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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJune 25, 20186min763

The Democratic primary race for governor of the state of Colorado took on a certain air of the surreal in the waning days of the contest. It began a few weeks back when a group supporting Cary Kennedy ran what one presumes was supposed to be an attack ad against both Jared Polis and Mike Johnston. The elements were all there – the unflattering photos, the cropped headlines, the accusatory voice-over – and yet curiously the message was laudatory, pointing out pro-education positions allegedly taken by both candidates. Specifically, the ad credited Polis for apparently at some point in his life supporting the extension of educational opportunity to all regardless of income in the form of a voucher program, and Johnston for sponsoring a bill to improve teacher performance and accountability.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanJune 1, 20186min389

This week opened with that most distinctly American of observances, Memorial Day. Much is written every year at this time, and in a variety of forums, about the need, demanded by collective national honor, to recognize that the day is set aside for a much more somber reason than providing a chronological landmark to let Americans know when summer starts, and I ought not belabor the point here, beyond noting how regrettable it is that such reminders are necessary.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanApril 30, 20186min396

There is something to be said for a legislative process which, even in what many have categorically proclaimed to be the most bitterly rancorous, partisan year in living memory, still manages now and then to churn out legislation which tackles major issues and does so in a bi-partisan manner. One such effort is Senate Bill 18-003, sponsored by Senator Ray Scott and Representatives Chris Hansen and Jon Becker, which resuscitated the floundering Colorado Energy Office, and made it a better agency in the process.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanApril 18, 20187min328

Earlier this month, Michael Blagg was convicted, for a second time, of the murder of his wife Jennifer. Their infant daughter Abby remains missing. News of this sort serves to concentrate the mind on matters of criminal justice, and the natural tendency is to focus on the system’s problems; but it also seems fitting on such occasions to reflect on how, in spite of everything, the people who comprise the system still manage to get the job done.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanApril 3, 20186min407

The Lincoln Club of Colorado, one of the oldest Republican institutions in the state besides the party itself, turns 100 this year, a milestone recently marked by a gala dinner-and-dance event. The organization sports a remarkable history, beginning with its provenance as a political counterweight to the prevailing ascendancy of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanMarch 28, 20189min1573

A municipal election in Erie, CO would not generate much interest outside the town limits, were it not for the fact that everything that happens politically in Erie in the last couple of years seems to stir excitement. The reason, of course, it that the little municipality finds itself, by geographic accident, on the front lines of the battle within the state over economic growth.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanFebruary 28, 20186min2058

A few weeks ago, Burger King put out an internet ad in which the company attempted to demonstrate the concept of “net neutrality” using their product. The premise was the store’s customers being told that if they were willing to pay a surcharge – up to $26 – they would receive their Whopper faster. Those unwilling to pay would have to wait, as much as 20 minutes in some cases.