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Why aren’t there enough teachers in Colorado? The state wants your input

Remember the wide-ranging endeavor by Colorado lawmakers to get to the bottom of the state’s chronic teacher shortage?  House Bill 1003, recently signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, tasks the Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, school districts and teachers unions with studying teacher shortages statewide, identifying root causes, and recommending strategies for improving the […]

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Should yesterday’s jail tax fund today’s transportation needs? DougCo voters won’t get a chance to say

Traffic backs up on Interstate 25 approaching Castle Rock along a stretch of highway known as "The Gap," which is a top construction priority for the state. (Courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation)

We put the question a bit differently earlier this week: Can a community spend too much on law enforcement when there are underfunded, competing needs? Perhaps not — at least, for the two Douglas County commissioners who nixed a proposal by the commission’s third member late Wednesday to ask voters to shift some of the […]

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So, which side is shamelessly exploiting the baseball shootings for political gain?

The correct answer is: The other side! Pro-GOP blog Colorado Peak Politics points a finger at “Safe Campus Colorado, founded by Congressional District Two candidate Ken Toltz,” who Peak says posted a tweet “politicizing the terrible shooting” of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others at a congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C. AR-15 […]

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Take 2 on B.J. Nikkel and whether she wants in on the CD 2 race …

…Courtesy of Colorado Peak Politics. The other day we cited Colorado Pols’ insights on which Republicans might want to vie for one of the longer shots in state politics — representing the GOP in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the decidedly Democratic 2nd Congressional District. Citing “speculation,” Pols named state Sen. […]

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Just one more thing on gubernatorial hopeful Jared Polis — really …

Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (via FaceBook)

…not that he minds the extra ink, of course. Hey, the Boulder Democrat is the education candidate, after all, given that his first (and only) elected office before representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House was as an at-large member of the State Board of Education. Education issues and especially education reform are […]

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Q&A w/Todd Hartman: Thoughts on a journey from journalist to ‘spox’

Todd Hartman has served as communications director at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources since 2010; he also did media work for the Governor’s Energy Office. Prior to 2009, he spent 24 years in daily print journalism at four newspapers, including the Rocky Mountain News. For much of his career as a journalist he specialized […]

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Colorado’s immigrants by the numbers: a cornerstone of the economy

Just in case you didn’t get enough of the immigration debate during Colorado’s 2017 legislative session, New American Economy thought you’d like some fodder for starting your own discussion on the subject in the off season. The business-backed, pro-immigration advocacy group started in 2010 by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and major CEOs — […]

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‘Western Way’ wants conservatives to own up to climate change — and take the lead

How’s that again? Republicans were the original environmentalists? Conservatives — particularly in the West — should find it easy being green? That’s what John Andrews seems to be telling us. And when Andrews talks, Colorado’s Republicans and conservatives tend to listen. The former state Senate president, onetime presidential speechwriter, serial think-tank founder and all-around political and moral compass for the Centennial […]

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Two takes on Jared Polis — poles apart, but both enlightening

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis addresses Colorado Democrats at the state party's biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Marriott City Center in Denver. Polis plans to announce he's running for governor on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

For his fellow Democrats, 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder represents a political game-changer with his announcement over the weekend he intends to run for Colorado governor in 2018. He’s super-smart, super-rich and enough of a nonconformist to capture the imagination of voters. For Republicans, Polis is a game-changer, too, but of a […]

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