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Sam MametSam MametOctober 15, 20184min2260

Colorado residents are going to be voting on a variety of important ballot measures next month. The one that is most troubling is Amendment 74. This suggested change to the Colorado Constitution would expose both the state and all local governments to untold legal exposure with unclear language referring to government regulations or actions which would “reduce” the “fair market value” of private property and subject taxpayers to “just compensation” to a private property owner. All types of ordinances and policies at the municipal level would be affected, like code enforcement, land use and zoning, licensing, and redevelopment.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 12, 20186min2050

A story in Colorado Politics this week caused my mind to wander back to my own quixotic race for the U.S. Congress in 2008. One of the most important decisions a candidate must make is upon what to spend his or her precious campaign donations. In July of 2017 I wrote on the role of money in campaigns, and the challenge of both raising and then spending smartly. There is often debate within a campaign about what to spend a few bucks on, including how much TV and radio you want to purchase, as well as more mundane things like how many lawn signs to buy.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 11, 20186min32360

Looking at the history of interactions between the oil and gas industry and our communities over the past several years, it's abundantly clear why the people of Colorado are bringing Proposition 112 forth. Instead of adopting better health and safety standards to residents and workers, the oil and gas industry has rebuffed all prior reasonable legislative solutions and instead chosen to invest over $80 million dollars to undermine all citizen-led efforts that would allow communities to protect themselves from drilling operations that are destroying their neighborhoods.


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Tracee BentleyTracee BentleyOctober 11, 20185min8170

Extreme to its very core, this measure – which would put 94 percent of private land  in the top five oil and natural gas producing counties off limits to new energy development — has drawn bipartisan opposition from all corners of the state. Opponents include both majority party candidates for Colorado governor, Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton, as well as unions and chambers of commerce and rural and urban communities and their elected leaders.


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Stefka FanchiStefka FanchiOctober 10, 20186min3380

Coloradans dodged a bullet earlier this year when the proponent of a crippling anti-growth initiative walked away from the measure for lack of public support. The statewide ballot proposal would have had wide-ranging and devastating consequences — not only for the housing sector, which effectively would have been shut down, but also for our entire economy. It would have backfired on us all, and especially on the economically most vulnerable.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonOctober 9, 20186min2040

It has been apparent for more than a decade that Colorado needs to spend more money on its roads. If you have had the occasion to travel across our borders recently, it is apparent that even blood red states like Utah, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming have figured out how to finance this central responsibility of government. For the past half dozen years each new Legislature has identified transportation funding as its bi-partisan, number one priority without significant result. On this November’s ballot voters have an opportunity to choose between a pair of citizen initiatives that embrace the competing theories regarding this challenge that have consistently defeated resolution by our legislators.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 9, 20186min3731

I usually begin these missives with at least a pathetic attempt at a bit of humor, but not today. No, this column needs to be serious throughout because there is nothing funny about what our nation has just gone through regarding the Supreme Court. While I most certainly have my own perspective (I believe Dr. Ford) I think both those in support of and those opposed to now-Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination can agree that the system did not work very well for either the Court or the nation.