Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 24, 201612min339

Twenty Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman ... Too much sun in the Legislature? “Five hits and you’re out,” was the name of the game sponsored by Rep. Vickie Angler (R-Littleton) and Sen. Bill Schroeder (R-Morrison), which also went by its other more legislative moniker — HB 1159. The new law outlined in Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-104.1 stated, “The General Assembly shall not consider the regulation of more than five occupations or professions in any one session of the General Assembly” — a seemingly timeless pursuit for Colorado's Republican legislators. HB 1159 eliminated the Sunrise-Sunset committee, which reviewed attempts to regulate unlicensed occupations and professions. Proponents of the bill claimed “no” votes by the influential six-member legislative committee on new regulation nearly always seemed to have a chilling effect on the success of new regulations, all but preventing those seeking new regs on unlicensed applicants from ever proceeding any further in the full Legislature.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 22, 201631min816

Republican political consultant Dustin Olson has been at the center of national politics and numerous local campaigns — he and his wife, Carolyn, just celebrated the 10th anniversary of Olson Strategies & Advertising, their Colorado-based firm — but it was a few days he spent touring Civil War battlefields and shopping at Wal-Mart with a comic actor who once wrote speeches for Richard Nixon that propelled him on his path.