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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.

Young Dems’ debate watch crowd cheers Sanders, warms to Clinton

The Colorado Statesman

At Jake’s Sports Bar in a borderland corner of Denver’s hipster Five Points/Cole neighborhoods, roughly 150 people — a collage of tattoos, piercings, thick-frame eyeglasses and baby bangs — crowded together Tuesday evening at a Colorado Young Democrats 2016 presidential candidate debate-watch party.

This was primarily a Bernie Sanders crowd. They cheered the Vermont senator’s passion, laughed at his jokes, tweeted out his sharp running critique of income inequality and the “rigged system” where “Congress doesn’t regulate Wall Street; Wall Street regulates Congress,” as he put it.

Guest Commentary

Brackney: Time to reform antiquated liquor laws to benefit consumers, craft breweries alike

Guest Contributor

Did you know that 42 states allow full-strength beer or wine to be sold in their grocery stores? And of the eight that don’t, only five still sell 3.2 beer – or, as it’s more commonly known, near beer?

Colorado unfortunately occupies the ignominious space of only allowing “near beer” in grocery stores, along with states like Kansas and Oklahoma.

Colorado Capitol Watch

Noonan: Womb-to-tomb surveillance by Dept. of Ed?

Colorado Capitol Watch

Surveillance is the business model of the Internet, according to computer security analyst Bruce Schneier in a recent New York Times article on European data privacy. Surveillance is also, apparently, the business model of our own Colorado Department of Education.

CDE prefers to call its work “longitudinal analysis.” It started when the state decided to measure cohorts of students from kindergarten through high school. The Legislature added measures down to pre-kindergarten, up to higher education and, recently, to careers and prison.


Hudson: Worry turns into confidence at Clinton debate-watch party

The Colorado Statesman

Polly Baca, Colorado’s first female Hispanic state Senator and Democratic National committeewoman, who later served for many years as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, shoehorned 40 Clinton supporters into her downtown Denver condo for the first Democratic presidential debate of 2016. State Rep. Angela Williams, who’s running for a Denver Senate seat next year, joined the predominantly female crowd.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Watching the grownups debate


The Democrats showed America how grownups debate. They discussed real issues — income inequity chocking the middle class, billionaire money buying politics, global climate change threatening our future — and they did so respecting each other. The Democratic candidates each have experience, knowledge and a vision of a more inclusive future for all Americans. We see leaders to vote for, rather than clowns to vote against.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Extremist Cruz won’t be elected president


I initially admired Ted Cruz for his smarts and positions on illegal immigration and the budgets.

But his extremist and unconstitutional — as well as pandering and hypocritical — stands on so many issues make him unelectable in a general election.

News from Yesteryear

Dudley Brown targets squishy Republicans; Holly Coors leads star-studded D.C. excursion

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Colorado Conservative Union chairman Dudley Brown issued “Wanted” notices for the two Republican legislators scoring lowest on the group’s ratings from the 1995 session. State Rep. Russell George, R-Rifle, didn’t vote the way CCU wanted on any of 13 bills, and state Sen. Dave Watenberg, R-Walden, only voted with CCU once on 11 bills.