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Today may be the say SB228 passes the state senate.  Then we do this all over again in the house.

Hmm, I've been saying the same thing about the newspaper industry:

Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That’s been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we’re going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead.

When we shift our attention from ’save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.

The Bureau of Land Management is about to offer up another set of parcels for auction for oil and gas leases.  This comes after some were withdrawn due to environmental issues.

More evidence oil and gas development is contaminating drinking water in Garfield county.  Commissioners are asking for a stop to some drilling to investigate.

Whining about activist judges on upholding the mill-levy freeze from man on sheep Janet Rowland:

Commissioner Janet Rowland called it "a sad day for the taxpayers of Colorado" and said the "liberal Colorado Supreme Court had to ramble on for 45 pages of legalese to try and justify this shell game of a tax increase."

I'm not sure how it's a sad day for taxpayers when the the court just upheld what those tax payers voted for.

More obfuscation on this from AG Suthers.  He whines that

I remain convinced that the Colorado Constitution dictates that the voters decide when their taxes should be increased," Suthers said in a statement.

That's exactly what happened when voters in 185 of 187 school districts votes to freeze their mill-levies.

Will someone get these mother f*cking snakes out of the motherf*cking crawl space!

Boulder county is looking at new rules that will make it easier for homeowners to install small wind turbines.

Tina Griego writes about Latinos organizing at the capitol and quotes my friend and neighbor Amber Tafoya:

Amber Tafoya, an up-and-comer, said she thought there had been a "crisis of invisibility."

"And there's a desire to be visible. It's the same self-determination that propelled the Founding Fathers. It's the ability to have a say in your life and your government."

Cross-posted at Squarestate

Originally posted to johne on Tue Mar 17, 2009 at 07:46 AM PDT.

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