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Chris Romer

Blog Entries by Chris Romer

Standing Up for All of Denver's Kids

Posted April 27, 2011 | 17:00:29 (EST)

This past Friday, Earth Day, I was reminded of why I am running for mayor. I spent some time with middle school students at La Academia, a school for at-risk kids near the Baker neighborhood of Denver. We talked about overcoming obstacles, the environment, and why working hard in school...

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Supporting Denver's LGBT Community and Equality for All Coloradans

Posted April 18, 2011 | 18:08:37 (EST)

On Friday, I released my policy paper supporting Denver's LGBT community. I am the only candidate in the mayoral race that has a stand-alone platform specifically addressing the issues of concern to Denver's LGBT citizens and their families.

As mayor, I will work to ensure Denver treats all its citizens...

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The "Cupcake Truck" and Denver's Future

Posted February 17, 2011 | 16:56:48 (EST)

Many Denverites, myself included, look forward each day to the arrival of the "Cupcake Truck" -- a business on wheels that delivers delicious treats to workers and residents across our city. Yet, earlier this year, the Cupcake Truck was curbed. Its small business owners tried to do everything right. They...

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Preserving a Victory on Payday Lending Reform

Posted September 1, 2010 | 18:07:44 (EST)

When you win a fight fair and square, you don't expect the score to be changed after the fact. But apparently special interest lobbyists play by a different set of rules.

This past legislative session, we won a hard fight to pass

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Earn-to-Learn: Innovative Incentives for Learning

Posted May 8, 2010 | 00:02:29 (EST)

Yesterday I read a troubling article in the Denver Post. It reported that thirty percent of third graders in Colorado are not reading at grade level. Coupled with the fact that the proportion of Denver Public Schools third graders testing at or above grade level on the reading portion of...

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Fix I-70 Day

Posted April 22, 2010 | 11:30:15 (EST)

This Article Was Written With State Senator Dan Gibbs And State Rep. Christine Scanlan

Like many Coloradans, the three of us frequently use the I-70 mountain corridor to get back and forth between the Front Range and our state's beloved mountains. Whether it is to ski, to bike or simply...

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Cutting College Scholarships Should Be Colorado's Last Resort

Posted April 8, 2010 | 19:46:31 (EST)

Myself and a bi-partisan group of legislators are working to keep the state from liquidating $29.8 million from the CollegeInvest Early Achievement Scholarship fund. Instead, we believe that cuts from the Early Achievement Scholarship fund should only be a last resort. Not only is it bad policy to...

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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like A Near Death Experience Unless You Are A Colorado MMJ Supporter

Posted January 17, 2010 | 13:04:59 (EST)

Vince Carroll of the Denver Post hit the nail on the head with his column on Saturday:

Medical marijuana backers just won't take yes for an answer. The Denver City Council this week took the extraordinary step of passing regulations that will allow 200 to...

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The Great Smoke-In, or, Finding Common Ground on Medical Marijuana

Posted January 14, 2010 | 11:13:01 (EST)

All kidding aside, the problem in the medical marijuana debate is that it's very hard to represent a group of patients who are afraid to come out of the shadows to share their needs and their pain, and the benefits they get from medical marijuana. A legislative process is...

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Colorado Medical Marijuana: A Whiff of Greed May Cost Janice Her MMJ

Posted January 9, 2010 | 19:23:24 (EST)

Several months ago the very first email I received after I announced my intention to carry a medical marijuana bill was from Janice Beecher. Little did I know how spot on her prediction would be. She pleaded:

Good Morning Senator Romer,

I am alarmed by the ease...

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Medical Marijuana: A Common Sense Policy for Colorado

Posted December 8, 2009 | 12:22:45 (EST)

Marijuana. Most people see it as a recreational drug and are skeptical of its tangible, medical benefits for patients with chronic pain, including those whose use of prescribed narcotics often leaves them vulnerable to addiction.

Take, for instance, the story of Janice Beecher. A Colorado resident since 1968, she...

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