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Goldin-Dubois: Colorado well positioned to achieve EPA carbon limits

Guest Contributor

The Clean Power Plan issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 2 represents the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants and is a critical step in addressing climate change.

Gardner, Hancock call for strong U.S. role overseas at foreign-policy forum

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock may not agree on everything, but they both want to see the United States fulfill its role as a global leader, not withdraw from it.

They joined foreign-affairs specialists Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Denver for a policy discussion sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which backs civilian-led efforts to promote U.S. economic development overseas, foreign aid and diplomacy.

This week's political cartoon

Rep. Klingenschmitt and Cecil the Boy Scout Leader

Another Cecil killing?
The Colorado Statesman

This week's political cartoon by editorial cartoonist and Statesman Publisher Jared Wright, "Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt and Cecil the Boy Scout Leader."

Guest Commentary

Schultheis: Internet voting a needless threat to voter privacy, election security

Guest Contributor

Colorado is poised to reject the best advice of the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Vote Foundation and almost every nationally known expert as the state expands Internet voting. Although voters read daily headlines of breaches of government and commercial computer systems and emails, Colorado’s email balloting expansion ignores the experts and defies common sense and lawmakers’ directives.

Victims’ families laud felony DUI law

The Colorado Statesman

After two years of failing to persuade state lawmakers to pass a felony drunken-driving bill, Deb Grenske wondered whether she could handle yet another disappointment as the legislation was being debated again earlier this year.

“I told my husband I didn't know how many times I could go to the Capitol and look at these people and not see them pass it,” she said.

The Longmont woman had been advocating for the legislation since her son, Geoffrey, was involved in a wreck with a drunken driver in 2012.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Jeffco recall backers want to take district backward

Editor:

Michelle Patterson had her say about the Jefferson County Board of Education in the July 24 issue of The Colorado Statesman. Now it is time for truth.

Colorado Capitol Watch

Noonan: Who says money doesn’t count in public education?

Colorado Capitol Watch

Colorado’s public K-12 education system went broke in 2008-2009. The brokenness was so bad the Legislature created the “negative factor,” the difference between the state dollars per student schools receive and the dollars they should receive.

The negative factor reached a $1,278 per student deficit in 2012-13. It’s now down to $1,000 per student. Children in public schools since 2009 have lost out on $6,006 per student, or $180,180 for a classroom of 30 kids. During the same period, education foundations poured money into the state.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Time to level playing field between retailers, e-tailers

Editor:

Online retail giants have been challenging Colorado’s Main Street merchants on price for nearly a generation now, unfairly helped by an out-of-date U.S. Supreme Court ruling that leaves most online sales free of sales tax. Every year, this unfair competition makes it more difficult for these stores to continue to offer the jobs, personal service, support for local organizations and other contributions only a local business can offer to a community. And it takes away tax revenue needed to pay for vital services like police, firefighters, and schools.

Groups give away pot to vets in wake of state PTSD ruling

The Colorado Statesman

Hundreds of military veterans lined up for free marijuana products in Denver on Saturday in an effort by organizers to raise awareness of the benefits of pot use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Columnist

Hudson: Move to reverse Citizens United can be an uphill, lonely battle

The Colorado Statesman

Stephen Justino of Move to Amend drew a dozen voters to the Mercury Café in Denver on Sunday for a Call to Action aimed at overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling. The 2010 decision established two legal principals: Corporations are entitled to free speech protections like those extended to persons, and spending on political matters equals speech, so spending constraints constitute an improper limitation on free speech.