Kelly Sloan, Author at Colorado Politics

Kelly SloanKelly SloanJanuary 10, 20186min1280

Everyone, please, calm down. Deep breath. That’s it. Better? OK, so U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions certainly caused something of a political commotion in Colorado with his decision to rescind some Obama-era directives which basically told U.S. attorneys to ignore, or at least de-prioritize, certain federal laws concerning marijuana, easing the way for nascent marijuana industries to do their thing in states which legalized the drug.  He did this by issuing his own memo which told U.S. attorneys they are again afforded the flexibility to enforce federal law in the matter. Yes, yes, I know, it’s on the order of repealing the Bill of Rights, burning the Magna Carta, and reinstating the Ancien Regime all in one fell swoop. I get it.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanDecember 19, 20176min2700

Roy Moore lost his bid for U.S. Senate in Alabama last week, and Democrats around the nation celebrated – rightly so, inasmuch as the victory in deepest-of-deep-red Alabama chiseled the GOP Senate majority to a bare 51-49. In their exuberance, many Democrats and liberals hailed the election as a bellwether for the mid-term elections, a catalyst setting off a chain of victories in a Democratic sweep in 2018.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanDecember 12, 20176min2380

One Monday last month in Zimbabwe, long-time dictator Robert Mugabe woke up to be told, much to his chagrin, that he no longer dictated. It was in fact quite unclear who did, a coup having taken place over the weekend, spurred by revelations of political maneuvering by Mugabe to ensure his wife would inherit the reins of power upon his death. After the drama played out a few days, featuring the usual farcical posturing, the world’s longest-serving head of state was out, popular sentiment and his opponents armoured vehicles having prevailed over Mugabe’s bluster and indignation. A momentous, and rather welcome, event for Zimbabwe, to be sure; but nonetheless pretty standard stuff for a nation whose grasp of the rule of law – as in most of the world – is tenuous and opportunistic at best.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 5, 20176min3140

The failure of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill may have signaled the termination of the GOP’s anemic efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, at least in one fell partisan swoop (much like the ACA itself was introduced); but it didn’t, of course, terminate the problems generated by the enormous law it sought to partially dismantle. Nor did its demise solve the riddle of how to reconcile retention of Obamacare’s more popular elements – chiefly its treatment, however sloppily, of the pre-existing conditions question – with fiscally prudent reforms.