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Kerr and supporters pedal through the rain

Earlier this month, state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, got an enthusiastic group of folks together to support his bid for re-election, including special guest U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CD 7. The Sept. 15 event was fun — and wet.

Former national party chairs deride their own parties

Republican Michael Steele & Democrat Howard Dean

Former national chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties spoke in Denver Wednesday, criticizing political strategies on gun control and multiculturalism that could dissuade voters.

Speaking at the Political Law and Compliance Seminar hosted by the McKenna Long and Aldridge law firm, Howard Dean, a Democrat, and Michael Steele, a Republican, were both critical of their parties startegies.

Dean pointed to an “over-reach” by Democrats in the Colorado legislature, while Steele worried that Republicans were doing a poor job reaching out to young and minority voters.

Is anti-discrimination policy that fails to discriminate a form of discrimination?

Provide supporting Constitutional citations, but limit your response to 400 words
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents met Tuesday at the University Memorial Building in Boulder. Much of the day’s agenda was dedicated to the stultifying consideration of contracts, financial statements, planning reports and Board approvals for a metastasizing and dizzying array of academic degree programs. The low-ceiled room where the Regents met felt like an interrogation chamber at Guantanamo — underlit, view lines blocked, muted conversations transpiring in small huddles and presenters prone to acronymic obscurity.

Sandra Day O’Connor is history in the flesh

Special to The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER – When it comes to living history lessons, sometimes what you do is more important than what you say. Thus it was on Sept. 17, Constitution Day, when almost a thousand students and visitors, including many members of the Colorado legal community, gathered at the University Memorial Center in Boulder to hear former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as part of the third annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the CU law school.

Former U.S. Sen. Lieberman joins Coloradans in 9-11 remembrance

The Colorado Statesman

Although 12 years have now passed since the 9/11 attacks, the resolve by Coloradans to never forget should not wane. In the words of Gov. John Hickenlooper at this year’s remembrance last week, “It is vital each year that we come together and maintain that memory.”

Fall Fashions 2013

Fashion Transitions — Combating the strictest remaining fashion rule: No white after Labor Day.
The Colorado Statesman

It’s the time of year when women look in their closets, ponder what’s ther, and moan to themselves, “I have nothing to wear!” And they probably don’t. September and most of October means wearing what the industry calls “transitional” clothing — that is, clothing that moves the wearer fashionably from summer to fall and from fall to winter. How do you do this?

Municipalities energized for fracking votes

The Colorado Statesman

President Barack Obama’s June climate change declaration that “Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction” resonates in Colorado where a surge of skepticism to the oil and gas industry is likely to play out at local polls this November.

Five Colorado communities — Fort Collins, Loveland, Lafayette, Boulder and Broomfield — are expected to vote in November on whether to impose a ban or enact lengthy moratoriums on the controversial hydraulic fracturing drilling process.

Campaign launched to tax recreational pot

The Colorado Statesman

Proponents of a campaign to tax newly legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado officially launched the effort Wednesday on the heels of an announcement by the Department of Justice that it will defer to the state on enforcement.

The Committee for Responsible Regulation is comprised mostly of marijuana industry representatives and union officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7. But the campaign has widespread support, including local municipalities and business organizations.

School finance measure is officially on the ballot

Small cushion, big cost in petition gathering
The Colorado Statesman

Partisan wrangling over a ballot initiative to raise $950 million for school reform continued Wednesday just moments before the secretary of state’s office deemed the question sufficient for the November ballot.

Colorado Commits to Kids submitted 165,710 signatures last month after paying Washington, D.C.-based FieldWorks at least $779,047 for petition gathering activities. Only 89,820 of the signatures were deemed valid after a line-by-line review.

First meeting of Dog Protection Task Force held at Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office

Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, addresses the first meeting of the Dog Protection Task Force, which will design the training curricula for law enforcement dog encounters so that police can better understand canine behaviors and use alternatives to lethal force against dogs. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson hosted the 17-member bipartisan task force at the Sheriff’s office last week. The training legislation, which all 100 lawmakers supported, appears to be the first of its kind. Sen.