Kerry DonovanKerry DonovanApril 23, 20185min576

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission put our democracy and our economy at risk. That’s when the FCC voted to deregulate the internet and repeal the 2015 Net Neutrality rules. Net neutrality states that no internet service provider can block your access to any website or service for politically or financially motivated reasons. Fundamentally, everyone deserves access to an open internet. And, with access to internet becoming more and more of a necessity, those rules are more important than ever.


Kimmi LewisKimmi LewisMarch 16, 20186min760

When legislation for perpetual conservation easements was first proposed in the United States Congress, the terms “rare” and “unique” were used to describe conservation easements eligible for the federal income tax deduction.  The program was intended to be used judiciously for the purpose of giving landowners a financial incentive to give up their surface development rights from now until the end of time.  


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 31, 20182min2599

The other Colorado — the one that raises our corn and potatoes and beef and pork; the one that hosts a lot of our oil and gas exploration as well as our wind and solar farms; the one that comprises most of Colorado’s territory if not its population — will converge on the Capitol Thursday and Friday. Which is to say it’s time for the annual, “Voices of Rural Colorado” Joint Denver Legislative Visit, convened by the regional advocacy groups CLUB 20, Action 22 and Pro 15.

A press release announcing the rural summit says it offers:

… members from each organization the opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with legislators, cabinet members and department heads. Through presentations and panel discussions, attendees will learn about potential legislation that could impact citizens and communities in the rural regions of Colorado.

Club 20 Executive Director Christian Reece is quoted in the announcement:

“…As one voice for rural Colorado we think that we will be able to show that there IS unity in our state. When 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties band together, it’s going to be hard for state leadership not to listen.”

Hear that, pols?

In addition to meeting with elected and other officials in both branches of state government, the rural visitors also will hear panel discussions on drug pricing transparency efforts in Colorado; the nexus between education and economic development; broadband legislation and impacts to rural Colorado; urban water conservation and more.

And of course there will be networking reception — no legislative summit would be complete without one — 5 p.m. Thursday at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.


Scott TiptonScott TiptonDecember 22, 20175min792

There are many challenges facing hard-working families trying to maintain their way of life in rural America, but one of their greatest obstacles may be lack of access to a physical bank or credit union. Bank accounts are an important tool for financial stability for Americans of all income levels in all parts of the country. Having a bank account helps families save money securely, pay bills in a timely fashion, and better plan for their future financial needs. While many of us can drive a short distance, walk into a bank, and open an account, there are rural communities across our state and the country where physical bank locations are few and far between. Luckily, mobile banking is increasingly improving access to financial services and has become especially important for customers in rural areas.


Cindy GreerCindy GreerOctober 30, 20176min671

Congress and President Trump have recently begun the urgent job of modernizing the country’s outdated and unfair tax system. For Colorado, especially the vast stretches of small towns surrounding our urban centers, the stakes are huge.  If Congress can replace the current tax system’s complexities and loopholes with a better system that encourages business and wage growth, all of us will benefit.