When I reported to college as a freshman, the British historian Arnold Toynbee had completed his twelve-volume history of the world a decade earlier and its theories about the rise and collapse of civilizations remained all the rage on campus. Although I was not a history major, I took most …

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When I reported to college as a freshman, the British historian Arnold Toynbee had completed his twelve-volume history of the world a decade earlier and its theories about the rise and collapse of civilizations remained all the rage on campus. Although I was not a history major, I took most …

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As usual, the hefty Democratic majorities in the Colorado state legislature spent much of their time fighting against the libertarian spirit of Colorado voters rather than the opposition party Republicans.

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Democratic strategist Ted Trimpa is one of the architects of the progressive takeover of this once-tolerant and relatively sane state of Colorado. Before this legislative session I asked him what he feared most from his team now that they control every lever of power.

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Stephanie Stewart: "The Colorado legislature, specifically bill sponsors Sens. Brittany Pettersen and Kevin Priola and Reps. Chris Kennedy and Leslie Herod, should be applauded for passing HB21-1276. This bill would improve access to evidenced-based treatments that can improve chronic pain, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and acupuncture."

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Matt Soper: "After the job insecurity for nurses and other health-care providers caused by the Democrat’s state-controlled health plan, this is yet another insult to the sacrifices made by front-line health-care workers over the course of this terrible pandemic."

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Diana Petrak: "Instead of preventing conduct that is likely intentional, SB 176 centralizes a deeper conflict-resolution process at the state level. If passed, the Colorado Civil Rights Division must determine whether an exchange that could be unintentional deserves penalties or serious sanctions in civil courts."

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Joe Roybal: "Even with a subsequent change in the law, there is no reason to believe our citizens expect someone not to be held accountable for their decisions based on the laws in place at the time."

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Mason Tvert: "Imagine if nearly 10 years after the repeal of alcohol prohibition, a governor pardoned a few thousand adults whose only crime had been possession of a case of beer or a couple bottles of vodka. Polis is essentially doing just that, only in this case the individuals in question possessed a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society."

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Sam Bradley: "I have been confident that Colorado’s economic recovery would be driven by the oil and gas industry. It is one of the state’s leading employers and economic drivers. That’s why I was deeply disappointed to learn that Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet voted three times last week to stop our recovery before it can even begin."

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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…