Immigration, separation and mastication 

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Last week, evangelical organizations began a $250,000 ad campaign designed to push Congress on making immigration reform a reality. It includes radio and billboard ads in 13 states — and for once, our "purple state" isn't among the targets.

But it'd be foolish to think that Colorado will sit this one out. In this week's feature story (starting here), it takes history professor Molly Worthen just a few hundred words before she's quoting Jim Daly, president of Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family. Daly's one of the evangelical leaders who see value in reforms along the lines of those proposed by Congress' Gang of Eight, which includes Colorado's own Sen. Michael Bennet.

Meanwhile, as J. Adrian Stanley points out in her companion piece (here) to Worthen's story, immigration was a big deal in this year's state legislative session, too. All the momentum suggests this summer's immigration debate might be different — in other words, productive.

But if you don't buy it, or personally want to steer clear of the issue, you should find some other eye-openers in this week's paper. Facing the threat of a lawsuit, the City this week finally turned over 29 severance agreements it made with former municipal employees. Pam Zubeck's story here offers a little glimpse inside Mayor Steve Bach's sausage-making factory.

Meanwhile, for those turned off by meat of all kinds, we've got not only a tofu-sculpted Pikes Peak on our cover, but also a full story (here) on going vegan in the Springs.

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