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Conceived in Colorado, community solar is growing nationwide

A lot can change in just a few years. That maxim is particularly true in innovative, technology-driven sectors of the economy such as the American solar industry. And with solar panel costs now at all-time lows — often beating all sources of new power on price — community solar is taking off, with the market […]

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Lessons for Secretary Zinke and western politicians from the Outdoor Retailer Show

The recent announcement that the massive Outdoor Retailer trade show is moving to Denver from Salt Lake City after 25 years in Utah was a coup that sent shockwaves through the recreation, political and conservation spheres. The show will pump millions of dollars into Colorado’s economy, but more importantly, it establishes the Centennial State as […]

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There are no excuses when it comes to sexual assault

The top Civil Rights official for the U.S. Department of Education stated that 90 percent of campus sexual assault claims are due to both parties being drunk. It is critical to call out this harmful and baseless statement, as well as the unimaginable consequences if Education Secretary Betsy DeVos uses this same rationale to unravel […]

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Running for Congress: We all condemn it, but money is the most vital part of any election

In my last essay, I talked in general terms about why I chose to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. Today, let’s get a bit more into the weeds on the mechanics of how you actually run for office. I offer this for two reasons: first, it is, I think, interesting to […]

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A candidate’s ideas matter much more than donations

Roger Hudson
Tis the season, right? Political campaigns this week are releasing — sometimes trumpeting — their fundraising numbers for the last quarter. Some candidates are waiting to the very last moment to expose the sensitive internal financial workings of their campaign. Standing naked, candidates show all to their opponents, donors and of course the critics. Painful? […]

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What if we could improve mobility without adding more lanes?

Will Toor
Anyone who travels on highways in the Front Range knows that congestion is a major problem along the front range and that it is getting worse. The traditional solution, expanding the highway to relieve congestion, is unaffordable and ineffective.  The Colorado Department of Transportation has said it needs an additional $1 billion per year to […]

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Pioneering initiative Western Way doesn’t need anyone’s blessing to be regarded as conservative

The Independence Institute needs to officially drop its self-appointed role as Colorado’s conservative police because it just executed a no-knock raid on the wrong house. The institute has a bad habit of glancing over another individual or group and decreeing whether or not it is conservative.  In a July 10 piece, Amy Cooke of the […]

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Bell Policy Center chief: We’re not free in a predatory economy

debt op-ed
You can’t pick yourself up by the bootstraps if your feet are chained to the floor.  Debt is preventing Americans from moving up and our increasingly predatory economy makes that possible. This year, Colorado’s General Assembly closed the “Zombie Debt” loophole in our Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. It was an important win for consumers, […]

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Caving is not an option: Colorado millennials need some Obamacare R&R

Not a day goes by where we opponents of Republican-led healthcare reform aren’t crying out that Americans will “suffer” if the ACA is repealed – that it will “cost 22 million people access to healthcare” (Denver Post) or cause “around 200,000 preventable deaths” (Paul Krugman). Yet millions of Americans, including millennials, are suffering today under […]

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What’s it like to run for office? Exhausting, exhilarating and, above all, humbling

In 2008, it was my honor, and I truly mean that term, honor, to run for the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. I ran as a Democrat, albeit a somewhat conservative one, in one of the most Republican districts in the nation. I took on incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn with little […]

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