No news is bad news

For Westerners interested in the news, one of the biggest stories lately is the crisis in the news industry itself. A few highlights - or perhaps lowlights - of what's been happening:•Washington...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

State budget issues dominate work at Capitol

A visitor to the Capitol might think everything is pretty much business as usual. A lot of bills covering many different topics are moving through the House and Senate committees. But while it may...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Costs must be weighed in decisions

Last week, I gave you a break from my column's previous talk of the doom and gloom about the budget.A reader sent me an e-mail saying I shouldn't apologize for asking you to think about the serious...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Covering kids

Washington observers, including concerned taxpayers, are understandably focused on the economic stimulus bill being debated in Congress. The mind-numbing amount of money being discussed is enough...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama has long-shot chance for lasting Middle East peace

DAVOS, Switzerland - In any discussion of the Middle East at the World Economic Forum here in Davos, the central figure is a man who isn't even here: President Barack Obama.Obama's first moves are...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Nicholas Kristof

Salazar cleaning up at Interior

As the new Interior secretary, Ken Salazar brings a Colorado perspective to the agency that manages extensive tracts of public land. That background already has infused Salazar's agenda at the...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama and secrecy

The world has followed every move of President Barack Obama in his first days in office, and with good reason. These are unsettled times, and expectations are high.In his most important act to...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

9-R: The Road Ahead

Recently, our newly elected President Barack Obama called for a "21st century education system," and as a result, this has become a popular catch phrase throughout public education.I believe one...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Dedicated youths working on conservation bring optimism to Capitol

This week's column will be more upbeat than last week's, which focused pretty much on the dire financial conditions of our state government.Not that the financial news got any better this week, but...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Lawmakers wrestle with gas, oil rules

On balance, I would have to say it was a productive week at the Capitol in Denver. The bills I have introduced are all moving along fine, and I was able to amend a couple of others.The biggest...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Why are we not prosecuting Wall Street's socialist jet-setters?

WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama spreads his New Testament balm over the capital, I'm longing for a bit of Old Testament wrath.Couldn't he throw down his BlackBerry tablet and smash it in...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Close elections

More often than not, elections produce clear results. One candidate receives a statistically decisive majority and a winner is declared. There are times, however, when it is not so simple. Most...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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