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Politics

  • Candidates for district attorney both favor use of specialty courts

    The two candidates vying for district attorney in Jeffco might be from different political parties, but both say they are committed to reform in the criminal justice system through expanding the use of specialty courts.

    Incumbent DA Pete Weir, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jake Lilly of Evergreen, agree that Jeffco’s specialized problem-solving courts, including dedicated drug, adult mental health and veterans courts, provide a better and more tailored approach.

  • Planning panel member is re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

    The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrive in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Jeffco resistant to changes in election rules

    Jeffco officials last week slammed proposed changes in election rules from the secretary of state’s office, saying moves toward requiring all counties to use the same election system would create an unfair monopoly.

    Among Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ proposed changes is a proposal to certify only a single election system, Dominion Voting Systems, a change from the past, when counties have been able to choose among several vendors.

  • Jeffco prepares for arrival of immigrant kids

    The potential spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented Central American children at a Jeffco federal facility should have few impacts on local law enforcement and the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Administration of Children and Families, which is overseeing the program.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Rosier announces bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican County Commissioner Don Rosier took his first shots at Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet last Thursday as he kicked off a campaign for the U.S. Senate.