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Trump, Carson threaten to skip GOP debate at CU

You can’t buy the kind of publicity the University of Colorado Boulder says it’s getting from the upcoming Republican presidential debate, though some might wonder if you’d want to.

On Thursday, the two candidates who perch atop most national GOP polls threatened to boycott the Oct. 28 debate, adding to the poor publicity that piles up seemingly daily lately as CU struggles to explain why only a handful of students will be allowed to witness the proceedings.

Jabs talks rules for business success, looks to future

The Colorado Statesman

"I’ve never been a goal-setter,” says Jake Jabs, leaning back in his office, overlooking the enormous, quarter-mile long headquarters facility of American Furniture Warehouse near Centennial Airport in Arapahoe County. “I don’t have quotas for salesmen, I don’t have goals for managers, I don’t have goals for the company,” he says.

While he might not have goals, the president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse has plenty of accomplishments, and he isn’t wary about sharing the secrets to his success.

Colorado front and center amid Dem debate’s Vegas razzmatazz

The Colorado Statesman

LAS VEGAS — If you thought Colorado had a prominent role in the most-recent Republican presidential debate — when the state’s marijuana laws prompted Jeb Bush to publicly confess his pot-smoking habits as a youth — the first Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday put the state in the national limelight on multiple fronts.

Granted, the marijuana question didn’t take up quite as much airtime as it did during the GOP meet at the Reagan Library last month. But it displayed how cautious frontrunner Hillary Clinton is about the issue.


Marquez-Hudson to head Denver Foundation, Colglazier takes over at C3

Denver Foundation taps Marquez-Hudson as president and CEO

The Denver Foundation, the state’s oldest community foundation, last week named Christine Marquez-Hudson as its new president and CEO. Marquez-Hudson is currently CEO and executive director of Mi Casa Resource Center. When she assumes the new position in January, she will become only the fifth CEO of the Denver Foundation in its 90 years in existence.

New report blames state’s slowing solar sector on fossil fuel groups

The Colorado Statesman

After years of rapid growth, Colorado’s once red-hot solar energy industry has faded recently, according to a new report from Environment Colorado, which blames fossil fuel-funded think tanks and utilities for raining on the state’s solar parade.

According to “Blocking the Sun: 12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power,” Colorado’s solar power capacity increased 44 percent a year from 2010 to 2013, but then dropped dramatically between 2013 and 2014, knocking the state from 7th to 10th in terms of solar power capacity per capita in the United States.

Roberts, Sonnenberg talk about decisions to pass on Senate bid

The Colorado Statesman

The decision last spring by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora to turn down a run for the Republican nomination for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat threw state and national GOP leaders into a crunch to find someone, anyone, who could take on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Denver Democrat, in next year’s election.

Hancock names new Denver sheriff, promises ‘fresh perspective’

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the appointment of a new sheriff Thursday, proclaiming a “new day” for a troubled department

Patrick Firman, a longtime Illinois corrections chief, will take over a department that has been plagued with systemic problems and has cost the city millions of dollars in legal settlements over misconduct cases.

“It's going to be a challenge,” Firman said at a press conference held inside the Denver City and County Building. “There's a lot of reform that's been suggested. I think for anybody to say it's going to be easy is kidding themselves.”

Denver unveils construction-defects reform proposal to spur condo building

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock this week unveiled a proposal aimed at reining in costs associated with construction defects lawsuits, an issue he believes has hampered the city's ability to provide housing options for a booming city population.

The proposed ordinance is the latest effort by a municipality to deal with a polarizing issue that has yet to yield results at the state level.

Denver Chamber lays out wish list for state water plan

The Colorado Statesman

James Lochhead, head of Denver Water, put it simply and perhaps with a hint of optimism: “We can have it all.”

Lochhead was among a group of statewide water leaders who sat down last week to chat about Colorado’s Water Plan. Their chat took place before several hundred at a Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce luncheon, convened to discuss the role business can play charting the state’s water future.

Fight on the right in Colorado Springs over proposed tax hike to fix potholes

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Springs residents are known for their opposition to tax increases, but they’re also fed up with the potholes that pepper the city’s streets.

Voters will decide which is worse on Nov. 3 with Ballot Issue 2C, a measure that would increase the 2.5-percent city sales tax by 0.62 percent to raise $50 million annually for five years to rebuild, pave and maintain the eroding roads.