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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonFebruary 26, 20186min1177

Tax policy is a conversation that makes taxpayers' eyes glaze over, especially when the politicians responsible for protecting them against runaway confiscation demonstrate a weak comprehension of economic realities. Academic tax debates examine concepts like efficiency, suppression, avoidance and tax fairness. When “sin” taxes grow too onerous, for example, black markets emerge for cigarettes, alcohol and soon, it seems likely in Colorado, marijuana. From a macroeconomic perspective taxes should shear profits from the healthiest sectors of the economy, recognizing this will prove a changing mosaic over time.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 22, 201718min273

Three months after Democrats were stunned by the results of the presidential election — and just three weeks into the Trump administration — the party’s Denver County central committee turned out in record numbers for its biennial reorganization meeting. And if there was a common message, it was that the stakes were immense, and the party’s organizers, volunteers and officials were eager to get to work.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJanuary 17, 20179min266

I was discharged from the U.S. Navy in July of 1970. After picking up a new Toyota Land Cruiser for $4,100 (a deal made possible through a purchase program available only to returning troops), my wife and I drove coast to coast with our two month old son, Byron, in a crib that slid neatly between the two lengthwise bench seats in the back of the Cruiser. We spent a month visiting relatives and touring national parks. It was the kind of vacation you only attempt when you are young and slightly stupid. Fortunately, Byron was the kind of baby that lures you into having another — quiet, rarely crying and willing to sleep through the night in a tent and strange motels. It was at Jenny Lake in Teton National Park that I first encountered the mechanized, American family expedition. A large GMC pickup with a camper shell, a motorbike hanging in a rack on the front bumper, a fishing boat with Evinrude motor secured upside down on top of the camper and towing a small Jeep, pulled in next to us with four squealing kids.


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonMay 19, 20166min248

RTD’s cumbersomely named University of Colorado A Line — it cost CU $5 million for the “branded sponsorship” — is an A Train linking Union Station with DIA, covering 23 miles of commuter rail that can be traversed in 37 minutes. With its April opening, Denver joined a growing number of American cities where travelers can take a train to a plane and back. Not all of these have proven a success. San Francisco’s BART extension provides access to nearly 10 million Bay Area residents, where daily commutes are frequently horrific and ridership has been high. Philadelphia, by contrast, runs virtually empty cars several times an hour.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 19, 201611min210

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


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 12, 201612min231

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Gary Hart — he wasn’t seeking a third term — was warming up. Democrats had decided on U.S. Rep. Tim Wirth as the party’s nominee, but Republicans appeared to be roughly evenly divided between U.S. Rep. Ken Kramer, state Sen. Martha Ezzard and businessman Terry Considine.



Jared WrightJared WrightApril 13, 20162min236

By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright @_JaredWright_ DENVER — Good morning and Happy Wednesday. A crazy political world we live in: All it takes is one day of Matt Drudge exaggeration to rile up the natives back home. Stay safe out there. "Shame on the people who think somehow that it is right to threaten me and my family over not liking the outcome of an election." — Steve House Now, your substrata feed straight from Colorado's politics pipeline: Smallwood makes ballot in Senate District 4 — Yesterday, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office notified Jim Smallwood of his campaign’s success in acquiring a ...


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Miller HudsonMiller HudsonApril 12, 20168min225

“Close only counts in horseshoes.” The old adage is nowhere more meaningful than at national political conventions. This round, Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to run against Donald Trump in November; but, truth be told, he is becoming increasingly less likely to emerge as the Republican nominee. One minor historical fact consistently overlooked is that never has a frontrunner been nominated at an “open” or “contested” American political convention of either major party on the first ballot. Colorado Republicans just made such a situation a little more likely in 2016. Think about it. If Trump fails, as appears increasingly likely, to secure 1,273 delegates before arriving in Cleveland, he will almost certainly return to New York as a footnote — albeit a lengthy one — to the 2016 Presidential race.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 20168min253
Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … I’d Rather Be in Denver — Dale Tooley’s Own Story, reached the top of the local best-seller lists just a few weeks after its release, according to both The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. The former Denver district attorney had completed his autobiography […]

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