Paula NoonanPaula NoonanJuly 11, 20185min563

Democratic women vote. Pay attention.  That’s the biggest message from the recent Colorado primary. Democrats and Dem-leaning unaffiliated voters as a whole outvoted the GOP 56% to 44% by the numbers. Democratic women outvoted Democratic men 60% to 40%.  Democratic women outvoted GOP women 58% to 42%. Democratic women outvoted GOP men 56% to 44%.  It’s unprecedented.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 14, 20173min344

Assuming you want to know even more about 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’s bid for the governor’s office — and, hey, maybe you do — it’s not too early to bring some of the Boulder Democrat’s ambitious goals back down to earth. Notably, his campaign proposal to offer free preschool and full-day kindergarten to all Colorado kids.

Chalkbeat Colorado’s Nicholas Garcia cuts to the chase and finds that Polis might have a hard time delivering, especially if, as he told Chalkbeat, he hopes to go to state voters for a tax hike to cover the “hundreds of millions of dollars required.”

Notes Garcia:

… Colorado voters historically have rejected statewide tax increases for education, and state lawmakers have little appetite to spend existing money on early childhood education.

… It’s unclear how much it would cost to pay for universal preschool access. The state spent $86 million in 2015 to send more than 21,000 at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds to preschool through the Colorado Preschool Project.

To pay for full-day kindergarten for all Colorado students, the state would need to spend about an additional $250 million, according to a 2016 legislative analysis.

Garcia also runs the idea by a member of the General Assembly:

State Rep. Jim Wilson, a Salida Republican, has attempted to send more money to the state’s kindergarten classrooms for the last three years. He said he welcomed Polis’s commitment, but was skeptical.

“There’s a whole lot of difference between an election and reality,” he said. “I don’t see the governor’s office, no matter who is in there, sending a budget with $250 million for full-day kindergarten.”


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 2, 201721min339

Next week, a Czech ensemble, Cirk La Putyka, brings its contemporary take on the circus to the stage, blurring the lines between acrobatics, dance, puppetry and music, and a couple weeks after that it’s the boisterous “Hello, Dolly!” musical that’ll be filling the theater’s seats for a two-week run. But last Saturday, Feb. 18, it was legislative updates and a lively, pointed exchange about public policy that drew a civic-minded crowd to the Lakewood Cultural Center. “There’s this thing called the Kennedy rule,” U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said with a smile and then gestured toward the state representative, his former campaign manager, who stood a few feet away on the unevenly lit stage. “Chris Kennedy can claim it, but it’s really John Kennedy. And the Kennedy Rule came into play earlier this morning, where you pick a venue slightly smaller than the crowd you expect.”


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottFebruary 9, 20166min427
A Republican House bill and a Democratic Senate bill that take different approaches to funding statewide full-day kindergarten are going nowhere at the Capitol. Tied up in larger funding discussions, the ambitious bills have attracted attention in a year when legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle have underlined the need to prioritize education […]

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