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HUDSON: SHOULD THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE BE PUNISHED?

Republicans: Is this really a matter of ethics?

Contributing Columnist

Did it prick your civic conscience when you learned that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper hosted a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association in Aspen? Was it particularly galling to find out this meeting was primarily a subterfuge to assemble Democratic governors for a high-dollar fundraiser with the Aspen glitterati? And, did it further chafe that raw spot beneath your saddle when you discovered the Governor and several of his staff received free meals, free rooms and free stuff?

Former Sec. of Defense weighs in on Bush, Obama

The Colorado Statesman

World Denver lassoed another top tier speaker for its Denver luncheon this week, serving up former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates along with the usual rubber chicken. Since leaving the Obama administration, Gates has assumed a position as Chancellor at William & Mary College and written a memoir covering his five years (2006-11) as Defense Secretary for Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. He enjoys the distinction of being the only Defense Secretary to have survived a change in administrations.

HUDSON: COLORADO’S FIRST COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE

Reining in the federal government through a Constitutional Convention of the States

Contributing Columnist

“On the application of the Legislatures of
two-thirds of the several states, (Congress) shall call
a convention for proposing amendments.” Article V

It’s somewhat debatable whether the “Fracking Debate” was actually a debate

The Colorado Statesman

Last week the Independence Institute and the Environmental Alliance teamed to organize a “Just the Fracking Facts” debate at the Denver Post Auditorium. Despite considerable promotion of the event it only attracted 50 or 60 observers, most of whom were solidly allied with one side or the other in this slow, simmering dispute. Colorado voters, however, appear destined to hear a lot more about this conflict between now and election day.

HUDSON: FLIPPING THE LID ON PANDORA’S BOX

Judge grants Preliminary Injunction in case involving mental health services

The Colardo Statesman

Denver District Court Judge Hub Stern granted the Preliminary Injunction requested by Crisis Access on Friday, Feb. 28. His injunction prevents the Colorado Department of Human Services from proceeding with the re-bidding of its original solicitation for a vendor that would provide statewide emergency services to individuals experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis.

HUDSON: $19 MILLION IN ANNUAL SERVICES AT STAKE

A crisis of major magnitude as mental health services are delayed over legal wrangling

The Colardo Statesman

Gravel-voiced Illinois Republican Everett Dirksen, the long-serving U.S. Senate Minority Leader, observed a half century ago that, “…a billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” God only knows what he would have to say about today’s trillion dollar federal budgets. In Colorado, by contrast, it appears $100 million is enough money to fill a courtroom with a dozen $400-an-hour attorneys.

HUDSON: WE’RE TALKING ABOUT U.S. 36 AGAIN

Colorado’s taste of Arab Spring organizing remains more than a little bit troubling

The Colorado Statesman

There was considerable smug self-congratulation reported by the commentariat during the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East as organizers relying on social media and the Internet turned out first thousands and then tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere across Tunisia, Libya and Syria. Geeks and politicos found it just the most wonderful thing imaginable that democratic aspirations were flowering with an assist from broadband technology. Really, how very, very clever of us!

HUDSON: HICKENLOOPER NEEDN’T WORRY ABOUT THESE FOUR

The Republican junior varsity candidates for governor appear to be revolving

The Colorado Statesman

The Denver Post conducted the second Republican gubernatorial debate of the 2014 campaign this week. Absent were alpha dogs Tom Tancredo and Secretary of State Scott Gessler. Two new candidates have joined the field since last year, businessman Jason Clark, and Steve House, Adams County Republican chair. At the December debate at a local television station, not a single candidate was willing to fully embrace the theory of evolution through natural selection. Nonetheless, these B team candidates proved that their positions have been evolving during the interim.

HUDSON: TOPIC IS EXACTING A TOLL ON EVERYONE

What (or who) is driving all the panic about alleged privatization of U.S. 36 in Boulder?

Contributing Columnist

The Drive SunShine Institute convened an emergency public meeting on the afternoon of Jan. 31 at the Alfalfa’s community room in Boulder. The alleged public emergency was an imminent privatization of U.S. 36 by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s High Performance Transportation Enterprise, which is about to conclude a widely publicized two year solicitation process for a Public Private Partnership to extend RTD’s busway and high occupancy toll lanes from Interlocken on into Boulder. This contract will also lease existing HOV lanes on I-25 from downtown Denver that connect to U.S. 36.

HUDSON: THOSE AT THE FRINGES OF OUR SOCIETY BEWARE

For discussion this week: Venial sins, petty offenses and the art of the blind eye

The Colorado Statesman

Both the clergy and the courts acknowledge there are transgressions so minor that no number of them will extend our sojourn in purgatory or add to earned prison time. For these misdemeanors there are no “three strike” rules. Little white lies and photo radar tickets are all of a kind — sufficient to outrage the Puritan moralists in our midst, but unlikely to inflict lasting harm beyond that brief flash of shamed conscience. But, what of offenses we witness and choose to ignore? More to the point, what is our responsibility in a democracy when the villain is government itself?