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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.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Historical hatred breeds contemporary contempt

A weeklong exhibit seeks to educate about past and present discrimination against Mexican-Americans

By Caitlin Rockett
Philip Hernandez says two years ago his uncle John told him about a store on 24th Street in Boulder (now Folsom Street) that he remembered from his childhood. It wasn’t so much a memory about the store as it was a sign in the store’s front window: “No Mexicans or dogs allowed.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Opening the political party landscape

By Harry Hempy
An alternative strategy for populist, grassroots, freedom-loving voters who don’t care for the moneybags of the Democratic and Republican parties is to create a new major political party that represents their interests. In fact, 60 percent of voters want a third major party — want more candidates — according to the Gallup poll of October 2013.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Who killed the vote on fracking?

Why Colorado’s anti-fracking measures were not supported by Democrats and environmental groups

By Joel Dyer, Matt Cortina & Elizabeth Miller
At first glance, determining who to blame for the fact that Colorado voters will not get their chance to decide for themselves who controls oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in their neighborhoods seems simple enough. On Monday, Aug. 4, as the result of a political compromise with Colorado’s Democratic Governor, John Hickenlooper, U.
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