Miller Hudson

Washington shuts down, but not the rumor-mongering

The Colorado Statesman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington, D.C. was padlocking the nation’s treasures as I flew in last week for my high school reunion in neighboring Montgomery County. My scheduled meetings were cancelled, so I took a few hours Wednesday afternoon to survey the consequences of shutting down the federal government. The Mall was eerily empty as barricades prevented tourists from parking along the frontage roads serving the museums that stand shoulder to shoulder between the Capitol, and the Washington monument.


Free soaring EAGLE-Net is prey for rural phone companies in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

Whoever first speculated that the road to hell is paved with good intentions may well have had Colorado’s EAGLE-Net Alliance in mind. During the Legislative Audit Committee’s investigative inquiry last week, Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D–Adams County, expressed the nearly universal sense of confusion pervading the committee room when she observed, “The deeper we get in the weeds here, the weedier it seems to get.”

Is anti-discrimination policy that fails to discriminate a form of discrimination?

Provide supporting Constitutional citations, but limit your response to 400 words
The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado’s Board of Regents met Tuesday at the University Memorial Building in Boulder. Much of the day’s agenda was dedicated to the stultifying consideration of contracts, financial statements, planning reports and Board approvals for a metastasizing and dizzying array of academic degree programs. The low-ceiled room where the Regents met felt like an interrogation chamber at Guantanamo — underlit, view lines blocked, muted conversations transpiring in small huddles and presenters prone to acronymic obscurity.


Looking back at the recall elections, I’m still pondering what happened

The Colorado Statesman

In the entry hall at Pueblo’s Union station hang two large portraits, one of Woodrow Wilson and the other of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. During the golden age of rail, each of these Democratic Presidents made campaign stops in this hot and dusty corner of Colorado. While Roosevelt was running for re-election at the time of his visit, Wilson was attempting to sell his League of Nations, created by the Treaty of Versailles, to an isolationist and skeptical U.S. Senate. Leaving Washington Sept. 3, 1919, on a 17-state marketing tour, Wilson stumbled ascending the stage in Pueblo on Sept. 25.

Giron recalled; Pueblo voters ambush the pundits

The Colorado Statesman

Fighting your way south from Denver through the quasi-permanent orange cone zones that beset I-25, you are abruptly reminded of the character of El Paso County politics as you cross the Douglas County line. A discreet sign announces you will henceforth be traveling on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. Then, crossing into Pueblo County, I-25 becomes the John F. Kennedy Highway. However, there was no ‘yin and yang’ between these neighbors on Tuesday evening, when voters in both counties tossed their Democratic Senators in favor of replacements.


Fontneau and Colorado Health Exchange are ready to connect with Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

“…Eight,7, 6, 5, Connect4Health, 3, 2 — October 1 and the Colorado Health Exchange will open for business whether you’re ready or not!” They seem to be sales ready and politically bulletproof. Even if Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are successful in shutting down the federal government over funding of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare will continue to unspool in Colorado. As one of the states organizing its own health insurance marketplace, Connect4Health Colorado’s money is in the bank and there will be no strangling of this baby in the cradle.


Higher education equates to higher tuition

The Colorado Statesman

In 1636, just 16 years after the Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth Rock, the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony authorized the formation of Harvard College. In 1693 the Virginia House of Burgesses levied a tax on fur and tobacco exports to fund the College of William and Mary, where John Marshall, three of our presidents, and 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated.

HUDSON: Who profits when the wind blows?

Transwest could really transform the West

The Colorado Statesman

Craig is one of those sun-baked Colorado towns you generally zip through on your way to some place else, only pausing long enough to gas up. It’s the kind of small town where the local paper features interviews with the new teachers arriving for the upcoming school year. Yet, last Friday the Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) and Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) scheduled a public involvement meeting to explain the proposed Transwest Express Transmission Project that may soon extend 725 miles from Rawlins, Wyo.


Our kids are better than we were, Mr. President, but we’re better than most of our parents were

The Colorado Statesman

So, how bad was it? Take my word for it, before Brown vs. the Board of Education, before the federal voting rights act, the fair housing act and the equal accommodations act, it was very, very bad. If you don’t remember the 1950s, then the civil rights crusade of the ‘60s may not make much sense. Separate but equal (wink, wink — probably not so equal) may have been far from perfect, but it incorporated the inherent acknowledgment that every American was entitled to equal treatment, didn’t it? No, not so much!

What’s behind Weld County’s mantra: ‘We don’t get no respect’?

The Colorado Statesman

The senior member of Colorado’s Congressional delegation usually serves as the state’s informal caucus Dean, but the identity of the “go to” office when you actually need something accomplished in Washington shifts over time. While I served in the Legislature, and for nearly two decades, that honor belonged to Denver’s Patricia Schroeder.