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Thursday, October 30,2014

American exile

One Colorado man hides in a church basement to avoid deportation from the U.S. and his family

By Matt Cortina
On the day he was scheduled for deportation, Oct. 21, García moved into the basement of the First Unitarian Society of Denver. He cannot leave for fear that U.S. immigration agents will arrest him and deport him to Mexico, away from his wife and daughters.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Bench bias

Colorado is only one of six states that provides voters with information about judges standing for retention, but some worry that implicit bias may exist within the state’s judicial evaluation process

By Caitlin Rockett
While judges do campaign in some states, Colorado attempts to minimize the political influence that occurs through campaigning by appointing judges via a merit system. Judges then stand in yes/no retention elections after sitting on the bench for a period of time.
Thursday, October 30,2014

The problem with pavement

Ballot Issue 1A versus skyrocketing asphalt prices

By Josh Gross
The biggest part of repairs is rebuilding washed-out roads, something that is estimated by the county to take five years and cost more than half of the $217 million in total estimated recovery costs. Even with federal disaster funds, there would still be an estimated funding gap of $56 million.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Side projects

Paul Weissmann has his own plans for the Boulder County Treasurer’s office

By Josh Gross
It’s a slightly nebulous-sounding goal. But Weissman worked on and off in the state legislature for 20 years, and developed a reputation as something of a fixer, someone that bridges divides and makes things happen behind the scenes.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Just a number

Why a rating from one small group means more to some legislators than you do

By Matt Cortina
One group you’ve probably never heard of, the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, commonly referred to as CUT, holds significant sway in Denver, according to numerous legislators on both sides of the aisle. Specifically, their policies directly affect Republican action, even striking fear into Republicans who vote against CUT positions.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Is the way the state handles oil & gas complaints criminal?

Criminologists find troubling pattern of state agency under-reporting complaints and leaving Coloradans feeling voiceless

By Elizabeth Miller
When two Colorado-based green criminologists turned to examine the heated local issue of oil and gas development with their area of focus in mind — not what is a crime, but what should be considered a crime — they found a pattern among the response...
Thursday, October 16,2014

2C or not 2C isn’t the question

Should Boulder follow Longmont’s lead and provide a public option for faster, more affordable Internet?

By Gavin Dahl
With upload and download speeds of 1 gigabit per second for around $50 per month, soon Longmont residents will be able to download entire HD movies in 10 seconds while paying the best price in the state. Construction began in August and customers can begin signing up for Longmont’s new service in November.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Lyons businesses bare all

Businesses in the flood-devastated town of Lyons strip down for a fundraiser calendar

By Caitlin Rockett
“I talked to other businesses in town and it was the same thing — we were back in town, but we weren’t back to normal,” says Muldoon, owner of Lyons Physical Therapy. “I wanted to fundraise, but I also wanted to promote business and at the same time I wanted to have fun doing it.
Thursday, October 9,2014

ELECTION 2014 VOTE GUIDE

By Boulder Weekly Staff
It’s that time again … time to exercise our greatest privilege and responsibility as citizens by voting. As has become the norm, we have Democratic, Republican, Independent, Green Party and Libertarian candidates on the ballot, along with a host of important ballot measures that will determine how we proceed on several important issues.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Who killed the vote on fracking?—Glossary

(environmental program director, 2002-08), the Energy Foundation (president, 1991- 2002) and the ClimateWorks Foundation (founder, 2008-11). He also co-chaired the Risky Business Project with Henry Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.
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