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Rep. Kevin Priola: Leadership takes a long-term vision

By Rep. Kevin Priola

Today, we live in a society of instant gratification — with one click, you can order just about anything online and have it delivered to your door. Seemingly endless information is shared via the web and social media with just the touch of a button. As a father, business owner, and legislator, I like getting fast results just as much as the next person. But during my seven years in office, I’ve learned that good policy is one area where we can’t afford to hope things happen overnight, especially when it comes to educating Colorado’s kids.

Minimum wage 2015: The ends just don’t meet

By Sen. Michael Merrifield

Next time you’re at the grocery store, keep track of what $8.23 will buy. Maybe it’s a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and some vegetables. Whatever the choices, the money won’t go far — and the point here is that thousands of Coloradans work hard and try to make ends meet on $8.23 per hour, the current minimum wage. They have to find a way to pay for housing, food, health care, transportation, shoes and clothing, and the ever-growing cost of child care.

The Adelson primary at the Republican Jewish Coalition

The Colorado Statesman

Ninety miles outside Las Vegas you begin to see the first indications there must be more than creosote bush and cholla cactus somewhere up ahead. Electric transmission lines start to converge on and then parallel I-15, delivering the electrons required to light up ‘The Strip’ — reportedly visible to space station astronauts at night. What better place for the Republican Jewish Coalition to meet each year than Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian hotel and casino? No other American city is as dedicated to hedonism and sin, or more likely to outrage the mullahs in Iran.

Brown’s bullying holds back Colorado gun-rights

By Jon Caldara

We at the Independence Institute take on bullies. It’s what we do.

Bullies like to use the coercive power of government to take away individual choices, like teachers’ unions work to limit educational choice. 
Nothing exemplifies this more than the current effort by Dudley Brown, of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who is using intimidation and threats to squelch a growing movement to re-legalize 30-round magazines, winning back 99 percent of all the gun magazines we lost in the 2013 ban.

Caldara's push for 30-round ammo magazine limit shot down by Republican legislators

The Colorado Statesman

Any chance for a late bill to double the ammunition magazine limit to 30 rounds this year appeared to disintegrate when GOP state Rep. Patrick Neville revealed Wednesday that 26 Republican legislators have signed a letter opposing the idea.

The letter to Independence Institute president Jon Caldara, who has championed the 30-round limit in a high-profile media campaign, urges him to advocate instead for a full repeal of the 15-round limit passed in 2013 with no Republican support.

Third red-light camera bill to be introduced

The Colorado Statesman

There will be a traffic jam of bills related to red-light camera technology as a third bill is now expected to be introduced on the controversial issue.

That bill, which could be introduced in the House as early as today, would create a study to measure the public safety impact of the use of red-light cameras and speed photo enforcement cameras. The study also would look into claims that cities that use the technology are motivated by the revenue collected from tickets.

Letter: Rep. Neville tells Caldara to pound sand on raising ammo limit

The Colorado Statesman

In a chastening letter posted to his website late last night, Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, didn't mince words about his displeasure with Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute, and his perceived role supporting of "anti-gun legislators" regarding the ongoing magazine limit debate.

Read the text of the letter below:

Mr. Jon Caldara

Independence Institute of Colorado
727 E. 16th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Dear. Mr. Caldara,

Felony DUI bill gets nod in Senate Judiciary committee, moves on to Finance

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday morning unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would make repeated drunk driving a felony offense in the state of Colorado.

House Bill 15-1043, with Senate sponsors John Cooke, R-Greeley, a member of the Judiciary committee, and Mike Johnston, D-Denver, got a 5-0 nod after several victims of accidents involving drunk driving and their family members had delivered emotional testimony.

Letter: Another reason to oppose TPP

Thank you for reporting on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in your recent article, Trans-Pacific trade agreement supporters, opponents spar.

I would like to make an important clarification to that article, which references the ability for foreign countries — through state-owned enterprises — and foreign companies “to sue the U.S. government”. That lawsuit provision, referred to as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), already exists in previous trade deals, such as NAFTA.

Former governors back Hick on student testing standards

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper brought in a couple of heavy hitters this week to push back against legislative efforts that would dramatically reduce standardized testing in schools.

Hickenlooper was joined by former Govs. Bill Owens, a Republican, and Roy Romer, a Democrat, during a Capitol press conference, Wednesday, where the three men championed state testing as a vital component of a student’s development.