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Jeff Robbins, chair of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, made a brave statement to the House Energy and Environment committee during his recent presentation on SB19-181, which protects people and the environment rather than promoting oil and gas drilling.

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Several Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly are leading an essential effort to strengthen laws against surging motor vehicle theft in Colorado. This follows a call from Gov. Jared Polis in his State of the State address to “get tough on auto theft sentencing.” It’s about time.

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As is the norm, January is characterized by long nights, gray skies and chilly temperatures. This year is no different. Fittingly, the bleak winter months are well matched to the partisan bickering and political posturing that typically define the beginning of the state legislative session a…

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John Howard, a former Stakeholder Advisory Group member, recently published an opinion piece titled “Politics undermines Colorado wolf plan.” It’s an accurate title — but his premise arguing pro-wolf political interference was warping the state’s wolf management plan is 180 degrees wrong.

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No person who works 40 hours a week should need or even qualify for government support services. Unfortunately, that is our current reality. Of the millions of Americans who rely on the most basic services to maintain essential human needs, a vast majority were found to have full-time employ…

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The law that governs how Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests work in Colorado makes special, explicit mention of the press, i.e., they are treated separately from the general population. Though journalists fill a unique role — gathering and disseminating information is their full-time …

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It has been a long 18 months of volunteer work on the Wolf Stakeholders Advisory Group. Each of the members faced terribly difficult compromises in developing our collective recommendations to Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Now our recommendations are in the hands of the CPW Commission, and …

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In 2007, with the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, the three horse slaughterhouses operating in the United States were shuttered. The act stripped federal funding for horse meat inspectors, meaning horse meat could not be sold as food for human consumption. This didn’t…

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The 2021 legislative session is going to be overshadowed by COVID again this year. Within this shadow lies the opportunity to demonstrate the positive role of government during such times requiring stern and invasive public health policies and those policies’ direct impacts on small business…

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As our state continues to struggle with rising cases, the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the deep structural issues that impact our ability to respond to public health emergencies. While many of the problems we faced last year stem from the Trump administration’s failure to quickly r…

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There are few things like a life-threatening crisis to clarify your perspective. The pandemic, the choices politicians made on our behalf, and the consequences of that combination give us a chance at near 20/20 vision. We just need to put on our pandemic glasses and see if we are willing to learn.

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The word of the year for 2020 could very well have been “unprecedented.” While I’m sure many Coloradans could think of some more choice words to describe the year, that’s the one that comes to mind most often for me. So much of what we lived through in the past 12 months was completely new a…

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For many families, the last nine months have been about just getting by; it’s time for legislators to start thinking about what comes next. Looking ahead, I’m eager to expand on some of our most recent legislative accomplishments, and to tackle the challenges that Coloradans will be facing i…

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With complete control of the building (and all of its extensions), the Democrats on both the first and second floors of the State Capitol might find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

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The 2021 legislative session will begin in unprecedented waters. After the swearing in of members, the legislature will then recess until Feb. 16 in an effort to avoid members contracting COVID-19.

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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…