Equal pay for women, Democrat-style

By |May 6th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) Welcome to the latest skirmish on the fake war on women — it’s called the “wage gap.” According to the Census Bureau, the median earnings of women are only 77 cents of every dollar earned by men. How insulting. How unfair. Don’t despair, though, because President Obama has signed two executive orders banning the scourge of gender inequality from the land. Whew. Who could argue with that moral trumpet call — equal pay for equal work? […]

Caucus night: Arapahoe slow

By |March 5th, 2014|

(’76 Editor) Neighborhood grassroots politics, America at its best, was in full swing Tuesday night as Republicans and Democrats in Colorado held precinct caucuses. However my Arapahoe County precinct in Centennial near DTC had just 17 voters […]

Fracking and the Urban-Rural Conflict

By |February 14th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) President Barack Obama has promised to make economic inequality the central issue in congressional elections this year. Similarly, urban-centric activists in Colorado have launched […]

Marijuana risks largely ignored by Denver Post

By |January 22nd, 2014|

(’76 Contributor) As recreational marijuana sales became legal in Colorado during the first two weeks of 2014, I tracked all Denver Post articles […]

Go west young druggie

By |January 20th, 2014|

I live in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and I am high, but wait. I mean that my house is 8,000 feet above sea level, not that I am giddily under the influence of marijuana legally purchased as a result of a historic development that could someday cause a teenager to think his TV is sending him secret messages. […]

Weld County: ground zero in the anti-fracking battle

By |December 17th, 2013|

In the last election, four Colorado cities voted to ban hydraulic fracking: Boulder, Broomfield, Loveland, and Fort Collins. Anti-fracking proponents promise to take their campaign statewide. Self-described ‘fractivist’ Shawn Davis stated “This is not an anti-fracking fight anymore, it’s a civil rights movement. Our civil rights to safety and protection have been taken away from us.” Davis represents organizations like Sierra Club, which oppose all fossil fuels, including natural gas. Anti-fracking bans have been enacted in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, and in 400 cities around the country. […]

Voters saw through Amendment 66

By |November 25th, 2013|

The crushing defeat of Amendment 66 was a seismic event in Colorado politics that will also reverberate nationally. By virtue of its size, audacity, and above all its setting, Amendment 66 was a potential template for those committed to growing government and redistributing wealth. As noted by 66 opponent Kelly Maher of Coloradans for Real Education Reform Colorado, Amendment 66 could answer a question long-posed by liberal political strategists across the country: “How do you sell a massive tax increase?” […]

A little "momentum" is a dangerous thing

By |November 13th, 2013|

For once my constant state of overwork was useful, in that my analysis of last week’s election defeat of Amendment 66 now appears after the euphoria has worn off. […]

Unsure about how to vote on marijuana tax? Me too

By |October 20th, 2013|

Proposition AA on Colorado’s Nov. 5 ballot would levy recreational marijuana with a 15% excise tax at the wholesale level and a 10% sales surtax (above the existing 2.9%) at the retail level. Unsure of how to vote on the measure, I surveyed three conservative members of the state House and Senate. […]

Do elections matter? Ask Coloradans

By |October 17th, 2013|

For this month’s Issue Monday on Oct. 14, Centennial Institute hosted a mixed panel to discuss current issues in Colorado, addressed through the larger lenses of policy and public attitude. […]