ARNOLD: DON’T BE CONNED BY THE BLUE BOOK REVIEWS
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” — Abraham Lincoln
As Coloradans prepare to cast their ballots in the 2014 elections, despite being bombarded with political ads and mailers, most voters have little to no information on up to a third of the people asking for their vote: our state’s third branch of government, the judges.
MACE: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Additional education is the choice that most reliably improves an American family’s quality of life. Consequently, both as a former Colorado legislator and during my professional career I have consistently attempted to expand access to and opportunity for college and specialized training programs.
HUDSON: A FULL WEEKEND OF ELECTIONEERING
Some 30 years ago the Bell System crumpled under pressure from Congress, regulators and competitors, not-so-voluntarily acceding to an anti-trust dissolution of its monopoly over national telephone service. American Telephone & Telegraph announced a divestiture plan that would spin off seven Baby Bell companies that would continue to offer the basic dial tone, while its manufacturing divisions, including Western Electric and Bell Labs, would emerge as an independent equipment developer and AT&T itself would carry on as primarily a long distance and high volume data transfer provider.
FULTON: THERE’S A SMART WAY TO DO THINGS
What if I told you that there was a voluntary federal program that has resulted in a savings of 5 billion gallons of fuel, saved $16.8 billion in fuel costs, and reduced carbon monoxide emissions by over 52 million tons since the program’s inception in 2004. You probably wouldn’t believe it.
While we hear stories in the media about government boondoggles, very rarely do we hear about those public programs that do work and may even exceed expectations.
STEPHENS: WAR ON WOMEN STRATEGY WON’T WORK THIS TIME
Democrats are wondering why it’s not working this time. In 2010, the War on Women strategy helped U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet edge out Republican Ken Buck in a close election. In 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney found his campaign on the losing end of the WOW attack. However, in 2014, the ploy isn’t working so well for incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in a tight election against challenger Cory Gardner.
LINZEY: COLORADANS DESERVE BETTER
Well that didn’t take long. For all of the grandiose political statements about supporting Colorado communities that have banned oil and gas drilling, the whole house of cards fell overnight.
First came Food and Water Watch, a non-profit organization, which led its supporters across a bridge to nowhere. After announcing that it would run a statewide ballot initiative to bolster the authority of communities to ban oil and gas extraction, the group instead drafted a measure that didn’t. When confronted, the group then tried to redraft the initiative, but then threw in the towel.
LEVY: BALLOT MEASURE PRESENTS A TRIFECTA OF PROBLEMS
Using gaming money for education is hardly a winning solution.
I don’t know where to begin with this article expressing my profound dismay over the prospect of Colorado resorting to gambling to pay for education.
WASDEN: PRIMARY MISSION IS JOB CREATION
Too often, politics hamper the ability of businesses to expand and put Americans to work. What used to be an important bipartisan reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank has now fallen firmly in the crosshairs of some members of the GOP. Charges of crony capitalism and big governmental overreach flow freely from opposition tongues. “Let the private sector fill that space in the market. Those big companies don’t need the Ex-Im Bank, they can get capital on their own,” scream critics.
MARES: BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR OUR POLICIES
Two years ago this summer, our public policy team here at Mental Health America of Colorado sent out surveys to about 130 candidates for the state legislature. We asked them 10 questions about reducing the stigma associated with mental health, insurance coverage, the criminal justice system, and improving social determinants of mental health.
SALAZAR: AGRO-TERRORISM IS A REASONABLE THREAT
When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply. But, let’s dig even deeper and on a global security level.
Each morning on the news, there are typically stories of terrorism across the globe. In a world that can sometimes seem unstable and hostile, it has become even more critical that we look at areas that could be exposed to