Kelly Sloan: "The death last week of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the pending nomination of her replacement on the Supreme Court has thrown a hand grenade into the 2020 election."
Kelly Sloan: "Say what you will about the newly-constituted Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — it’s certainly taking its new legislatively-mandated role to dismantle the state's economy seriously."
Kelly Sloan: "The problems and politics surrounding housing policy and homelessness have taken on new exposure this year amid the pandemic and the other agitations which have branded this year what it is. In Denver, it has been most starkly illuminated in the advent of the numerous camps and tent cities springing up around the beleaguered downtown core."
Kelly Sloan: "Denver has not reached Portland’s level of lawlessness but has had more than its share, and the violence continues to re-erupt periodically."
Paula Noonan: "The best part about Amendment C is that a YES vote is not a POLITICAL vote. You can encourage your neighbor of opposite political party to vote YES on Amendment C. You can encourage your church friends to vote YES on Amendment C because religious charitable groups, along with Veterans of Foreign Wars, are some of the most prominent beneficiaries of Colorado BINGO."
Paula Noonan: "It seems the only way Coloradans will support increased education dollars these days is through sin taxes."
Paula Noonan: "The words loser and sucker share a common colloquial definition now. They are terms the president uses to describe men and women who have sacrificed their freedom and in many instances their lives in military service to their country. The president cited U.S. Senator and POW John McCain as an example."
Paula Noonan: "Can Coloradans agree that this protester violence, mostly among white people, has to stop? Can we agree that any praise or encouragement of this violence must stop? Can we agree that there is an exponential degree of difference, recognized in the legal system and by moral humanity, between murder and property damage, but that damage to property is also awful and must stop?"
Hal Bidlack: "With the passing of RBG many on the far right are excited about putting another religious conservative on the nation’s highest court, and they may well get away with doing it, regardless of hypocrisy challenges. ... The Founders had hoped to keep the judicial system as free from political entanglements as possible, but in the 21st century, we must accept the new reality that the judiciary in general, and the Supreme Court specifically, is now a fully political branch of government."
Hal Bidlack: "As it has in other areas of the U.S., the issue of which things should be named after which people presents some difficult choices."
Hal Bidlack: "A recent Colorado Politics cover story powerfully examines the plight of the arts in Colorado and in the nation at large. And yet, I suspect that quite a few of our regular readers may have skipped or at best skimmed that story on their way to more 'important' news about businesses and politics. And that is a pity…"
Jimmy Sengenberger: "As President Trump and the U.S. Senate celebrate her life and legacy, they must heed the supermajority of Americans who believe the Senate should move forward with nominating and confirming a new justice. Even more, Sen. Cory Gardner should support and vote for Trump’s selection."
Jimmy Sengenberger: "Parents are able to observe a teacher in action and teachers can get a glimpse inside a student’s home. So, what happens if a teacher sees an item in the home that makes them feel uncomfortable? Late last month, we got one disturbing answer."
Jimmy Sengenberger: "When he signed Senate Bill 19-181 into law, Gov. Jared Polis claimed the 'oil and gas wars' were 'over.' Yet they really began that very day."
Miller Hudson: "By way of background it’s important to recall that Gallagher was not a discrete, stand-alone amendment to the Colorado Constitution but a legislative amendment to a larger property tax reform package forwarded to the ballot in 1982."
Miller Hudson: "Half the presidential elections since the turn of the 21st century will have been awarded to the loser of the national popular vote. What kind of democracy is that? This result is only possible because 48 of 50 states have chosen to strengthen their individual political clout by adopting a winner-take-all system — a result which was not anticipated in Philadelphia."
Miller Hudson: "Facing a near economic collapse, which was well underway when he assumed office in 2011, Gov. Hickenlooper got recovery mostly right despite fires and floods. His execution wasn’t perfect, but it’s commendable that his efforts elevated Colorado’s economy to best in the nation. This is the record he is running on, and it appears to be cementing his support. Republican operatives trolled through eight years of travel expenses and all the donors to public-private partnerships launched while he served as governor, searching for molehills they could market as mountains."
Miller Hudson: "Mice are not usually susceptible to infection by corona viruses; but, as luck would have it, a corona prone mouse was genetically engineered at JAX during the 2007 SARS outbreak."
Jon Caldara: "Online learning is no learning at all for my 16-year-old son, Chance. Given his severe disability he needs hands-on, in-person education with actual three-dimensional teachers, therapists and peers."
Jon Caldara: "Enough of the 'professionals' scaring people about a COVID risk that isn’t nearly as deadly as they say. That’s what’s really killing us."
Jon Caldara: "Ideological diversity is so rare in the ranks of higher education they on occasion bring a conservative professor in for show and tell to teach the kids what these near-extinct creatures look like."