Miller HudsonMiller HudsonNovember 19, 20186min2090

CRED (Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development) demonstrated that you could drive support for a ballot initiative from 70 percent to less than 40 percent on Election Day with a mere $35 or $40 million dollars. If you add in two or three years of positioning ads, featuring geologist Moms (“I would never put my kids at risk”) together with ranch families (“Our fracking royalties will allow us to pass along our family lands to our kids”), which preceded the 2,500-foot oil and gas drilling setback proposal better know as question 112, that expenditure climbs to $50 or $60 million dollars. Needless to say, Colorado’s oil and gas industry didn’t open its wallet so generously solely because of an abiding commitment to good government.


Lisa WeilLisa WeilNovember 14, 20184min3250

On Election Day, something momentous happened: Well over 1 million Coloradans voted for Amendment 73, a statewide increase in funding for schools, kids and teachers.  That’s more than for any other tax proposal on the ballot, despite having a fraction of the resources and a well-funded opposition that used scare tactics to dissuade Coloradans from voting their values. It’s more than the marijuana tax received and more than twice the number of votes that the last statewide education funding measure received in 2013.


Tom Cronin and Bob LoevyTom Cronin and Bob LoevyOctober 31, 20189min382

Two political waves could be washing across Colorado on election night this Tuesday. The first is a “blue wave” of Democratic votes from folks who dislike Republican President Donald Trump. The second is a “big dollars” wave of Democratic votes caused by the fact Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis has spent more than $20 million of his own money to defeat Republican Walker Stapleton.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 25, 20187min452

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.