Gun control activist and businessman Ken Toltz and Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen, an actual rocket scientist at the University of Colorado, announced this week they're jumping into the crowded Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Jared Polis, a candidate for governor.
This just in from the Secretary of State’s Office: Colorado’s economy continues to surge. Not really news, you say? And not necessarily good news, either, given how real estate prices and rents also keep soaring. OK, but unemployment is at historic lows, too. So, a strong economy is a mixed bag.
In any event, don’t blame the messenger: Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. His office announced today that new business entity filings and existing entity renewals with the office’s business division rose in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year. There was a slight dip in both measures from the first quarter this year.
Williams, quoted in a press statement, said:
“New entity filings continue an upward trajectory, which is good news for our state …. There are now nearly 650,000 business entities in good standing filed with our office.”
The data from Williams’s office is tracked and analyzed by the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, which regularly compiles the data in its Quarterly Business & Economic Indicators Report, also on file at the Secretary of State’s Office.
Also quoted in the press release is Richard Wobbekind, director of the Business Research Division:
“At this time the national economy appears poised to continue the third longest expansion in U.S. history …. We see few warning signs that could derail this trajectory over the next year. Colorado’s economy is still holding strong.”
Democrat Joe Neguse, the only declared candidate in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, raised $77,594 in his bid to fill the seat Boulder Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is vacating in order to run for governor, Colorado Politics has learned.
Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus and the group's political action committee are endorsing Democrat Joe Neguse in his bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the Boulder Democrat who is running for Colorado governor in next year's election.
State Sen. Stephen Fenberg and Lindsay Urban, both of Boulder, were married on Saturday, June 26, in an outdoor ceremony at River Bend in Lyons. The ceremony was officiated by Sheila Malcolm, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Ami, a Jewish congregation in Boulder. The bride is the daughter of Andy Urban and Robin Bass of Newton, Massachusetts. The groom is the son of Bill and Harriet Fenberg of Dayton, Ohio.
Vowing to fight President Donald Trump’s “disastrous agenda,” Democrat Joe Neguse, the son of Eritrean immigrants and a former CU regent, declared Tuesday he’s running for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
Democrat Joe Neguse, executive director of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former CU regent, is “near certain” to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by fellow Democrat Jared Polis, who announced Sunday morning he’s running for governor, according to a top Democratic strategist close to Neguse.
Graduation — it’s an event as American as apple pie.
And graduate Abdulsalam Hindawi looked just as American as the thousands of other students decked out in caps and gowns at the University of Colorado Boulder this month.
But his back-story is far from typical.
Hindawi is an asylum-seeker from Syria, who — despite the challenges of having fled his war-torn homeland — managed to achieve what fewer than 1 in 10 Americans have achieved: he earned a master’s degree.
The focus of Hindawi’s research might not surprise you: Refugee Studies.
“I feel like I’m looking at my own past, but with an academic lens,” he said in his speech to his fellow graduates.
Hindawi fled Syria when the war broke out six years ago, spending time in Turkey before applying to and getting accepted to the graduate program at CU.
His mother still lives in Aleppo – the city that’s become synonymous with the civil war that’s estimated to have killed close to half a million people.
Degree in hand, but tough road ahead
Hindawi had a smile on his face throughout graduation day, but his arduous journey is not over. He has his advanced degree in hand, but the documents he really needs — citizenship papers — have not yet been granted.
His speech, however, didn’t focus on his plight as a Syrian asylum-seeker under an administration that’s not friendly towards Syrians or towards refugees.
Instead, Hindawi took to the podium to celebrate the value of a liberal arts education, saying the study of topics like geography can help to bridge the political gaps that divide human beings: “We learned that knowledge isn’t only about books, it’s the knowledge of ourselves and each other as individuals, without discrimination.”
It’s unfortunate that professor Jeffrey Beall has such an inaccurate view of his own university ("Beall: It’s time for regime change at the University of Colorado” Statesman May 17). Certainly it’s fair for faculty or others to criticize leadership for real or perceived problems, but we believe professor Beall missed the mark in several of the points he tried to make.
CU Regent Kyle Hybl has “wholeheartedly” endorsed Colorado Springs Republican Chance Hill for next year’s election for the 5th Congressional District regent’s seat the term-limited Hybl holds, Hill’s campaign announced this week.