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Jimmy SengenbergerJimmy SengenbergerSeptember 19, 20186min990

It was the summer before 8th grade (2003), a couple months before I turned 13. We were on a family vacation in my hometown of Albany, New York. After golfing with my grandfather, a familiar voice emanated from the car radio – familiar not because I really knew who Rush Limbaugh was, but because Grandpa had long been a “Dittohead.” The show lit my curiosity and sparked a vigorous, lengthy conversation.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsSeptember 19, 20185min500

While we agree with Cory Gardner in recommending a cautious policy when dealing with Russia, we believe the Senator is using the current distrust between Russia and the US as cover to advance his real overriding agenda, promoting the fracked gas industry. After all, according to Ballotpedia.com, since 2009 Sen. Gardner has received at least $750K from the oil and gas industry in direct campaign contributions alone. As such, Gardner’s industry-serving “solutions" demand a more critical look.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonSeptember 17, 20187min2720

Despite all the public chest thumping that takes place on both the right and the left regarding policy preferences, it’s wise to remain alert to the possibility these displays are often masquerades behind which lurk personal animosities. As a freshman legislator I quit the House Democratic caucus following an accusation by Minority Leader Bob Kirscht that I had traded my vote with Republican Frank DeFilippo. I announced I would not return to the caucus until it elected new leadership and then dedicated the ensuing year to the insurrection that replaced Kirscht with Federico Peña as Democratic leader in 1981. Bob switched his party affiliation the following morning in exchange for an appointment to the Joint Budget Committee, a plum assignment from which he would ladle dollars over his House District in Pueblo.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackSeptember 14, 20187min2830

A recent story in the Colorado Springs Gazette got me to thinking about guns again. The story is headlined, “Colorado Springs man escapes murder charge under ‘Make My Day’ exception.” It reports that a judge in the 4thJudicial District ruled that the shooter, who killed a homeless man sleeping in the shooter’s apartment complex, was protected from prosecution. The judge ruled that our state’s “Make My Day” law, which allows the use of deadly force when a resident feels his or her person or property is threatened, shielded the shooter from legal action. Other versions of these laws are called “stand your ground” and the “castle doctrine,” with variations on the details but with the same core notion.


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John CookeJohn CookeSeptember 12, 20186min4530

It’s been almost three months since Colorado’s governor signed an executive order directing state air quality regulators to begin the rulemaking process to adopt California’s “Low Emission Vehicle” (LEV) auto emissions standards. But surprise! The governor’s regulators at the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) are changing direction and instead moving to adopt the far more radical and costly California “Zero Emission Vehicle” (ZEV) standards.