Miller Hudson: "Before we defund the police or reinvent policing — or, worse yet, expand their authority to include a presumptive right to run down protesters with their vehicles — we should pause to reconsider the proper role of policing in a democratic society."

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Miller Hudson: "Before we defund the police or reinvent policing — or, worse yet, expand their authority to include a presumptive right to run down protesters with their vehicles — we should pause to reconsider the proper role of policing in a democratic society."

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Nellie Dephtereos: "Despite the difficulties and closures small businesses have faced, the homeless community, however, has managed to build something of an empire, a permanence that has taken on new life since COVID-19."

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Colorado Senate Bill 188, in its current form, jeopardizes Colorado’s much-touted reputation as a leader in election security and must be rejected or amended to minimize risk to our elections.Under current law, voters with disabilities are allowed to electronically receive and mark a ballot,…

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The last year of the COVID-19 pandemic created widespread concern about the health and well-being of ourselves, our loved ones and our community. Beyond worrying about contracting the virus, many have worried about their or others’ ability to receive routine care. Now, Colorado politicians a…

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America’s conversation about climate change typically offers two options. One is full governmental control and the American economy’s destruction. Legislation like Colorado Senate Bill 21-200, which is currently making its way through the General Assembly, is of that kind. The other option i…

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Fire seasons are a thing of the past — but not in a good way. According to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control Director Mike Morgan, Coloradans should expect wildfires to be “a year-round phenomena” instead of just fire “seasons.” Wildfires made stronger and hotter by climat…

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Barney Strobel: "The climate impacts we are experiencing in Colorado are a result of global warming caused by emissions from countries around the world. All emissions, including those from Colorado, contribute to global warming, but Colorado produces only about 120 million tons of CO2 equivalents, or only about 0.21% of the 2019 total Global GHG of 57,400 million tons."

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State Sen. Jim Smallwood: "We can, and often do craft policy that makes the problem worse. From what I’ve seen and heard from our doctors and hospitals, the proposed 'public option' that Democrats have introduced would do just that."

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Lang Sias and Amy Slothower: "Record growth in government revenue has led to an estimated $5.3 billion in state surplus funds. Legislators would be wise to use these funds to tackle some of the most fundamental and persistent challenges in our state budget. Addressing the substantial debt that our Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) has racked up should be a top priority."

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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…