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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonMay 23, 20187min590

Last week the desultory path of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s TABOR amendment found its way into Courtroom 2 at the old federal building in downtown Denver. Just one day short of seven years since their case was originally filed, arguments and a resolution regarding the merits of plaintiffs’ claims appeared no closer than they did in May of 2011. If ever there were justification needed for Shakespeare’s appeal by Dick, the Butcher, in Henry VI, Part 2, this hearing provided it. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers!” felt more than appropriate.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 18, 20173min330

Leave it to an old-school gentleman of politics like former Colorado U.S. Rep. David Skaggs to launch a new campaign championing bipartisanship in public office. The Boulder Democrat, who represented the 2nd Congressional District from 1987 to 1999, was widely recognized for his dignified demeanor — topped off with his trademark bowtie — during his lengthy tenure in state and national politics.

Now, he is behind a new effort to restore a measure of dignity to Congress. Yes, Congress. A press release from American University in Washington, D.C., which is partnering in the endeavor along with Republican former U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, explains:

At a time when gridlock on Capitol Hill has replaced consensus, and public approval of Congress has reached historic lows, former Rep. David Skaggs … and his wife Laura have established a new award. The Madison Prize for Constitutional Excellence will recognize and reward legislators who persist in striving for bipartisanship, cooperation, and, in the words of James Madison, a spirit of public service that transcends “faction.”

The Madison Prize for Constitutional Excellence, endowed by Rep. and Mrs. Skaggs in partnership with American University’s School of Public Affairs, will be awarded after each biennial Congress to recognize one Member (a U.S. Representative or Senator) from each major political party (or an Independent who caucuses with one of the parties).

The press statement quotes Skaggs:

“The only way our political system can work to solve problems is through negotiation and compromise … The Madison Prizes will honor Members of Congress who recognize that and will, Laura and I hope, encourage them.”

According to the university, its Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies will oversee the selection process for the prize, with the first awards to be presented in early 2019.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightMarch 9, 201711min15

… Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … According to Don Barbarick, state meteorologist with the Colorado Department of Health’s air pollution division, the Town of Parker was a relative “fail-safe area” for Denver’s “brown cloud," the notorious billow of air pollution that settled across Denver's skyline. Parker was deemed safe because of its elevation, the general direction of winds, and because the brown cloud tended to veer towards the foothills west of Parker, according to experts. “It’s an entire metro-area problem,” said Charles Stevens, a physical scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency. “It’s not just Denver. You guys say, ‘I’ll move out and get away from it’ and pretty soon there are 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people who move out to the same area and then you’ve got your own brown cloud.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 19, 201611min320

Thirty-Five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Some of the money allegedly embezzled from the Central Bank for Cooperatives in Denver by Eve Lincoln, a former coordinator for Secretary of State Mary Estill Buchanan’s 1980 Senate campaign, could have been used to help finance Buchanan’s petition drive to get on the ballot, the Republican’s former campaign manager said. Under federal election law, if that’s what had happened, it could have counted as an illegal corporate campaign contribution, said Curt Uhre, who helmed Buchanan’s bid. He explained that was why the campaign had reimbursed the bank $2,591 just six days before