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Wednesday, July 3,2013

A reason to celebrate

Democracy still alive and well when citizens overcome corporate money

By Boulder Weekly Staff
The growing corporatization of America, the control that major companies and their lobbyists have over our elected officials, the back-room deals struck between the wealthy and the powerful.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Fiber power

In 2011, voters passed Longmont network measure despite corporate campaign

By Steve Weishampel
When is a big, bad city government the little guy? When it’s going up against corporations and their trade associations that have shown they aren’t afraid to bend the truth.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Longmont fractivists overcame $443K campaign to pass ban

By Elizabeth Miller
As organizers drew together for the campaign to ban fracking in Longmont, they faced a slew of obstacles, from explicit threats of lawsuits by the governor to being out-fundraised by the oil and gas industry by about $18 for every $1 donated to their campaign — and the industry’s campaign spending came out to $10 per active voter.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Municipalization battle

Last-minute grassroots campaign pays off

By David Accomazzo
Sometime in 2011, as the citizens of Boulder were deciding whether to take the first step towards municipalizing the electric utility, Xcel Energy’s partner in anti-municipalization, the Boulder Smart Energy Coalition, paid to produce a series of “Harry and Louise” commercials warning residents against the dangers should they vote yes.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

About face

A behind-the-scenes look at what made Boulder County commissioners change their minds on the oil & gas moratorium

By Jefferson Dodge
What a difference a month makes. On May 21, the Boulder County commissioners decided not to extend a 16-month-old moratorium on new applications for oil and gas drilling. At that time, only Commissioner Elise Jones supported the idea; commissioners Deb Gardner and Cindy Domenico did not.
Thursday, June 27,2013

Silver lining for organic farmers in Monsanto suit

By Joel Dyer
On June 10, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling in favor of Monsanto in a lawsuit filed against the seed industry giant by Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA), et. al., in 2010.
Thursday, June 27,2013

Hostel hostility

Plan for climbers’ lodge has Eldorado Springs in a tizzy

By Jefferson Dodge
A plan to convert the Eldorado Springs Post Office building into a hostel for climbers has gotten some members of the small community up in arms.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Nacchio's trial, defense and conviction

By Joel Dyer, David Accomazzo and Jefferson Dodge
When former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio was convicted of insider trading in Denver in April 2007, the jury was not permitted to hear what may well have been his strongest defense: that his company’s stock went south because it lost federal government contracts after Nacchio refused to provide the feds with access to private customer data.
Thursday, June 20,2013

A history of Groundbreaker

By Joel Dyer, David Accomazzo and Jefferson Dodge
In 1999, the National Security Agency began a feasibility study to determine whether the agency could outsource the job of upgrading its massive IT systems to companies in the private sector.
Thursday, June 20,2013

NSA uses 'terrorism' to justify mass surveillance that started long before 9/11 and the Patriot Act

By Joel Dyer, David Accomazzo and Jefferson Dodge
But what if that wasn’t the whole story? What if fighting terrorism were only an afterthought in the government’s motives behind the creation of the secret spy programs exposed by Snowden? What would we do if it were discovered that this massive government intrusion into our private lives had been going on long before the first plane hit the first Trade Center tower?
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