Guest Columns

STEPHENS: WAR ON WOMEN STRATEGY WON’T WORK THIS TIME

Sen. Udall: Women are not one-issue voters

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

How Congressman Jared Polis and Food and Water Watch sold out Colorado

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

Gambling at Arapahoe Park racetrack is not a winning solution for education

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

Export-Import Bank is vital, necessary for continued growth and prosperity

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

Mental health issues at the state capitol: we’re working together to improve lives

Contributing Columnist

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

Livestock security is of highest concern

GUEST COLUMNIST

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

WASDEN: WASHINGTON HAS FAILED TO LEAD ON THIS ISSUE

Enforcement of current laws is the centerpiece to any immigration reform

GUEST COLUMNIST

America is a nation built of immigrants and governed by the rule of law. But currently, our broken immigration system is completely failing at enforcing our existing laws, at securing our nation’s borders, and at providing a usable guest worker program that meets the needs of American businesses. Reform is long overdue! We need to enact an immigration solution that will strengthen our borders and national security, while getting the skilled and necessary workforce to the very companies that want to grow their businesses and stay competitive in a growing global economy.

WOODARD & UPDIKE: A CONSISTENT DEFINITION OF ‘DRUG ENDANGERED CHILD’ BENEFITS KIDS

Protect all of us from dangers of child abuse

Contributing Columnists

There are numerous stories of drug endangered children available in the media today – children involved in sex trafficking rings being traded for drugs, parents drinking too much alcohol or taking too much medication and accidentally suffocating their children while co-sleeping, children eating their parent’s marijuana edibles and being taken to the emergency rooms, hash oil labs exploding, and on and on. The stories are numerous and tragic.

SOVINE-MILLER: WELL-INTENTIONED REFORMS DE-STABILIZE MARKET

Let’s give the private health insurance marketplace a chance — ACA isn’t the answer

GUEST COLUMNIST

Since the rollout of the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, failed technology, glitches and uncertainty have plagued the Obama administration. In Congress, both sides of the aisle are engaging in political theatrics around the Affordable Care Act. Currently the administration has authorized 19 delays, amendments and repeals to the law. There are a number of state and congressional measures moving forward right now that would have wide-reaching ramifications in the marketplace.

HOYT: STUDENT SUCCESS IS A BIPARTISAN PRIORITY

HB 1292 ensures financial transparency along with financial investments

GUEST COLUMNIST

As the state’s economy rebounds, Colorado’s lawmakers have the opportunity to devote more money to education this year — a welcome change after years of cuts. With this infusion of new money comes an intense debate about how the additional resources can best serve Colorado’s students.

Some groups want the new money allocated to school districts via the current funding system and without strings. Other groups want to see these resources targeted to fund specific improvements — things that can be measured and have demonstrated a positive impact on student achievement.