It’s difficult to assess when a special session of the Colorado legislature is genuinely special. During the 1970s it seemed like Gov. Dick Lamm was convening a special session to deal with grasshopper infestation on the eastern plains every other summer. An appropriation was approved for th…

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It’s difficult to assess when a special session of the Colorado legislature is genuinely special. During the 1970s it seemed like Gov. Dick Lamm was convening a special session to deal with grasshopper infestation on the eastern plains every other summer. An appropriation was approved for th…

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Jon Caldara: "Businesses that were barely hanging on will go out of business. The Christmas bonus for those families depending on paychecks from them will be a pink slip and unemployment. At least Scrooge only ruined the Cratchit family’s Christmas."

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Hal Bidlack:  "I want to draw your attention to a relatively minor story about a relatively minor Supreme Court decision that came down in the late evening hours last Wednesday, because it signals a disquieting, dangerous, and perhaps dystopian future."

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Nearly all Americans have concerns with America’s current forms of voting. For decades, liberals have claimed that voters are disenfranchised. The ACLU has a website dedicated to voting problems in the 2020 election. The ACLU claims politicians are trying “to manipulate political outcomes.” Sounds like conservatives concerned with the presidential election. I’m not sure, however, Twitter is putting disclaimers on ACLU’s content.

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Colorado voters have just successfully voted by mail in greater numbers than ever. More than 3 million Coloradans cast their ballots from the comfort and convenience of their homes, and by using a secure dropbox or by dropping their ballot in the mail; voters were also able to cast their ballots in person at Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs). Everything went smoothly, and the county clerks and the secretary of state are to be commended for a seamless election.

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We live in a truly strange and unsettling time in America.  Never before have I seen ordinary, hard-working Americans so on edge, so angry, so spoiling for a fight — about anything or with anyone, even people they recently considered personal friends.

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In general, churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious communities should be exempt from government COVID restrictions — but not from implementing their own common sense health measures. With COVID infections on the rise and vaccines still unavailable, the temptation to give governme…

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Tony Gagliardi: "Colorado’s small businesses, at least the ones that remain open and operational in this coronavirus era, are rapidly running out of taxable income to contribute to the state for all it wants to do on behalf of its citizenry."

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Heidi Stelzer: "When fires ignite, the news ignites. The media tell the stories of fires, evacuations and death. But to really be safe, we need to grow roots, building our resilience to climate change threats through human-to-human connections."

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on Colorado’s housing challenges, with many good people coming up with bad ideas. It’s important that the policy prescriptions we adopt in Colorado aren’t knee-jerk reactions. In the short term, the best way to help renters who are struggling — and t…

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For most families, their single largest living expense is housing. In Colorado, rents continue to rise as wages have remained mostly stagnant. Many of our elected officials in Colorado have been working diligently to ensure that a portion of new housing built in Colorado is affordable. We ne…

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Months and years before COVID-19 effectively derailed the economy, the affordable housing crisis throughout Colorado was a grave concern, and evictions were being filed at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, the crisis has only intensified during the pandemic.

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At the start of March, the metro-Denver residential real estate spring market was showing signs of being one of the strongest on record. When COVID-19 hit and ensuing shutdowns took effect, the market halted for a brief window of time but almost immediately rebounded. In July, the metro-Denv…

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The past six months have certainly been difficult for our state. Colorado — and our state’s citizens, businesses, schools and nonprofits — have risen to the challenge to contain this pandemic, keep our communities safe and healthy, and maintain our economy.

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Experiencing homelessness is absolutely incompatible with the current public health crisis we are in. You can’t “stay home” when you don’t have one. Further, living in congregate shelter facilities or encampments can increase exposure to and the spread of COVID-19.  The crisis of homelessnes…

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Although we don’t yet know when we will emerge from its economic and health disruptions, we do know that COVID-19 has dramatically reshaped transportation in two major ways: behavior and resources. Fully understanding the array of impacts of COVID-19 is a key step to getting Colorado and its…

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Colorado’s once robust economy is flagging. Storefronts are shuttered, job losses are mounting and families are hurting. COVID-19 has slammed the brakes on the world’s economy, hampering entire industries from restaurants and food service, to tourism, and yes, to oil and natural gas.