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ObamaCare chains more of U.S. to government dole

March 4th, 2014 · Comments Off

What sets Americans apart from people in so many other countries is that we actually like working.  No, every job isn’t fun, but Americans understand the dignity that comes with work.  We achieve a sense of self-reliance by producing something worthwhile, creatively using our unique talents, and providing security and opportunity for ourselves and our [...]

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What ObamaCare means for rural Colorado

September 29th, 2013 · Comments Off

Whether by design or coincidence, rural residents can expect to take it in the pocketbook as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) takes effect over the next 15 months. Insurance exchanges, for those wanting to buy insurance, open on October 1 of this year.  In 2014, everyone is required to buy “qualified” [...]

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Hickenlooper: the governor that might have been

June 6th, 2013 · Comments Off

John Hickenlooper had a chance to bring a breath of fresh air to the governor’s office. Imminently likable and with a charmed political career, he could have been the rare maverick moderate Democrat – strong enough and bold enough to be a governor for all Colorado.  He could have been the adult in the room [...]

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Republicans are right to draw line on taxes

March 14th, 2013 · Comments Off

The culture of Washington is one of compromise.  Go along.  Get along.  Get something done – good, bad or otherwise. Sometimes compromise is necessary.  When the levers of power are divided, reality dictates two choices: live with the status quo or do some “horse trading” in order to make changes that are marginally better. When [...]

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2012 Ballot Recommendations

October 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

As many have requested my recommendations regarding amendments and judges on the 2012 Colorado General Election ballot, I am posting them for readers’ information. Amendment S – State Personnel System Recommendation: YES Explanation: Makes modest changes to the state personnel system (written into the constitution in 1918) in order to give the Governor greater flexibility [...]

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Obama on business: ignorance or arrogance

July 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

What’s more frustrating about President Obama – his ignorance of how difficult it is to make a profit in business or his arrogance that there’s so little he doesn’t know? Here’s a man with less business experience than a third-grader with a lemonade stand and who has said that during his one, brief private-sector job [...]

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ObamaCare ruling is a mess with a message

July 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off

For anyone who naively thought the Supreme Court would render a clean and tidy decision on ObamaCare, Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority-of-one opinion should be instructive. Rarely does the high court render an opinion that draws bright lines by simply applying the constitution as written. More often, the court’s opinion is sufficiently muddled that a [...]

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Santorum’s Surprise

February 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

Editor’s Note: My recent Capitol Review contained an old headline, but new text. Nice guys don’t always finish last.  Sometimes they win three states in a single day. Rick Santorum’s improbable hat trick — sweeping Republican presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado — provided yet another surprise in a wildly unpredictable nominating process.  It [...]

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Health care takes bite out of education funds

January 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

Budgeting is about setting priorities. In most states, K-12 education is the top priority and receives the lion’s share of funding.  Yet across the country, states are grappling with a budget monster that pits education funding against federal health care mandates. In the last three years, total spending on K-12 education in Colorado has fallen [...]

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Rationality eludes judge in school lawsuit

January 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

When Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that the state will appeal a Denver court’s ruling that the state inadequately funds education, he acknowledged what Judge Sheila Rappaport — and previously the Colorado Supreme Court — would not: money is a finite resource, even when it’s spent on worthy causes and when it’s spent by government. The [...]

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