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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJune 14, 20187min862

Having seen Jared Polis’s misleading campaign ad attacking Cary Kennedy for the umpteenth time, I am sharing some direct insight about his claim that he “led” the effort to increase funding for every school in Colorado – and from where the actual leadership came.  I was the campaign manager for that effort – Amendment 23.  Cary Kennedy conceived the amendment, wrote it and led the effort to explain it, debate it and advocate for it.  Working with a crew of tenacious women, they fought for and won the Amendment 23 election.  Cary’s ability as citizen leader was clear:  She identified a problem, identified a solution and built momentum to fix it.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackMarch 20, 20186min363

One of the challenges to a twice-weekly column is that my editor, the long-suffering Dan, has ordered me to limit my missives to no more than 750 words. (Dan: yes, that is correct) I tend to be a bit more, shall we say, long winded? For some reason, Dan the editor has declined my essays when they approach book length (Dan: also correct) Happily, since these words are not substantive, they don’t count toward my word count for this essay. (Dan: yes, they do).