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Irrepressible, towering Matthews leans into politics

The Colorado Statesman

Chris Matthews, excitable liberal host of MBC’s “Hardball,” is instantly recognizable — and not just because of his impish face and floppy hair. It’s Matthews’s irrepressible manner that really signals it’s him. He is relaxed and interested and unabashed about asserting his opinion on anything and everything — his “takes,” as he refers to them, gained over the course of an engaged life spent close to the center of American politics.

Former FBI director Mueller warns of ongoing terrorism threat, plays down threats to privacy

The Colorado Statesman

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller minced no words Tuesday in a two-hour public interview with television talk show host Aaron Harber about the ongoing threat of terrorist attack he said shadows the United States. He also attempted to allay concerns about national security state overreach that could trample the privacy rights of American citizens.

Jeffco GOP debate-watchers weather CNN marathon

Fiorina, Christie, Trump cheered by Jefferson County Republicans at Lakewood bar, but Bush, Walker find few fans
The Colorado Statesman

LAKEWOOD — If you were looking to gauge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination next year, you probably couldn’t have found a better barometer than the crowd at Misfits in swing-district Jefferson County on Wednesday night.

News from Yesteryear

Buchanan gives ’em hell, wins Senate primary; Romer blasts Allott vote on anti-billboard bill

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Secretary of State Mary Estill Buchanan kept a Bo Callaway button tucked into her dress on primary election night, prepared to clip it on as a gesture of party unity if Callaway had won the Republican nod to challenge U.S. Sen. Gary Hart. But after a long night when the two were mostly neck-and-neck, she was able to keep it hidden away. By 1:15 a.m., with 97 percent of the ballots cast, U.S. Sen.

Amid acrimony over abandoned mines, lawmakers float bipartisan solutions

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner are poised to take yet another run at “Good Samaritan” legislation that would allow third parties to clean up abandoned mines without being liable under the Clean Water Act.

“Sen. Gardner and I are working to reintroduce a bill this Congress,” Bennet said in testimony Wednesday at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the failures of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Gold King Mine spill.


Smith: A night with the Ku Klux Klan

The Colorado Statesman

On a steamy Friday night in early August 50 years ago, I was taken prisoner by the Ku Klux Klan outside the small town of Oxford, N.C. I was lucky to survive, but because I got into this mess through my stupidity and the stubbornness of my fellow employees at the Congress of Racial Equality office in Durham, it’s a story I’ve avoided for many years.

Local-control rules for oil and gas drilling in Colorado coming soon

Controversial drilling rules process seeks to define ‘large-scale facility’
The Colorado Statesman

Following a lengthy outreach process, draft local-control rules for oil and gas drilling near homes and public buildings in Colorado’s towns and counties are “imminent,” according to Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore.

The COGCC rulemaking stems from two recommendations made by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Oil and Gas Task Force aimed at giving local governments more say in where and how oil and gas drilling occurs in their communities.


Sloan: Bennet defends Iran vote at Club 20 meeting

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — Twice a year, western Colorado becomes, for a moment, the focal point of the state’s political class. Club 20, an advocacy organization representing interests on the Western Slope, had its fall meeting in Grand Junction on Saturday, drawing politicians, lobbyists and the civic-minded from across the state.

Housing credits still top Democrats’ wish list for 2016

The Colorado Statesman

Housing credits, the House Democrats’ answer to the controversy over construction-defects legislation last session, are likely to come back next session, according to two legislators who addressed Denver Democrats.

It’s not only low-income residents who struggle to find affordable housing — the middle class is increasingly getting squeezed out of the market as well, according to lawmakers who spoke at a Sept. 11 Downtown Denver Democrats forum at a downtown restaurant.


Republicans are circling, not yet pouncing on Bennet

The first week or so of October could be busy in Colorado political circles.

Look for a “major announcement” in early October from District Attorney George Brauchler.

The Arapahoe County Republican continues to weigh whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, pegged as the lone incumbent Senate Democrat considered vulnerable in next year’s election. (Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid used to be paired with Bennet for that distinction but isn’t running for another term.)