Adam McCoyAdam McCoyApril 25, 20176min630

In one of the reddest cities in the state and the country, three political progressives were elected in landslides to the Colorado Springs City Council earlier this April. Though those City Council seats are nonpartisan, Dawn Haliburton-Rudy says it’s the first steps in changing the political geography of the long-time conservative stronghold in El Paso County. “If we can create monumental shift within our political landscape, that holds huge implications nationwide,” Haliburton-Rudy said.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 14, 20177min373

A year after a Denver auditor's report found a nonprofit provider of services to the mentally and developmentally disabled residents of the City and County of Denver had mismanaged city funds, the picture is much better, City Council members were recently told. Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly called Denver Options, serves over 6,000 Colorado residents through case management and direct service programs.


John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 29, 20174min481

State Sen. Leroy Garcia is an understated lawmaker who is probably best known for working to win greater accountability from the electrical utilities that serve his native Pueblo and, more recently for his efforts to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing rural Colorado. But Garcia is also an Iraq War veteran Marine, and his dedication to service members is the material from which he drafts perhaps his most eloquent speeches and most meaningful legislation. On Military Appreciation Day at the Capitol this year, Garcia honored veterans by talking about our obligation as a society to soldiers in the years after they come home from war and have to make new lives for themselves.

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 23, 20172min171
Buford Johnson never rose above the rank of Army private first class during World War II, but heroism for a veteran isn’t measured in stripes. The 99-year-old Lakewood resident will receive his many medals and ribbons anew on Friday morning from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. His honors include the Bronze Star for heroism and the […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanFebruary 15, 20175min405

Patrick Neville, House minority leader from Castle Rock, said at the state GOP’s Capitol Club gathering that, “We’re going to make sure we push some good red meat bills.” For those confused by the term, those are: School choice, religious freedom, Second Amendment rights and abortion. News stories outlining Neville's assurances were published in this very publication. Later, in the same journal but different issue, Neville complained about Democratic–sponsored joint resolutions in the Legislature that have asked the Trump administration to rescind its immigration executive order and to support a full range of reproductive health care for women. “How is this a productive use of our time,” queried Neville. He particularly pointed to the abortion resolution as counterproductive, saying it “antagonized members of his caucus.”


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 8, 20175min701

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to hold a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony on Friday, March 24. All Vietnam-era veterans in Colorado are eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin at the ceremony. The ceremony is part of an ongoing national program to honor all Vietnam-era veterans — military service members who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served.


Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisFebruary 1, 20175min419

A perennially contentious proposal, this year’s religious freedom restoration bill, HB 17-1013, died a faster, quieter death than in years past. Sent to the state house committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs — a Democratic “kill committee” — in January, the bill’s fate was a foregone conclusion. While the political tumult over the bill declined dramatically, it nonetheless remains a fascinating case study in divergent conservative viewpoints on the topic.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJanuary 30, 20174min358
State lawmakers on Monday offered hope to throngs of veterans who have for years been asking the state to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee unanimously backed the legislative proposal, offering a symbolic endorsement of the normalization of medical marijuana. The bill […]

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