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Patterson: Jeffco School Board recall drives are about abuse of power, malfeasance

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It's not a difficult concept to understand. Serving on a school board means you are an adult in a position of trust and, as such, must uphold school district policies and laws that protect the children you serve. Yet, on May 7, 2015, the Jeffco School Board majority chose to single out, perhaps with the intent to shame and intimidate, a minor student.

Hemisphere's future talk of Biennial of the Americas Festival

The Colorado Statesman

It was fitting that Denver’s third Biennial of the Americas festival launched the same day as the Legislative Audit Committee’s report of shrinking crowds attending the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. A staff of several dozen has spent the past six months finalizing the schedule of events that make up this cross-cultural festival of arts, culture and business in the New World. Nearly 300 musicians, artists, authors, entrepreneurs and academics from 25 countries have assembled in downtown Denver to tug on the threads that bind the Western Hemisphere together.

Biennial panel says millennial generation changing way world operates, sees itself

The Colorado Statesman

As the number of millennials in the work force continues to increase and technology becomes more universal, the world is shifting.

That’s according to participants at a Biennial of the Americas symposium about the generation on Tuesday night in Denver.

“This generation and the next generation expects and aspires to great things, but also demands great things,” said Univision anchor León Krauze, who moderated the talk, dubbed Generation NOW! “It is certainly a complex generation, not only in America, but in Latin America, where a remarkable number of young people await opportunities.”

Buckner sworn in

The Colorado Statesman

Janet P. Buckner, an Aurora Democrat, took the oath of office on Wednesday, becoming the newest member of the Colorado House of Representatives. She was elected by a vacancy committee to serve out the term of her late husband, John W. Buckner, who died in May.

Courts Columnist

Time to consider data-driven justice system?

The Colorado Statesman

Big data is a big deal to more and more industries and professions.

Financial firms have crunched reams of numbers for decades. Barak Obama dedicated a whole floor of his campaign to data-driven decision-making. And of course, baseball — and every other major sport — has followed the sabermetric path blazed by Billy Beane.

So, where do we find big data being applied to the legal field? How does the criminal justice system use the vast array of statistical information it collects to increase efficiency and decrease costs?

Doug Bruce has day in court, with more ahead

The Colorado Statesman

This story has been corrected. Please see correction below.

Round 2 of the alleged probation violation charges against Taxpayer Bill of Rights author Doug Bruce landed in Judge Sheila Rappaport’s Denver District Court on Monday. Another round is scheduled for August 31, and yet another, complete with fresh charges, is likely to follow that.

Bruce has been under supervision for three years by the Colorado Probation Office, since he served a sentence for criminal tax evasion. Bruce wasn’t convicted of pocketing moneys for his own use. Instead, he donated his salary as an El Paso County commissioner to several tax-exempt, political non-profit organizations. Failing to pay taxes on this pass-through, prosecutors argued, cheated the state of tax revenues, while bolstering the contributions enjoyed by the recipients of his largesse. Bruce has called this an invented legal theory of “criminal philanthropy.” If a corporation had been found executing similar transfers, it almost certainly would have been handled as a civil matter, he maintained.

Hickenlooper, Burwell discuss curbing prescription drug abuse

The Colorado Statesman

Blair Hubbard's heroin addiction began with the popping of a few pain pills she was prescribed after wisdom teeth surgery.

“I accidentally took more than the recommended prescribed dose at one point and realized that I really liked the way it felt,” said Hubbard, 34, who lives in Denver.


Guzman elected Senate minority leader, Bartels leaves Post for secretary of state's office

Senate Dems elect Guzman as leader

The Senate Democratic caucus voted unanimously on Wednesday to elect Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, as Senate minority leader, taking the place of Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, who is stepping down from the leadership post while she runs for Congress.

“Making sure every Coloradan who works hard and plays by the rules has a fair shot at getting ahead is what myself and my Democratic colleagues are totally focused on,” Guzman said in a statement.

Campaign 2016

Republican presidential debate set for CU Boulder

The Colorado Statesman

The third Republican presidential candidate debate will be on Oct. 28 at the Coors Events Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, debate sponsor CNBC announced on Thursday. The debate, one of a dozen sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, will focus on the economy and will be broadcast by the cable network.

Bicha tells audit committee DHS making progress, problems persist

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Department of Human Services is complying with many recommendations spelled out in audits from last year, but problems still persist at the agency that oversees child-welfare services.

That's according to department Executive Director Reggie Bicha, who on Tuesday updated a legislative panel on the progress being made toward addressing a long list of concerns found in the audits.