Simon LomaxSimon LomaxOctober 29, 201817min1723

Reality is catching up with the “ban fracking” and “keep it in the ground” groups behind Proposition 112. It started early last week, when the famously progressive New York Times applied some scrutiny to Prop 112. The Times correctly labeled 112 as an “anti-fracking” measure and an “extreme” one at that. But more importantly, the Times story gave working families in the energy sector a chance to defend their jobs and reputations from the fiercely negative and personal attacks of the Prop 112 campaign.


Miller HudsonMiller HudsonOctober 29, 20187min186

Voters can sense there are numerous hustlers masquerading as candidates, lobbyists and policy advocates. Divining the genuine agendas behind their smokescreens makes political involvement challenging work. It is also why many voters settle for mailing a check to membership organizations that ostensibly share their priorities; whether those are concern for the environment, the provision of mental health services, education funding, federalism, gun rights or ethical crusades. Upon close inspection, however, these self-aggrandizing tribunes are often found, both on the right and left, to devote a lion’s share of members’ contributions on the comforts of staff rather than effective advocacy. Supporters are assured of receiving a glossy newsletter carrying desperate appeals for more money.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 26, 20186min205

Regular readers of my twice-weekly columns (Hi Dan the opinion editor!) may recall my frequent harping on the importance of local government in the lives of Coloradans, while we tend to focus far too much attention on the national-level politics that impacts our lives less dramatically. But a recent story in the Colorado Springs Gazette illustrates the importance of local stuff convincingly.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 25, 20187min442

Amendment 73 is being touted by its proponents as a way to pay for public education in the state through a $1.6 billion-per-year tax increase generated by raising… well, just about every tax they can think of. It effectively raises residential property taxes by freezing the assessment rates at 7 percent, nearly a full percentage point higher than they are scheduled to drop to in 2019; it imposes a 30 percent increase in the corporate tax; and, probably worst of all, scraps the most sound and fair economic policy ever implemented in the state – the flat income tax – by re-imposing a progressive tax structure with a 78 percent increase to the top bracket.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackOctober 23, 20186min371

A recent Colorado Politics story reported on Denver TV stations pulling a political ad against Jared Polis that was truly vile. It was placed by an organization ironically named “Colorado Citizens for Truth,” which came into existence on Oct 9. Full disclosure: I know Jared a bit, and I support his campaign. So, you can imagine my shock when I saw the ad aired on my local Colorado Springs station. The ad was a hit piece against Jared, which is normally fine. But the people behind “Colorado Citizens for Truth” went way beyond any normal negative ad and ventured into outright falsehoods and deeply misleading statements.