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The City Council does not look like a pleasant place to be right now, and it is unlikely to get better soon. With three seats up for grabs, some of the personal friction evident of late could calm...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Criticism needed for gas, oil rules

Two years ago, the Colorado Legislature passed three bills that centered around the gas and oil industry and the impact energy production has on surface owners, the state's wildlife and the...

DATE: March 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

'No' to House Bill 1238

In 2002, the Colorado General Assembly enacted important reforms to prevent abuses in government seizures of private property. The measure had bipartisan sponsorship and was overwhelmingly approved...

DATE: March 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns


Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is the president's second choice (after the humiliated Tom Daschle) to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and she is a curious choice indeed.Three...

DATE: March 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budgeting bill moves to conference

Let me start with an update on the Fiscal Year 2009 budget-balancing bills, one of which relates to important tourism funding.Last week, I mentioned a couple of the budget-balancing bills we heard...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Obama and Iraq

President Barack Obama laid out his plan for Iraq on Friday, and it is both hopeful and prudent. That befits the changed reality he found waiting for him in the White House. While Iraq certainly...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Salazar makes right call on oil shale

When he was a senator, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressed his concern about a rush to explore oil shale development on Colorado's Western Slope. That concern translated to action this week...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The fight for the dream

My great-grandfather Nicholas was named for his birthplace - the ship that brought his parents to the new world. His mother boarded a wooden sailing ship knowing she might die in labor, far from...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Some emotional debates mark long week

If you've wondered whether my job at the Legislature is boring, last week's events should prove to you otherwise.The contentious week began with a vote on House Bill 1260, a measure that provides...

DATE: March 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Race and politics

Eric Holder, U.S. attorney general, garnered both attention and ire last week by calling the United States a "nation of cowards" when it came to openly and honestly discussing race."We, average...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Keep sports priorities straight

Participating in sports has for a long time been a childhood tradition that, over the years, has grown in intensity for athletes, their coaches and their parents. What began as a pastime has become...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

High expectations are the norm in Animas High School model

At Animas High School, we believe in educating students for the future, not for the past. We believe kids have the right to a free, public education that encourages them to reach their potential....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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