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Letter to the Editor

Cook: An open letter to candidate Jeb Bush

Dear Gov. Bush:

I read, with some dismay, your announcement yesterday that you are running for president. Not that it was unexpected, mind you — you’ve been putting off this declaration for six months, apparently to skirt campaign finance laws. That makes sense since you are looking to gain the backing of this country’s elite Republicans, who feel entitled to make such decisions as who our nominee should be on behalf of all us “little people.” But it was still dismaying that you are choosing to run, not as a conservative that respects the Republican Party Platform, but as one who wants to fundamentally transform our party.

Letter to the Editor

Welker: Simple solution to immigration problems: Put citizens to work

Editor:

In response to Ernest Luning’s Colorado Statesman article on May 15, “Business, Agriculture Groups Call for Immigration Solutions from GOP,” I have a very simple solution.

Instead of bringing people from other countries to work in the U.S., we need to put U.S. citizens to work first. There are over 93 million citizens looking for work.

This week's political cartoon

On the attempted GOP coup d'etat: Lawyer Up

The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "On the attempted GOP coup d'etat: Lawyer Up."

Guest Commentary

Stansbery: The Godfather: Part Deaux

Guest Contributor

How did Cynthia Coffman go from being Steve House’s very public mentor and champion to pulling the knives out for him 3 months later?

Guest Commentary

Corporon: GOP saga: ‘As the House Turns’

Guest Contributor

With apologies to fans of the iconic TV series As the World Turns, I realized today during our morning radio show that the drama unfolding around recently-elected Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House has all the elements of a daytime soap opera: melodramatic, tragic, morbidly humorous, shattered hopes and the capacity to last a long, long time.

Court rules companies can fire employees for off-duty pot use

The Colorado Statesman

Medical marijuana users in Colorado will risk being fired if they test positive for THC in violation of their employers’ policies.

In a 6-0 decision Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that in the state’s lawful activities statute, the “term ‘lawful’ refers only to those activities that are lawful under both state and federal law.”

Because marijuana use — medical or recreational — is illegal under federal statute, the court held that employers can fire workers who violate a company drug policy, despite marijuana being legal in the state.

House issues statement regarding GOP coup attempt

State GOP Chair Steve House just issued the following statement:

Letter to the Editor

Allott, Romer 1966 Senate contest one for the books

Editor,

I really enjoyed your "Yesteryear" column on 6-11-15.

The 1965 quote by Democratic State Senator Roy Romer of Denver saying Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Allott was "inadequate" and would be "rejected" for reelection because Allott supported Barrry Goldwater for president in 1964 is very interesting and ironic given what did happen in the 1966 election.

Guest Commentary

Beforeplay.org: Changing Colorado’s conversation about sexual health

Colorado Department of Health and Environment

Few things change a person’s life more than becoming a parent. Moving in together, making the choice to commit to a partner for life, changing jobs or rerouting career paths, even buying a car or a home are all huge commitments that certainly change lives in major ways, but there is a major difference between these and getting pregnant. These other things rarely, if ever, happen by accident or without prior planning.

What does happen on accident are nearly half of all pregnancies in Colorado. So why do so many people find themselves dealing with an “oops” pregnancy?

Guest Commentary

Colorado’s Lawful Activities statute does not protect employees’ medical marijuana use

McKenna Long & Aldridge

On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, No. 13SC394, 2015 CO 44 (2015), that employers with a drug-free workplace policy have the right to take adverse action against employees who test positive for marijuana, even if the employees fully comply with the state’s medical marijuana laws, do not use marijuana at the workplace, and are not impaired on the job. This landmark decision affirms the right of employers to require that their employees comply with all federal drug laws, regardless of their states’ marijuana laws.