Jerry Kopel

KOPEL: WOMEN FINALLY GET A BREAK

Mortality tables need to be changed in Colorado

Colorado’s “mortality” or “life expectancy” tables in CRS 13-25-102 and 103 are a dozen years out of place (use of life expectancy as of 1998).

KOPEL: REMEMBRANCES OF A FINE COLLEAGUE

Former Rep. John Davoren was a hard worker with a soft side

John B. Davoren Jr. loved a good story, as should any retired journalist.

John, a Democratic political moderate died at age 84 on Nov. 2, 2010 while the national Democrats suffered their biggest election losses in many decades.

KOPEL: SNAFU IN COLORADO

Blunder in 1876 gave Dems an easy victory

Mark Oct. 3 on your calendar. That’s the date 134 years ago when voters in Colorado went to the polls for the first general election as a state. They began the election with a big error.

KOPEL: LOCAL PRODUCTION IS AN EGG-CEPTIONAL IDEA

Colorado officials scramble to make sure egg industry is regulated

By Jerry Kopel
LEGISLATIVE COLUMNIST

Colorado legislators were modernizing laws in 2009 protecting quality in eggs by keeping them at the right temperature.

KOPEL: GOCO 18 YEARS LATER

What’s the best time to fix GOCO errors??Answer: Before someone abuses them

When is the best time to revise a successful law? When it is framed in language that would entice some future appointee to seek to abuse the law. That is where the Great Outdoors Colorado Program sits. 

KOPEL: DOCTOR SHORTAGE HITS HOME

Nurses, PAs could augment primary care for the medically underserved in Colorado

There are now nearly a MILLION of them.

A million what or who? Active physicians in the United States.

KOPEL: DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN STATS

Much in politics can be explained by numbers

It only happened once in the combination of 19th and 20th Century Colorado. What? A legislature controlled by Democrats in the House and Senate with a Republican as governor.

From 1901 through 2010, Democrats have controlled both the House and Senate 14 times (28 years) and in 13 of the 14, there was a Democratic governor. Only in 2005-06 did the opposite happen, a Democrat House and Senate and two years of Gov. Bill Owens’ eight years in that office.

KOPEL: POLITICAL POTPOURRI

Highlighting rules, regulations and repeals

A mélange of subjects, from the “Rule of 78” on credit insurance, Sunrise on medical marijuana dispensaries, to ghost committees.

KOPEL: PLAYING THE NUMBERS

Colorado overtakes Maryland as the state with 22nd most state prisoners

Maryland won the battle and Colorado lost.

KOPEL: WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Lady Luck plays her hand with the lottery

Do you really believe your future lottery “luck” is just a matter of chance?