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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonAugust 9, 20187min461

Since Colorado voters pasted the TABOR amendment that steers spending and revenues into our state constitution in 1992, the myth of its sacrosanct power has been embroidered each year.  It is frequently viewed as the "third rail" of politics – attempt to tamper with it and you will surely die. However, only a slim majority approved Doug Bruce’s fourth attempt to handcuff government on an otherwise crowded ballot. While Bill Clinton won the presidential poll that year, Ross Perot’s message of budget rectitude scored its largest voter endorsement in Colorado.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMay 29, 20186min725

Readers of a certain age will recall that in 1976, then California Governor Ronald Reagan did what many in politics thought was both foolish and disloyal – he ran a campaign for president against the sitting Republican, Gerald Ford. It was a bitter battle, with acrimony and insults all around. Many political thinkers believe that Mr. Reagan’s challenge cost Mr. Ford victory, and put Jimmy Carter in the White House. Mr. Reagan made it there a short four years later, so for him, it worked out, I guess. But I ask that you recall another figure from that time, Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMay 8, 20186min516

I return today to a theme of my bi-weekly columns — hypocrisy. And did you know that “bi-weekly” can mean every two weeks or twice per week? I had to look that up to be sure. Anyway, regular readers (hi Mom! Hi Editor!) (Editor: please, please, get to the point) will recall that I have complained about political hypocrisy so often that my computer’s autocorrect feature can now correct “hypocrisy” from the roughly dozen or so misspellings of the word I have used thus far. And today I want to take things a step beyond political hypocrisy and venture into what might be called evangelical hypocrisy.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 28, 20184min508

Swanee Hunt, a woman of tremendous privilege, philanthropy and leadership, has known the same struggles as many other women in the workplace today.

“I have had two presidents — not Bill Clinton — make passes at me,” she told Colorado cable TV talker Aaron Harber as he interviewed the former U.S. ambassador to Austria and longtime Denver resident. “And I have had a Nobel Prize winner stick his tongue down my throat when we were on a sidewalk and I was saying goodbye and about to get into a cab — stick his tongue down my throat.

“I had another Nobel Prize winner who banged on my hotel door and called my room wanting to come in until I said to him, ‘I am calling security if you do not leave me alone. And so if that’s happening to me, and all these #MeToo people are saying ‘Yes, it happens to me,’ what about the people of color, the women of color, who aren’t even a part of this movement? They are the ones. What about the waitresses, who get this all the time all the time, and their tips are going to be decided by whether they let a man pat them on them butt?”

She said the #MeToo movement is transforming into a political movement.

“Our country will never be the same,” she told Harber.

Click here to watch more of the interview.

An author and expert on women in politics, Hunt is a daughter of the late Texas oilman H. L. Hunt, one of the richest men in the world in his lifetime, she has a master’s degree in religion and a doctorate in theology from Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

Currently, Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the school.

Her bio at Harvard notes:

During Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, she co-organized Serious Women, Serious Issues, Serious Money, a Denver symposium widely considered the first time such diverse women gathered to provide major financial backing for a national political campaign. In 2008, she convened Unconventional Women, a day-long program featuring more than 20 female political leaders for an audience of 3000 in Denver, concurrent with the Democratic National Convention.

She also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“Ambassador Swanee Hunt revealed the harassment she endured to emphasize how difficult it is for women in socio-economic strata different from her who do not have the resources Hunt has,” said Harber.

“The Aaron Harber Show” airs primarily on KCDO-TV Channel 3, an over-the-air broadcaster, as well as Channel 3 on COMCAST, DirecTV, and DISH. The show is carried on cable channels across the state, as well as much of Wyoming and Nebraska. Click here for local listings.

(Editor’s note: This story was updated to add a comment from Harber, as well as more viewing options.)


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Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayMarch 30, 201710min427

America can do anything but America can’t do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize. In 2011, President Obama decided that the Muslim world should no longer be a top American priority. Against the advice of key members of his national security team, he decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq and do nothing about the growing turmoil in Syria. He expressed confidence that coalition forces would soon “begin to draw down” in Afghanistan. As for al Qaeda, it was “on the path to defeat.”



Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 20, 20178min259
Denver native Adrian Miller started thinking about a book on White House chefs in 2009, the day he gave a speech in Michigan for the Southern Foodways Alliance on the same day President Obama was inaugurated. The idea became the book “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, The Story of African Americans Who Fed Our First Families, From the […]

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