Miller Hudson

Hurtling across the American heartland on a post-election road trip

Contributing Columnist

I had election stories to file last week before I could hit the road again. It was 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning before I’d met my deadlines, packed the car, picked up a large bag of malt vinegar Kettle chips, in preference to Cheetos or gold fish, and filled my cooler with soft drinks, water bottles and Colorado IPAs. My daughter was opening her new Pilates studio in Chicago’s Wicker Park on Thursday evening and it was also my granddaughter’s birthday. Time to roll east with the last of Lara’s belongings, which had remained lurking in my basement 40 years after her birth. I ratcheted the stereo up on high, a box of CDs in the passenger seat and a SIRIUS XM channel when I wanted to check on election results. Road trip!


Everyday heroes now and in the past…

Contributing Columnist

I’ve been thinking a lot about Adolph Dubs the past few weeks. Who? Following the recent assassination of J. Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, most news reports noted he was the first American Ambassador in 33 years to be murdered in the line of duty. Like Stevens, “Spike” Dubs was a career foreign service officer appointed as Ambassador to Afghanistan (no surprise there) by Jimmy Carter. Members of the Semtani Milli militia kidnapped Dubs in Kabul.

Voters give green light to school funding campaigns

Elections proved that City Hall and school boards came out on top with voters in Denver, JeffCo
The Colorado Statesman

There was no greater evidence on election night that politics remains a soft science than the green light Colorado voters gave to most of the school funding campaigns waged along the Front Range. It proved a surprisingly good day to be asking taxpayers for more of their money. The RTD Board ought to be kicking itself around the Market Street station this morning. Bowing to the advice of their political consultants, they ducked an opportunity to accelerate the FASTRACKS program, currently on a desultory 30-year completion calendar.


The hollow crown vs. the hollow man

Contributing Columnist

If I’ve learned anything after forty years in politics, it’s the fact that charisma, like beauty, exists far more in the eye of the beholder than within the character of a candidate. Any politician who embraces this madness from the crowd — popular adulation without limits — does so at considerable risk of wrenching disillusionment and disappointment once elected. Four years ago Barack Obama attempted to warn his supporters that he would not prove a perfect president — that he could only attempt to do his very best.

Coleman, Fleischer address GOP Jewish Coalition

The Colorado Statesman

A heavily advertised town hall meeting at the J.W. Marriott in Cherry Creek drew a crowd in excess of 200 on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Touted as an issues discussion for a “Pro-Israel Community at the Crossroads — Critical Issues and Choices Facing the U.S. and Israel in 2012,” the event proved an unabashed organizing event for Romney’s Jewish supporters. If you didn’t get the hint from the ‘OBAMA…OY VEY!’ buttons at the registration table, it didn’t take long to figure out once the program got underway.

Leading man Fishburne delivers a little Hollywood glamour to an unglamorous job

The Colorado Statesman

Laurence Fishburne visited Obama campaign centers along the Front Range this past Saturday, Oct. 27. He arrived at the Five Points office in Denver just after lunch without entourage, wearing a pair of worn blue jeans and a long sleeve Henley crew shirt. There was nothing particularly imposing about the man who played Morpheus in the Matrix films. At six feet and 225 pounds, he looks more like an aging athlete than a Hollywood leading man.

Groundhog Day with the President in City Park

The Colorado Statesman

He’s back! Barack Obama returned to Colorado on Wednesday for the umpteenth time in this presidential election. Beneath a threatening sky a large crowd, estimated at 16,000, spilled across the lawn between the Museum of Nature and Science and the lake. Touted as a sequel to Mitt Romney’s Red Rocks appearance the night before, I expected to find a stage facing east with the backdrop of downtown and the Rockies beyond.

A true Blue’s foray into Red (Rocks) territory

A stranger in a not-so-strange land
The Colorado Statesman

It’s been a long time since I attended a Republican rally, but Red Rocks provides a draw for any political junkie. To steal a line from Chris Matthews, it sent ‘a real thrill up my leg.’ The last time I did any politicking at Red Rocks was 1980, when we were circulating petitions to create an elected Board of Directors for RTD. The McNichols administration pretty much looked the other way concerning marijuana enforcement in those years, and I was asked to hold more than one doobie while Willie Nelson fans grappled with my clipboards.

Veep has captive audience of Dems in heart of state

The Colorado Statesman

GREELEY — At their nominating convention in Charlotte last month, the “CUPPA JOE” coffee mugs were slow movers in the Democratic souvenir stands. Wednesday morning, however, the Obama campaign could probably have peddled its entire overstock in Greeley, Colorado. Two thousand Weld County Democrats were up early to greet Joe Biden after their presidential candidate had proven the night before during his second debate with Mitt Romney that he still possessed a pulse.


Amendment S — It’s like a Trojan horse masquerading as a carousel pony


The American Constitution is admired for its introduction of checks and balances among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. The opportunity for obstruction and delay this creates has frustrated reformers of every stripe, yet it was the stated intention of our founding fathers that they should guard public policy against the popular whims of impassioned zealotry. Three independent, competing centers of power were meant to serve as a brake on precipitous change.