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Breweries stiff-arm enviro group after Colowyo town beer boycott

The Colorado Statesman

Ska Brewing president Dave Thibodeau was stunned to learn his company was being boycotted by Colorado coal miners over its support of WildEarth Guardians — because he wasn’t aware that Ska had ever been involved with the environmentalist group.

After some digging, however, he found that Ska isn’t exactly a platinum sponsor: Rather, the Durango brewery had donated a $25 gift certificate for a WildEarth Guardians event last year on behalf of banning coyote and pigeon hunts, also known as “killing contests.”

State Board of Ed. members talk 'dysfunction,' passion in wake of exodus

The Colorado Statesman

For the Colorado Board of Education, one member’s zeal is another’s dysfunction.

One week after board Chairwoman Marcia Neal blasted the board's “destructive behavior” in a strongly-worded resignation letter, board members say they are trying to move forward to do good work for the state's children.

But can they really?

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Voter equality up for review in Supreme Court

Statesman Columnist

One person, one vote.

For 50 years, those four words have been shorthand for the constitutional protection afforded Americans’ right to vote from improper dilution. The slogan is easy, elegant, and simple. It implies basic fairness and democratic rights. The meaning of this principle has seemingly been beyond dispute.

But some Texas voters think otherwise, and they’re taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last month the Court shocked many observers when it agreed to review Evenwel v. Abbott, a Texas case that challenged the basis for redistricting of state senate seats. The heart of the case rests in what “one person” means when applied to voting rights.

Guest Columnist

Polis: Continuing Colorado’s legacy of conservation

United States House of Representatives

Those who live here know that the sunrise from atop Quandary Peak, the alpenglow of the Gore Range, and mountain valleys flush with Columbine are at the core of Colorado’s character. Coloradans and tourists alike flock to our mountains and open spaces to ski, hike, mountain bike, hunt, and fish, among many other activities. In the process, they add billions to our state economy each year. It’s important that we sustain this natural resource and economic driver.

Columnist

Hudson: Summit examines NOCO transportation

The Colorado Statessman

You can read about someone else’s commute, but you can’t fully appreciate it without making the trip yourself. A 6:30 a.m. drive up U.S. 85 from Denver on Monday to the Northern Colorado Transportation Summit in Greeley proved instructive. Incoming traffic approaching the Queen City of the Plains was bumper-to-bumper for miles. The northbound lanes were crowded with a solid phalanx of 18-wheelers rumbling towards the gravel pits, industrial parks and construction sites abutting the highway in Adams and Weld counties. If you are wondering whether Colorado’s economy has truly recovered, the billboard employment ads along this highway, promising blue collar career opportunities, answer that question. On a recent drive to Mead on I-25, I witnessed even heavier traffic.

Courts

State Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding

The Colorado Statesman

The Legislature’s use of the so-called negative factor to determine school funding is at issue in a lawsuit that was argued before the Colorado Supreme Court earlier this month.

The suit, Dwyer v. State of Colorado, alleges the state violated the intent of Amendment 23 by using the negative factor to decrease school funding, effectively rendering the constitutionally mandated increases in per-student funding meaningless.

Johnston letter responds to A.M.E. massacre

The Colorado Statesman

A state lawmaker this week wrote a powerful letter in response to the recent massacre that took place at a black South Carolina church — one he feels “every white person” should also write.

After news broke on Wednesday night that a white gunman had walked into a historic black church in Charleston, state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, drove to a Denver church in the middle of the night and taped a hand-written letter to the front door.

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."