Ten years in the Legislature, but time to go home

As of last week, my work on the wildfire matters and the water interim committees concluded and, for many legislators, the focus shifts to the elections and the next legislative session. There are...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

New year, new challenges, some good news for state

It is hard to believe that the year 2011 is gone and we are diving headlong into 2012. Like 2011, 2012 will have its challenges, which we will welcome with open arms. Now is a time to make...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Summer fair season showcases district’s best

It’s hard to believe we’re already past summer’s midpoint, but the start of county fairs tells me it’s true. With so much happening, or not happening, on the national level, it’s important to take...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Settling the state’s budget a difficult, but critical task

Act 1 of the budget drama in the Colorado Senate is over, with the final reading of the budget bills scheduled for early this week. Assuming they pass, the bills then will head to the House for...

DATE: April 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Once again, the budget will dominate legislative session

It’s that time again where I’m back up in Denver for the next four months for the new legislative session. What’s in store is less certain this year as it’s a different political climate with...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Orientation prepares legislators

As we near the end of the year, many people are busy preparing for the holidays and look forward to spending time with friends and family. For Colorado state legislators, though, it’s also the time...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Here’s hoping 2nd time’s a charm for some bills

Watching television reruns often seems like a waste of time. Still, reruns can serve a purpose if you missed the show the first time, or if you enjoyed it enough, you’ll watch it again.I bring this...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Summer a time for lawmakers to increase knowledge of issues

In August, after enjoying seeing and talking with people at the remaining county fairs in Southwest Colorado, I won my primary and am headed on to the November general election. Being on the...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

County fairs show importance of agriculture

The month of August, for me, always has meant county fairs. The small town where I grew up is the longtime home of a large county fair, and working at a fair food booth gave local teens like me a...

DATE: July 31, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Stakeholders listening to TV complaints

Last week, I mentioned that Southwest Colorado trying to get television programming from Denver was like peeling anonion, meaning that for every layer we peeled off in this quest, there's always...

DATE: May 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

House resolution reveals many layers to TV issue

The House Joint Resolution that I sponsored supporting efforts to make Denver television available to all customers inSouthwest Colorado seemed to have hit a snag in its progress.Because of the...

DATE: April 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

2-1-1, hospice services bills move to Senate

The week went by quickly with my last two bills making it out of the House Appropriations Committee and then throughsecond and third readings on the House floor. They now move over to the Senate,...

DATE: April 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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