Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 2, 201615min451

DENVER —Since we are certain few of you are old enough to have seen the movie or understand the reference … We won’t say T.G.I.F! (says a curmudgeonly old person). Interesting week in political circles. Outside of eaaaarly speculation concerning the 2018 Colorado governor’s race, state lawmakers are drawing lines in how the state should tackle transportation, health care, education and, of course, how it will handle your hard-earned cash (you know the money it takes from you in taxes) with an upcoming projected budget shortfall (apparently your not sending them enough). Additionally, hanging over the Capitol dome are several possible legal challenges to recently passed propositions 107 and 108. And there's (always) more. So ... let’s get started!


Clifford D. MayClifford D. MayDecember 1, 201610min409

The People’s Democratic Republic of Oregon. That has a kind of ring to it, don’t you think? The reason this phrase has crystallized in my mind: Just after it was confirmed that Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, a petition was submitted for a ballot initiative to have Oregon secede from these United States. “Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States,” Christian Trejbal, a freelance writer who filed the Oregon Secession Act, told the Oregonian, a Portland-based daily newspaper.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 30, 201611min418
Colorado political officials are pressing forward, asking the Obama administration to abandon a proposal that could send accused terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center to correctional facilities in the central part of the state. Two of the four sites being considered in an upcoming White House report that recommends transferring some of the […]

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Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 4, 201613min374

Popular opinion surveys show Colorado is likely to be propelled into an uncertain area of law next week when voters decide whether to allow doctor-assisted suicides for terminally ill persons. Sixty-five percent of Denver-area registered voters surveyed in a Ciruli Associates poll in September said they would vote for the legalized suicides. Twenty-five percent opposed it. If Proposition 106 wins approval, Colorado would become the fifth state to allow doctor-assisted suicide. Patients with less than six months to live could request lethal drugs from their doctors under the measure.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 26, 20164min416

Recently there’s been a groundswell of support for legislation to right a four-decade wrong: a restriction using federal funds for women’s health care that has predominantly hurt the underprivileged. This ban, known as the Hyde Amendment, prohibits federal funds in Medicaid and other health programs from being used for abortions. Now the restriction stops this coverage for all federal employees, military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, Native Americans on federal insurance and inmates in federal prisons.


Kevin LundbergKevin LundbergJuly 6, 20164min392

The Statesman’s June 9th “Hot Sheet” completely missed the point of Senate Bill 150. The article leads one to think the bill automatically turned all civil unions in Colorado into marriages. It also makes it sound like the Legislature has accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling that completely redefined the meaning of marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in the legislative declaration of Senate Bill 150 it states: “Senate Bill 16-150 is intended to remedy the complicated legal process of dissolving a civil union and a marriage for the same couple. The ultimate constitutional question of the United States supreme court’s constitutional jurisdiction and authority to redefine marriage in Colorado’s constitution through a ruling on certain individual cases in other states is a matter the general assembly may take up at a different time, but Senate Bill 16-150 does not address, nor settle that concern.”