HUDSON: VITAL BRICKS IN THE WALL OF COLORADO’S ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE
Denver residents no longer need to padlock their liquor cabinets and hide away their daughters when the Legislature arrives in town. The legal protection that Colorado voters learned about last session, when state Rep. Laura Bradford was released after a suspected DUI stop by Denver police officers, wasn’t established to forestall partisan kidnappings — it was authorized to insure quorums weren’t threatened by multiple incarcerations in the Denver County jail.
SMITH: IN THE COMPANY OF TWO GREAT WORLD LEADERS
“Let’s go talk to Margaret Thatcher,” my brother-in-law, Phelps Anderson said. He was the Republican National Committeeman for New Mexico and we were at the annual Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) dinner in London where both Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were to be the speakers. His father, Robert O. Anderson was the Chairman of ARCO; thus our invitation. It was the early ‘90s, both Reagan and Thatcher were out of office and, therefore, free to talk openly.
MEIS: NATURAL TREASURES LIE BENEATH THE GROUND AS WELL AS ABOVE
The natural beauty of Western Colorado is unique. It offers an unequaled experience for visitors and locals alike.
Another treasure lies beneath the surface of this diverse and rugged region. The natural resources of coal, oil shale, and natural gas, offer strength to the economic vitality of the area. Energy development in Mesa County, Colorado has the potential to enrich, stabilize, and diversify the regional economy in countless ways.
HUDSON: RUMMAGING THROUGH THE NATIONAL MEDICINE CABINET
The occasional bleating noises that have emerged from the offices of health care providers since the 2009 adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are about to swell into a full-throated chorus of high decibel wailings and lamentations. Within a few weeks insurors will be filing their premium schedules with state Insurance Commissions for the medical plans they are required to offer on health care exchanges. These insurors will no longer be allowed to exclude pre-existing conditions, establish annual or lifetime benefit limits, nor can they require co-pays for many preventive procedures.
TEEGARDEN: TIMES HAVEN’T CHANGED MUCH
The Colorado Statesman
Instead of a column this week, I wanted to share a quote I recently came across, penned by our greatest President at a relatively young age (30).
Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, right-wing, left-wing, or somewhere in between, you have no doubt heard an example of overly provocative political speech or writing which not only was in opposition to your own point of view, but was also overblown and dramatic.
HUDSON: INSIDE THE BELTWAY
“Suppose you were an idiot,
SMITH: LITTLE THINGS SOMETIMES MEAN A LOT
I was thrilled when Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary and, like many, skeptical about her promise to campaign for him. That all changed in Española, New Mexico on August 17, 2008.
WEBB: LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE…
Next month, the Denver Public School Board will decide on a replacement for Nate Easley Jr., a former board president who has served the Montbello, Green Valley Ranch and Stapleton neighborhoods since 2009.
Easley will step down from his seat in March to become the executive director of the Denver Scholarship Fund.
All Denver residents should be asking: What criteria will be used to pick his replacement? How transparent will the process be?
HOGAN & MAMET: STATE OF OUR CITIES AND TOWNS
It’s taken four years for the municipal revenue picture to turn around but 2012 ended with encouraging results — 47 percent of respondents to an annual Colorado Municipal League survey report increased revenue in 2012 over the previous year. Back in 2009, 46 percent reported a decline in revenue from the previous year. This encouraging news is contained in the 2013 CML State of our Cities and Towns Report — CML’s annual municipal health check-up. Revenue increases vary throughout the state.