Dick PolmanDick PolmanFebruary 3, 20175min340

When Senate Republicans decided last year to ditch their constitutional duty - by stiffing President Obama's eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee, denying him even the courtesy of a hearing - they took a big political risk. They gambled that the voters wouldn't punish them on election day. Turns out, they were right. Their unprecedented power play paid off. And that's why the minority Democrats are currently up the creek. They can fume all they want about how the GOP stole Merrick Garland's seat - justifiably so - but their options for blocking Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch are basically nonexistent. Senate rules require 60 votes for passage, which means that Mitch McConnell needs eight Democrats to say yes. But if Democrats dig in, McConnell can always change the Senate rules and put Gorsuch on the court with a simple majority vote - 51 Republicans saying yes, no Democrats needed.


Wellington WebbWellington WebbNovember 15, 201614min489

As we begin to digest the 2016 election results, let me begin with our successes. First, I want to congratulate Denver voters on our 80 percent turnout, which is outstanding. I also want to congratulate Emmy Ruiz for running a great campaign in Colorado for Hillary Clinton. She helped make Colorado blue and bring Hillary our vote. Emmy was calm throughout the campaign, met with everyone she needed to and kept focus. It’s unfortunate we didn’t have more people like her nationwide. I’m also glad Denver and metro voters endorsed continuing the tax on the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District along with the Denver Public Schools bond proposal. Additionally, it was gratifying voters statewide understood the need to protect our Constitution and endorsed Amendment 71.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 9, 201631min431

DENVER - Can you spell T-R-U-M-P? Good morning. Feeling the post-election night hangover? Us too. And we all know it's one hangover that takes zero adult beverages to produce. Pop an Aspirin, look in the mirror and smile or frown — take your pick — but recognize that the country has chosen a very different path for the next four years. But it appears you, Colorado, have chosen to keep things essentially the same. For the winners circle, victory is such a nice remedy for the hangover isn't it? Gov. John Hickenlooper can gaze into that mirror this a.m. and breathe a sigh of relief for the outlook of the remainder of his term. It's a bittersweet morning for Colorado's governor — a letdown that any presumed Washington opportunities are out the window, but certainly a reassurance that a likely divided Legislature in 2017-2018 will keep his popularity — and legacy — above the 50 percent mark. The Senate appears to be headed for continued GOP control, though only 84 percent of District 25 has reported so forgive us for reading the tea leaves a bit.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 8, 20163min951

More than 2.2 million of Colorado's nearly 3.3 million registered voters had turned in their ballots by Election Day, according to the Colorado Secretary of State's office, with Republican voters slightly ahead of Democratic voters. The Election Day tally showed Republican voters cast 771,745 ballots, Democratic voters cast 753,052 ballots and unaffiliated, or independent, voters cast 656,882 ballots.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 12, 20164min307

Internationally prominent physician, activist - and clown - Dr. Patch Adams said he wants to see huge corporate health insurance companies go out of business, and believes the ColoradoCare statewide health care program before Colorado voters next month is a step in that direction. Adams spoke Wednesday, Oct. 12, at a Denver news conference to highlight the medical community's support of Amendment 69 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 3, 20164min335

Do you like the fact that Colorado politicians must ask us first before they raise our taxes or debt? They sure don’t like it. Our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) only became law through our citizen’s initiative process. Amendment 71 destroys that very process. Do you like that our elected officials are term limited? Are bound by ethics laws? Have to do their work transparently? Can’t use tax money to fund abortions?


Veronica FennerVeronica FennerAugust 5, 20165min462

Colorado citizens typically love “sin taxes." For voters, support for these proposals often seems like a no brainer. After all, why not vote for an issue fronted by a group with an appealing name like "Health Colorado" — a misnomer, but alluring enough to elicit checking the "yes" box. But in Colorado — a state rife with ballot measures — it is vital Colorado voters do their research and give serious thought to the unintended consequences of putting their signature to any proposed ballot measure. Such is the case with Proposition 143, which would ensure that cigars and other tobacco products are taxed at a whopping 60 percent of the wholesale price. This makes taxes on these products so high, small businesses will have no choice but to close their doors, drying up these same revenues that our greedy government has an insatiable appetite for.


Rick JensenRick JensenJune 28, 20165min335

Elections matter.But what do people really want? As the host of a radio show, I get to talk to people for a living. I talk with policy wonks, politicians and, most important, real people with real concerns and real needs. The Verizon worker leaning a 25-foot ladder up against a tree in 20 mph winds hoping to retire in a couple of years without worrying that his pension and medical insurance could vanish. Yeah, he's one of the few U.S. employees with a defined benefit pension and he likes it. He also knows full well that defined benefit pensions are not sustainable with a smaller population of workers coming up behind him. These people are not stupid.