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Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 7, 20186min318

A recent article in Colorado Politics told of Colorado’s Education Leadership Council and their work, ordered by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2017, to explore what Colorado’s kids need to learn in school in order to be well positioned for success in life in the 21stCentury. The Council has even set up an on-line survey for Coloradans to let the Council know what regular folks think should be taught in schools. It’s an interesting survey, and I urge you to take a look.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 3, 20187min347

The future — or was it the past? — of the Republican Party visited Colorado Springs this week. As reported in Colorado Politics, the famously rich and politically active Koch brothers visited Colorado, hosting their twice-yearly rich guy donors meeting at the swanky Broadmoor Hotel. The Kochs, David and Charles, hosted a gathering of some 500 or so very wealthy folks, each of whom has pledged to donate at least $100,000 per year to achieve their political ends. As CP reports, “the (Koch brothers') conservative network remains one of the nation’s most influential political forces.”


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 31, 20187min254

George Washington didn’t use the internet. In the era the Constitution was written, information and opinions could travel no faster than a galloping horse or a ship at sea. And in that slower time, a remarkable group of intellectuals crafted what has become the longest lasting written constitution in world history. Pretty impressive, to be sure, but again, they didn’t have the internet.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 27, 20186min307

You may have heard that we in El Paso and Teller Counties had a spot of rain a few days ago. A spot of rain in that there was a massive storm that dumped lots and lots of water, as well as inches of hail in some places. And there was damage after the rain and hail stopped, to be sure, but not nearly as much damage as one might expect from such a colossal weather event.  But back to that in a moment…


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 24, 20186min435

I stood in a very deep hole a few years ago, when I was a staffer working veterans issues for Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. I had been given my very simple marching orders – make Colorado the best state for veterans – by the boss. Which is how I ended up in that hole. It was the excavation for one of the new buildings that make up the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital complex. It was a massive project and, as I said, a really big hole.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 20, 20187min303

A recent Colorado Politics article told of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s climate action plan. The mayor reported, as part of his State of the City address, that his plan would move Colorado’s largest city to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Now, I should admit right up front that I’m fairly committed to combatting climate change. I am a senior research fellow at a couple of DC-based environmental policy/national security policy think tanks and have been looking at climate change for many years.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 17, 20186min320

Way back in the last century, I was a young captain fresh into an assignment teaching political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It was a great assignment to be sure – smart students, wonderful colleagues, and a few perks. Among these perks was the opportunity to attend a conference every year that would enhance one’s intellectual development and skills as a teacher. Which is how I found myself in D.C., at the annual meeting of the Federalist Society.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 10, 20186min379

It’s been a while – at least a week – since I’ve used a really over-the-top analogy to make a point, so please bear with me: imagine a very conservative gay Colorado couple, who were recently outraged by the Virginia restaurant refusing service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. This hypothetical couple wanted to do something about it, so they went to their neighborhood bakery to have a special cake made, to send to Ms. Sanders. Unfortunately, in my increasingly tortured example, this couple lives in Lakewood, and went to the bakery that recently won the Supreme Court case that said they could refuse to bake cakes for gay couples on the basis of deeply-held religious beliefs. So, no cake for you.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJuly 4, 20186min482

Back in my day (just a sec, I have to check for teenagers walking on my lawn) growing up in southeast Michigan in the 1960s and 70s, there were only three main TV channels to watch – ABC, NBC, and CBS. Sure, there were a couple of UHF channels (kids, you may want to google “UHF”) but you were mostly stuck with just the big three. That was, of course, unless you lived near a mysterious foreign land – Canada.