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Hal BidlackHal BidlackAugust 14, 20186min381

Back in the early 1970s, my older brother wore a button that simply said, “Keep Nixon Healthy.” He said people often commented on it, usually thinking he was supportive of Mr. Nixon, and wanted him to be well. But for my brother, as a liberal, the button had a very different, if somewhat droll and ironic meaning. Readers of a certain age will recall that Mr. Nixon’s vice president was a rather undistinguished (and later indicted) gentleman with the unlikely name of Spiro Agnew. Mr. Agnew was the former governor of Maryland and was not considered…how shall I put this… the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree? Not the sharpest knife in the drawer? Kind of dumb?


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 4, 20174min544

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner had a hard time getting his point across over liberal opponents in a series of town halls this summer, but Friday morning he’ll try again in Pueblo.

The Republican from Yuma announced Wednesday morning he will meet with constituents at the Pueblo Convention Center from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The doors open at 8:30 a.m.

“Constituents are encouraged to arrive early, as space is limited,” Gardner’s office said in a statement.

The Pueblo Convention Center seats about 1,300. The hall is located at 320 Central Main St.

Gardner was grilled on health care and the Trump agenda, in general, during town hall meetings in Durango, Colorado Springs, Greeley, Lakewood and Grand Junction last summer. Those town halls came after Democrats and other opponents staged a series of protests calling for him to hold a town hall meeting to explain his positions.

Gardner has supported failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and he has been a leading voice in the Senate calling for an appropriate response to the nuclear threats posed by North Korea.

Last month in Summit County he spoke about the need for tax reform, the latest item on the GOP’s stalled agenda under President Bush, and to relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 70.

Gardner also is likely to get questions, if not anti-GOP protests, over President Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Gardner, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, however, has supported the Dream Act. He and fellow Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, are co-sponsoring legislation to defend young immigrants and provide a path to citizenship under certain conditions.

“Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully,” Gardner said in a statement this month.

Pueblo is considered in play, after being a Democratic stronghold for decades. Last year, Pueblo County went for President Trump, the first Republican presidential candidate to win there since Richard Nixon outpolled George McGovern there in 1972.

Gardner lost to incumbent Sen. Mark Udall by less that half a percentage point in Pueblo County in 2014.



Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 15, 20177min246
As a largely unskilled person who’s pulled 30 years’ worth of paychecks at the word factory, it grieves me to break this to you. Words have never been cheaper. In politics, they’re a penny stock. Some words still matter. “I promise.” “I do.” “Roll Tide.” “Extra chili.” The political lexicon, however, has been sinking in […]

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Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 1, 201612min324

… Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman ... Politicos and policy wonks from Denver braved the treacherous mountain passes on I-70 to visit the Western Slope for an economic roundtable, featuring Colorado's chief executive, Gov. Bill Owens. The Republican governor stated that allowing businesses and consumers to buy “Chevrolet instead of Cadillac” health insurance plans would give a big boost to small businesses struggling to pay premiums. That would lead, he said, to a better economy in rural Colorado where most of the jobs were in small business. Because of the Legislature’s requirement for fifteen specific things all health insurance must cover, health insurance costs have sky-rocketed, Owens explained. Owens held roundtables in five locations around the state and the Grand Junction event drew nearly 200 people.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 30, 201618min313

DENVER — Good morning fellow Colorado-critters and welcome to the midweek Hot Sheet extravaganza. For those believers, today's date means we've got just 24 full days of shopping madness left before Santa's sleigh leaves its skid marks atop your roof. Speaking of marks, it looks like the 2016 presidential election has left its mark — an odd one — in Southern Colorado. More on that below. And for those wonks who are counting ... just 707 days left until Decision 2018, when Colorado will choose a new woman or man (please a woman ... please some sanity) to reign supreme atop the Gold Dome throne as governor.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 15, 201612min288

No matter how this year's presidential election turned out, there were going to be about 60 million people in America who felt the winner was "in no manner, shape or form someone who represented them or their values." And the keynote speaker at last week's 27th annual SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver also said any angst or anger against the government was misplaced.