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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 29, 20178min778

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democratic lawmakers say it’s a simple fix, but Republicans say it’s anything but. As next week’s special legislative session approaches — it’s set to convene Monday — Republican leaders in the Capitol and outside pressure groups are ramping up their opposition and predict the endeavor will be an expensive waste of time. It isn’t the reaction Hickenlooper expected when he issued a formal call for the session earlier in September so lawmakers could correct a drafting error in a tax bill that’s costing some special districts hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 21, 201729min860

Introducing a panel of foreign policy and national security experts convened on Thursday, Feb. 16, to sort out the impact of President Donald Trump on global security, moderator Samuel Rascoff recalled remarks — possibly apocryphal — attributed to Zhou Enlai on the occasion of President Nixon’s groundbreaking 1972 visit to the Chinese mainland. Asked what he thought about the French Revolution, the Chinese premier is supposed to have replied, “It’s too soon to tell.”


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 29, 201611min73

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … The Mizel Museum celebrated the opening of a new exhibit: Muslim Nations, The Statesman reported, a subsection of its Bridges of Understanding exhibit which highlighted the similarities between the two religions while appreciating their differences along with the many other ethnic and religious groups practicing in Colorado. The Bridges exhibit opened in 1994 and highlighted the Asian Pacific, Native American, African-American, Jewish and Hispanic cultures through the study of ceremonies, traditions and customs practiced within the context of “Rites of Passage.”


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Wellington WebbWellington WebbNovember 15, 201614min940

As we begin to digest the 2016 election results, let me begin with our successes. First, I want to congratulate Denver voters on our 80 percent turnout, which is outstanding. I also want to congratulate Emmy Ruiz for running a great campaign in Colorado for Hillary Clinton. She helped make Colorado blue and bring Hillary our vote. Emmy was calm throughout the campaign, met with everyone she needed to and kept focus. It’s unfortunate we didn’t have more people like her nationwide. I’m also glad Denver and metro voters endorsed continuing the tax on the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District along with the Denver Public Schools bond proposal. Additionally, it was gratifying voters statewide understood the need to protect our Constitution and endorsed Amendment 71.