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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxAugust 23, 201811min819

Investors: Don’t buy what political activists are trying to sell you in Colorado. I’m surprised this reminder is even necessary, given how anti-oil and gas ballot measures collapsed in 2014 and 2016. But according to the Denver Business Journal, this month’s signature submittal for anti-oil and gas Initiative 97 “rattled some investors,” with a $3 billion drop in the combined market value of some of Colorado’s largest energy companies observed in the days afterward.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxMay 14, 201811min1287

What is the purpose of state government: To provide basic services to the public, or ever-increasing amounts of money to pension funds? That’s the question Colorado taxpayers will be asking today, tomorrow and long into the future after the passage of SB-200, a reform-and-bailout bill for the state’s public pension system. Passed just minutes before the end of this year’s legislative session, the bill aims to fix a $32 billion unfunded liability at the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA), the state’s pension fund manager.


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Simon LomaxSimon LomaxFebruary 9, 20188min6061

How often do you think the New York Times and a Colorado Springs conservative ever agree, about anything? That’s the question I was asking myself after reading recent news coverage in the Times about the geopolitical importance of U.S. oil and natural gas production. The Jan. 28 story explained how much diplomatic and economic leverage we now have over countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have historically used their energy supplies to intimidate other nations and get their own way.