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TABOR train wreck could stymie forward progress on the state budget this year

Contributing Columnist

George Gallup opened his polling firm 80 years ago in Princeton, New Jersey, successfully predicting Franklin Roosevelt’s re-election victory over Alf Landon in the 1936 presidential campaign. In following years his company began to offer marketing surveys, advertising advice and economic evaluations to American businesses.


Forum on race, justice is just the beginning

Contributing Columnist

At 3 p.m. on the Friday afternoon before the final weekend leading up to Christmas you couldn’t help but wonder how many Denver residents would be willing to show up for a discussion of race, justice and police brutality. The answer turned out to be that a lot of people found the time to fight traffic, parking and a balky, Internet reservation system to claim 150 seats at the Colorado History Museum.


Remembering former Mayor Marion Barry

Contributing Columnist

In the fall of 1970 when I returned to Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone in Washington, D.C., I found a much different company than the one I’d left three years earlier as I departed for the U.S. Navy and a once in a lifetime opportunity to help keep Southeast Asia safe for democracy. AT&T, the nation’s largest employer, had executed a nationwide consent decree with the Nixon administration’s EEOC during my absence.

On the move

Regional transportation system expected to double in size by ‘17
Contributing Columnist

Transit aficionados and elected officials recently got a sneak peek at the commuter rail cars that will serve DIA, the Gold Line across Arvada, a Westminster spur and the North Metro Rail Line through Thornton, eventually reaching 162nd Avenue and I-25. Together with the light rail extension under construction between the Nine Mile station at Parker and I-225, which will serve the University of Colorado Hospital and Anschutz campus connecting to the East rail corridor at Peoria and I-70, Denver’s regional transit system will more than double its current size during 2016 and 2017.


Size and scope of the federal regulatory apparatus is daunting

Contributing Columnist

Last month in Grand Junction the National Association of Manufacturers partnered with the National Federation of Independent Business to review a recent report produced by W. Mark Crain and Nicole V. Crain of Lafayette College, a husband and wife economic research team, who estimated the financial impacts of federal regulation on small firms.

Joint Budget Committee already looking at numbers

Governor submitted budget before Election Day; TABOR refunds could be considered
Contributing Columnist

Colorado law requires the Governor to issue an annual budget proposal each year on the first Monday in November. Since the six members of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee ultimately draft the state’s budget, it is often argued this can prove a wasted exercise. When the Governor’s party controls one or more of the legislative chambers, his or her budget proposal enjoys some chance of being considered. Otherwise, a Governor’s preferences can be and generally are ignored by the JBC.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez get down to biz at CACI debate

Contributing Columnist

The half-hour gubernatorial debate at the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s annual luncheon this week felt a little bit like speed dating. For those expecting a pair of fatigued boxers emerging from their corners for a late round exchange of body blows and clinches against the ropes, both candidates’ crisp, quick responses had to come as something of a surprise. A lengthy tennis match may better describe these Colorado combatants. Entering their fifth and final set, with Election Day fast approaching, Bob Beauprez and John Hickenlooper now anticipate eachother’s shots.

AG hopefuls face the Bars

Republican, Democrat, Libertarian candidates square off in debate
The Colorado Statesman

Three candidates for Attorney General engaged in a spirited debate before the Colorado Bar Association this week. David Williams, Libertarian, Cynthia Coffman, Republican, and Don Quick, Democrat, were afforded a three-minute opening, followed by a series of questions submitted from various interest group bar associations. Fred Brown, former columnist and editor with The Denver Post now teaching journalism ethics at the University of Denver, served as moderator.

High stakes Amendment 68 debated at local chamber

The Colorado Statesman

Well-known Colorado politicos debated controversial Amendment 68 at the South Metro Chamber of Commerce office in Centennial on Oct. 7. The citizen initiative, if passed by voters on Nov. 4, would provide as much as $114 million annually to improve Colorado K-12 public and charter schools by permitting expanded gaming at Arapahoe Park horse racetrack. It would also allow gaming at no more than one horse racetrack in each of Pueblo and Mesa counties where racing and wagering have taken place for at least five consecutive years.

Regis Groff: A true hero among us

Celebrating the life of an icon in the African American community
The Colorado Statesman

On Friday an overflow crowd filled the AME Shorter church in East Denver for a memorial service in remembrance of Regis F. Groff. For two deeply moving hours the former Senate Democratic Minority Leader was honored for his qualities as leader, pioneer, mentor, teacher, parent and role model. Nearly overlooked were his mischievous temperament, infectious humor and visceral enthusiasm, which he carried into both his political and personal life. Groff was far more than the conscience of the Colorado Senate; he was also a genuinely happy warrior.