Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 31, 20176min511

A bill that enables doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to PTSD patients has gained momentum in the Legislature this year, passing the Senate with broad support on a 34-1 vote and now pressing forward with similar agreement in the House. Sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Boulder, SB 17 would add PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Colorado, permitting patients diagnosed with PTSD to treat their symptoms. Colorado would join more than 20 states — plus Washington, D.C., and two U.S. territories — which permit medical marijuana use to treat PTSD.


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 22, 20176min70629

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters March 6 from the Department of Justice that he thinks there is “real violence” behind the use of recreational marijuana, but Colorado’s marijuana advocates and others across the country are using state and local-level data to push back on Trump administration claims that legalizing marijuana somehow increases crime rates." Sessions also told reporters he had a meeting the same day with the attorney general of Nebraska, who has expressed concerns about marijuana being transported from Colorado into Nebraska.


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerMarch 15, 201710min6029

With U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinting that the Trump administration might intensify the enforcement of federal marijuana laws, Colorado leaders from both sides of the aisle have come to the defense of the state’s legal marijuana industry in an uncommon show of solidarity in what many consider to be divisive political times of unmatched proportion. High-level Colorado politicians like Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper have both publicly defended what has become a lucrative recreational marijuana industry for the state.


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerJanuary 12, 201721min535

Having won a hard-fought 2016 Democratic primary race for the open seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents and then cruising uncontested in the general election, 1st Congressional District Regent Jack Kroll, D-Denver, says he is ready to fight the important battles facing the university. Not long before his, 4th Congressional District Regent Sue Sharkey and At-Large Regent Heidi Ganahl's swearing-in on Jan. 6, Kroll spoke to The Colorado Statesman about his vision for CU and the many issues that are currently challenging the state's higher education system. As is so often the starting point in conversations about higher education in Colorado, Kroll discussed the public funding dilemma.


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerNovember 28, 201624min365

Turkey pardoning aside, Thanksgiving is a time for political puff-pieces. So, in retrospect of this year's food-filled holiday of grace, here's a well-deserved “puff-piece” for our hard-working and fierce campaigning Statehouse candidates … Thanksgiving provided Colorado’s politicos — many of them still recovering from the campaign trail — an opportunity to take a break from daily political tasks and instead overeat exorbitant amounts of delicious home-cooking and spend some valuable time with friends and family. The downtime arrived to the embrace of welcoming arms. Black Friday? Phhbt! It’s got nothing on Election 2016. The Colorado Statesman caught up with a few of your state legislators to see what exactly it was they had been up to during the holiday. Some had a whole lot to be thankful for, celebrating wins in competitive districts after successfully kicking it through the ever-moving goal post of the 2016 election season, while others were just appreciative in the more traditional holiday sense. Here’s what they had to say:


Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerNovember 16, 201655min468

Compelling political television advertisements can play an important role in introducing candidates to the public, expressing their policy positions and effectively persuading voters to fill in that candidate's circle on the ballot come Election Day. As in all modern presidential elections, Colorado television sets were flooded with political ads in the 2016 election cycle. Some were flashy and impressive and others were relatively disappointing. From the perspective of seasoned campaigners, certain criteria must be met in order to hit the political advertising bulls-eye. Essential factors include the creative quality of the production, the potency of the message, the effectiveness of the delivery and the resulting response from viewers. But most importantly, ads must resonate with their carefully targeted audiences. In 2016, some ads cut it while others would have been better off on the cutting room floor.