Guest Columns

DUBOFSKY: TABOR revenue limit would still be in place

Time to modernize Colorado’s fiscal landscape

Colorado has one of the most complex fiscal systems in the entire country. We are not, in our current form, adequately suited to deal with ever-changing economic realities. The Colorado General Assembly is currently debating a bill, Senate Bill 228, which would repeal an outdated budget formula and untie the state’s hands to get us out of the recession more quickly.

HOLDEN: LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

TABOR protects Colorado’s taxpayers

Norman Duncan’s “lobbyist and current Democrat” point of view on the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and its attenuating effect on Colorado government and legislative process was insightful and revealing. (“Rule by TABOR flouts the founding fathers,” Colorado Statesman, Jan. 16, 2009)

MARKS: MEMORIES OF FONDER TIMES

Remembering yesterday in a new year

Memories are created, molded and made in different ways. Some are good, some are very bad, but they become a part of you. They are not meant to be forgotten, but only to be stored in the memory bank of your mind. When this new year of 2009 came into being a few weeks ago, memories of past years emerged.

JACKSON: AUTO MANUFACTURERS DEPEND ON DEALERSHIPS

Auto dealers a pillar of Colorado’s economy

Automobile dealers and automobile manufacturers have a symbiotic relationship. Put simply, neither could survive without the other.

JOHNSON: CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP LAUNCHES FELLOWSHIP

Colorado builds fellowship program to train future progressive activists

Over the last 25 years, conservatives have successfully built a robust national training infrastructure for developing future leaders at every level of political involvement. The Center for Progressive Leadership is responding by actively working to fill a void in progressive leadership training by investing in the recruitment, training and building of future candidates and grassroots activists across the country and the state of Colorado. CPL’s goal is to build an infrastructure for developing the next generation of progressive leaders.

HILLMAN: THERE THEY GO AGAIN

Dems need to review TABOR for Dummies

There they go again. Faced with a budget that’s hemorrhaging dollars, it was only a matter of time before one of our spendthrift legislators made headlines by erroneously pointing the finger of blame at Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR).

DUNCAN: OUR CASTRATED GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Rule by TABOR flouts the founding fathers

As we begin another legislative session, a few observations are in order.

Colorado’s General Assembly is probably the most poorly equipped of any Legislature in the country to deal with the current national economic mess as it affects our state.

CONARROE: SINGLETON ADDS A NOTCH TO HIS BELT

Dean Singleton wins the day, for now

By Percy Conarroe

After six years, the Joint Operating Agreement between the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, designed to save the latter, is grinding down, a financial failure. News owner Scripps wants out, even if it means shuttering the News

SMITH: DRUG WAR VIOLATES MEXICO'S SECURITY

Terror awaits us on our own continent

I was weeping with fear,” Irene says. “It seemed like we were in Iraq.”

It’s Thanksgiving morning, and I’m sitting in the kitchen of her home in Nogales, Mexico, as she describes a recent gun battle that took place about a kilometer away.

HARBER: LET'S LOOK BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Ritter needs bold choice to replace Salazar

Colorado’s pundits and politicos are advising Gov. Bill Ritter to replace U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar with someone well-known and well-connected in Democratic circles, someone who can raise the millions of dollars likely to be needed for the 2010 election campaign.

Those criteria are too simplistic — if not altogether wrong.