Category Archives: Colorado

When the governed stop consenting

(Denver Post, July 14) The recall elections pending for two state senators and the movement for ten rural counties to secede from Colorado, along with the chaos in Egypt, got me to thinking about political legitimacy.

No, it’s not a topic trending on Twitter right now. Stop 20 people on the street, and 19 of them couldn’t define it Continue reading

Hickenlooper: the governor that might have been

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 when liberal legislators ran amok on the lunatic fringe. Continue reading

Head On TV: Obama Messiah is no more

A leftist agenda playing loose with the law has cost Obama his messianic aura, says John Andrews in the May round of Head On TV debates. Susan Barnes-Gelt disagrees, blaming the welter of scandals on arrogance at the top and incompetence of underlings. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over immigration, school taxes, recall of legislators, and Hickenlooper’s record. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997 and a presentation of Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for May: Continue reading

Hard left: Legislators shaping a different Colorado

(Denver Post, Apr. 28) Watch closely as the legislature enters its final ten days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game–changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good.

Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican–led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties. Continue reading

Can Colorado GOP avoid permanent minority status?

Editor: Cliff Dodge, a former state senator from Denver and now president of the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club, wrote this shortly before the 2012 election. It has only become more relevant since then.

Being a mere mortal, I cannot see or predict the future. Several religious sects and their leaders have tried to predict the end of civilization and life as we know it, but to no avail. On December 21st, 2011 it was predicted the world would end. Continue reading

Democrats keep sticking it to rural Colorado

(Centennial Fellow) Now that they have regained total control of the State Capitol, Democrat leaders in the legislature just cannot resist kicking rural Colorado every time they get a chance.

It was necessary, they told us, for rural Coloradans—and gun owners everywhere—to compromise our lifestyle and our freedom as part of their irrational quest to make us safer by passing laws that will continue to be ignored by cold–blooded killers like James Holmes, Adam Lanza and the Boston bombers. Continue reading

Head On TV: Legislature veers hard left

Colorado is not better off as the legislative session wraps up with Democrats having pushed through a hard–left agenda, says John Andrews in the April round of Head On TV debates. Susan Barnes–Gelt disagrees, lauding the session as enlightened and pragmatic. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over gun control, illegal immigration, lapses by law enforcement, and a sweetheart land deal in local government. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for April: Continue reading

Poll: Same–sex marriage gaining among Coloradans

(Centennial Fellow) Over 55% of Colorado adults support the concept of same sex marriage according to a new survey conducted by SmartVoice, Inc. The survey was conducted after Colorado governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado Senate Bill 11 into law on March 21, 2013 permitting same sex civil unions.

The views about same sex marriage within the adult population in Colorado have changed considerably in the recent past. Proponents of same sex marriage in Colorado, although emboldened with changing popular opinion and a new civil unions law, still face a state constitutional provision that prohibits same sex marriage in Colorado. Continue reading

Colo. voucher ruling vindicates Constitution

(‘76 Contributor) In a huge victory for school choice, the Colorado Court of Appeals last month overturned the injunction placed on the Douglas County Choice Scholarship Program (CSP).

The CSP is Colorado’s only school–choice voucher program. Any student who lives within the Douglas County School District, and has resided there for at least one year, is eligible to apply to receive up to 75 percent of the state per–pupil funding to attend a school of choice. If there are more applicants than scholarships, a lottery is held to award the vouchers. Parents may also pay out of pocket to supplement the voucher coverage. Continue reading