GALLAGHER: TAKE A SEAT, BUT NOT ANY SEAT
At the invitation of Anne O’Donnell, former volunteer in the office of Senator Claire Traylor, R-Wheat Ridge, with whom I served when in our Senate, I recently took a group of volunteers on a tour of our state Capitol. The volunteers were from Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science, the brander’s new name for what I still call the Natural History Museum. Anne volunteers there as well.
THE WEBBCAST: LEGISLATORS NEED TO COME TO GRIPS WITH ‘AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN’
With the heady issues facing the state — our revenue stream and budget being foremost — you have to wonder what’s on the mind of some lawmakers when they introduce proposed legislation that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passage.
MUNICIPALITIES UNDERSTAND LOCAL INVOLVEMENT
With all the hoopla about economic stimulus funding from Washington, it may come as a surprise that the government most involved in economic development is located right down the street at city hall. Cities and towns are deeply involved in economic development — supporting the viability and expansion of existing business and encouraging the creation of new business and jobs in their communities.
CERBO: REINVEST IN COLORADO
To kick off the 2011 legislative session, the Colorado AFL-CIO introduced an agenda to Reinvest in Colorado. We are calling on our elected leaders of both parties to create a new day of opportunity for those on the economic frontlines — the dedicated men and women who are the backbone of society who build and maintain our infrastructure, teach our kids and keep us safe and healthy. Despite the great economic engines of Colorado and America, working families are struggling.
What’s the plan to deal with the looming shortfalls in the state budget? Surprisingly, the new Governor-elect hasn’t asked for ideas on how to efficiently trim the cost of government.
SMITH: BE BRAVE LIKE A LION
I was told to fight and be brave like a lion,” Maria Lopez, the Mayor of Palomas, Mexico says to me. It’s November 11 and we’re in a barren little office in the municipal building in Palomas.
KEFALAS: A FEW THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Looking ahead to 2011, it makes sense to pause and consider the bright spots in our own lives that we can be thankful for.
WREN: ADVICE TO EVERYONE FROM TEA PARTY MEMBERS TO VETERAN ACTIVISTS
By John Wren
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
HARBER: SILENCE IS GOLDEN
By Aaron Harber
Waking up on Wednesday, November 3rd — with just 2½ hours of sleep after watching election returns with the Democrats and then the Republicans at their respective Election Night headquarter parties in Denver — I felt something was missing as I turned on the radio and then the television.
HUDSON: LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM BENNET
By Miller Hudson
Several years ago one of Denver’s more successful attorneys called me to inquire what I thought her chances would be if she ran for City Council. After assuring her that I was confident she would do a terrific job if she were elected, I asked her the following question, “If you announce your candidacy tomorrow morning, how many people will wake up the day after tomorrow wondering what they can do to help you win?”