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

Six percent solution

We look forward to a return to more representative government in Colorado. Not fully, of course, as there should always be an opportunity for voters to place a few (reasonable) initiatives on the...

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

Unique learning will grow from interests at Big Picture School

Durango High School is a high-achieving school with an excellent reputation. Our success is the result of a talented staff working collaboratively to improve teaching and learning and to prepare...

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

Measure raises health care access

It's been a while since I've written about the bills I'm carrying this session, so here's an update. The two juvenile justice bills are headed to the Senate, as is my youth council amendment bill....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Supplemental bills now in House

Friday was the 45th day of the 120-day legislative session. However, it seemed more like the 100th. Committee hearings were going late, legislators and staff were looking tired and stressed, and...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

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