed down by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then remanded the case back for reconsideration in light of Monday’s ruling in an Arizona case that involved the power of state governments.

Guest Commentary

Moreno: Why millennials matter in politics

Guest Contributor

I turned 30 this year, which makes me still the youngest member of the Colorado General Assembly. But I am one of the elders of the generation known as Millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000.

Millennials are a powerful demographic. We are the largest generation in the history of the United States. We will include more than a third of adult Americans by 2020, and we will make up as much as three-quarters of the U.S. workforce by 2025.

Guest Commentary

Marijuana ruling displays cracks in the legal system

Guest Contributor

Here we go again. Another court decision favoring businesses over human rights. Sadly, it is no shock that the Supreme Court is friendlier to business more than anything or anyone else. From its 2010 Citizens United blunder that allowed even greater corporate influence on our political process to the 2014 Hobby Lobby case affirming the “religious beliefs” of private corporations, the court’s continual siding with corporate entities over individual rights is maddening and ludicrous, but not surprising. Now, we learn that the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled in favor of employers in a case that addressed whether persons with lawful medical marijuana cards can be fired for testing positive for the substance.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Sanders is right, let’s focus on small campaign donors

Editor:

In response to the piece discussing Senator Bernie Sanders’ trip to Colorado, seeing that Sanders demands to remove big money — Super PACs, large donations — from politics is a big step towards the principal of one person, one vote.

Guest Columnist

Earley: The microphone belongs to the people in Jeffco

Guest Contributor

There is no question that Lisa Pinto's short tenure as chief communications officer for Jeffco Public Schools was troubled from the start.

Fields, Ryden running in primary for SD 29 seat

The Colorado Statesman

With Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, leaving the chamber in 2016 due to term limits, two state representatives are set to square off for the Democratic nomination to take her place representing Senate District 29.

State Reps. Su Ryden and Rhonda Fields, both Aurora Democrats, have announced their candidacies for the seat. Fields held her kick off event on June 13 and Ryden is holding hers on Sunday.