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Hartley: Jeffco vote was a rejection of partisan gridlock

Guest Contributor

This past Tuesday, the voters of Jefferson County delivered a loud and clear message against the divisive and hardline posture of their school board majority. By nearly a two-to-one margin, they recalled the board majority of Ken Witt, Julie Williams, and John Newkirk and refused to vote in their allies running for the two open seats.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Isern ignores suffering, death of Palestinians


The calumny and racism of "Bloody October for innocent Jewish citizens in Israel,” Beth Isern’s guest commentary in the Oct. 23 issue of The Colorado Statesman, would be breathtaking were it not so utterly typical. It is clear throughout that only the Jewish citizens of Palestine/Israel are real for her; only they are human, only they exist. Absent altogether from her account are any Palestinians (other than as subhuman demons to put her preferred order of beings under threat).

Lamborn, Colorado GOP balk at highway funding bill

The Colorado Statesman

The senior Republican member of Colorado’s congressional delegation, Doug Lamborn, told The Colorado Statesman on Friday that the highway funding bill passed by the House on Thursday and lauded as a victory for new House Speaker Paul Ryan is a bad deal for the country.

“Although there were many good things in the bill, the spending in the bill was not clearly defined, and the full six years in the bill were not fully paid for — just the first three years — so I had some real problems on that part of the bill, which caused me to vote no,” Lamborn said.

Hickenlooper rips Republicans for voting against Ex-Im Bank

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's office this week blasted the state’s congressional Republicans for their “embarrassing” votes against reauthorizing an agency that helps U.S. exports.

A measure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States received broad bipartisan support in the House Oct. 27. The bill passed 313-118, but Colorado's four GOP House members voted “no.”

Littleton exploring U.S. Senate bid

The Colorado Statesman

El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton is weighing a run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, The Colorado Statesman has learned.

Hudak reflects on recalls past and present

The Colorado Statesman

Evie Hudak, a former Democratic state senator from Arvada who resigned ahead of a threatened recall election in 2013, was one of the revelers on Tuesday celebrating the successful recall election of the conservative Jefferson County School Board majority.

“I was never recalled,” she was quick to remind The Colorado Statesman. “Besides, not all recalls are the same.”

Hudak was smiling as she talked, slightly swaying as the pro-recall crowd at the Denver West Sheraton, pulsing with energy, chanted “Nah-nah-nah-nah, hey-hey-hey, goodbye!”

Jeffco voters recall three conservative school board members

The Colorado Statesman

The political landscape in the state seemed to shift beneath Jefferson County Tuesday night, or at least that’s how it felt on Union Boulevard in Lakewood, as county school board election results flashed onto screens at election parties set up across the street from one another, delivering news of a landslide victory that recalled the three-member conservative board majority and put in place an entirely new, five-member school board.

Conservatives Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were recalled after being elected in 2013 by wide majorities.

Denver voters OK National Western, DIA ballot measures

The Colorado Statesman

Denver voters on Tuesday approved ballot measures to open Denver International Airport up for commercial development and make improvements to the National Western Center and surrounding neighborhoods but shot down a proposal to increase the city’s sales tax to help residents pay for college.

It was a big night for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who campaigned vigorously for all three measures but had staked his legacy on the two that passed.

Mr. Frog: A slowly boiling candidate leaps into the U.S. Senate race

The Colorado Statesman

Not even a children's book author can include more animals in a sentence than U.S. Senate candidate Gary Swing.

“I've always said this is a nation of sheep ruled by wolves for the benefit of pigs, and I would like to be a voice to represent the interests of frogs and other endangered species,” Swing said in a recent interview with The Colorado Statesman.

Yes, he did mean to say frogs.

Guest Commentary

Ganahl: Carly Fiorina, the accomplished candidate

Guest Contributor

Back in 2008, as the owner of Camp Bow Wow, a fast-growing national franchise business, I was riding a tide of success. When the market took a downturn, I went from riding a tide of success to not knowing if we were going to make it. We, as a company, were forced to make very difficult decisions at that time to accommodate the shrinking revenues due to lack of capital and fear about starting a business. Some of those decisions cost people their jobs. I had to lay off 10 out of 40 of my staff — some of whom were very good friends and family members.