Apparently this legislator has a “reputation” for a few things around the Capitol (some we can’t mention), that apparently has made me unapproachable in some Capitol circles. One of the reputations I allegedly have is for voting “NO” for no apparent reason (not true). Another is that I follow marching orders from outside groups or organizations that rate bills (also not true). Yet another is that I’m completely philosophically driven (not true either). The reputation that is true, is I do read all of the bills before I vote.
Growing up in Southern Colorado, I was fortunate to experience many of the activities that make Colorado wonderful. From farmer's markets to dude ranches, whether it's the Colorado State Fair or picking fruit at an orchard, agritourism is critical to Colorado's agrarian lifestyle and economy.
Next week in the House of Representatives, we’ll consider the most significant piece of federal legislation for K-12 schools: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
In non-Congressional speak, it’s known as No Child Left Behind.
HUDSON: POLITICIANS & TECHNOLOGY — A MATCH MADE IN HELL
Several years ago while visiting Los Angeles, I found myself trapped on a gridlocked freeway, not an unusual predicament in America’s strip mall utopia. The car idling immediately in front of mine sported a bumper sticker that suggested, “FOR A LISTING OF ALL THE WAYS TECHNOLOGY HAS IMPROVED YOUR LIFE, PLEASE PRESS 3.” The voice on my car radio was reporting that the computer controlling local streetlights had crashed. Traffic was moving at a crawl everywhere. Time to reach an exit, crawl to a sports bar and quaff a cold beer or two or three.
Buck: Spending cuts, not tax increases are the answer
As a member of Congress I have the opportunity to tackle what I view as our nation’s most dangerous threat, the $18.1 trillion debt. We face serious threats from bad actors on the international stage, from Iran to ISIS, but my greatest concern is the debt. It is fast approaching economically damaging levels, and both political parties are culpable.
CARNO: CRUSHING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Editor’s Note: On Jan. 29, the House passed House Bill 1031, sponsored by Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, on second reading. The bill delays the sale of powdered alcohol in Colorado until the state can implement an adequate regulatory framework. While powdered alcohol is not currently legal for sale here, it can be purchased online.
GESING: AN OUTSIDE THE BOX PERSPECTIVE
In an effort to stall the passage of a bill that would approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. Senate Democrats over the past few weeks launched a harangue of amendments centered around climate change. The strategy was designed to force their foes on the other side of the aisle to gamble with their political capital.
GAGLIARDI: The national impact of a Colorado court case
Who is in charge of the American republic?
A case out of the federal district court of Colorado could answer that question, if the Supreme Court takes the matter up next spring.
In 1992, Coloradans voted to amend their state constitution in order to impose restraints on their government’s power to tax and spend. The Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) has since given citizens the final say on new or increased taxes and spending.
POULSON: WHY SHOULD THE STATE KEEP YOUR MONEY?
Your TABOR refund check isn’t in the mail, at least not yet. Some groups would like to stop next year’s refunds, in spite of the benefits they would mean for the state.
Rapid growth in the Colorado economy will increase state revenue in excess of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights limit. Colorado’s TABOR constitutional amendment limits the growth of state revenue to the sum of population growth plus inflation; surplus revenue above that limit must be refunded to taxpayers.
COX: MUSINGS FROM THE MISTS OF AMEREXICO
There’s a blog item going around these days that’s getting a lot of attention from Democrats because it says that despite last month’s embarrassment at the national polls, all may not be lost. You read that right: Not lost. Matter of fact, it says the future is very bright for Dems, and very, very, very dark for Republicans. For them, says Chris Ladd, the election was a “prelude to disaster.”