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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Markey earns A+ rating from Pinon Canyon Expansion

Markey earns A+ rating from Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition

LAMAR—Betsy Markey has earned a perfect score from the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition Coalition for her efforts to stop the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in Southeast Colorado. The Coalition wrote, PCEOC has given Betsy Markey an A+ rating for her efforts to stop the Pinon Canyon expansion. She is a candidate that has put her congressional votes and legislative efforts where her mouth is to keep Pinon Canyon from expanding. Betsy Markey co-sponsored and pushed for ... Full Story

The Con

The Con

Dear Friends and Neighbors: Far be it from me to criticize people who want to start a new party to address concerns in our political system. As far as I am concerned, both major parties are too dependent on big money. They have both abandoned basic respect for others in their campaigning. They both have abandoned logic and reason in favor of emotional appeals. They both act as if they hate the other side. What I can’t understand is why the Tea Party should end up supporting the less ... Full Story

Getting to the bottom of 60, 61 and 101

Getting to the bottom of 60, 61 and 101

By Mark Hillman The debate over ballot measures 60, 61 and 101 has been anything but illuminating.  According to the propaganda, voters should: • Vote yes to punish government at all levels for more than $1 billion in higher taxes and fees enacted without a vote of the people by Gov. Ritter and statehouse Democrats. • Or vote no because "The Ugly 3" will trigger a "voter-approved recession" and put thousands of people out of work. Frankly, both of those arguments are overwrought.  ... Full Story

Seeking One Principled Person from Each Side of the

By Kathleen Rogers and Antonio Gonzalez On September 17, 1787, a group of visionaries and leaders signed our Constitution. They were intent on creating a functioning government based on universal truths and extraordinary principles in an environment complicated by disparate regional economies and wildly divergent parochial interests. Back then, differing proposals for the shape of our government divided our country into two camps, but the necessity to address the need for a common defense and ... Full Story

Shameless Exploitation

Shameless Exploitation

Dear Friends and Neighbors: Linda Petrie Bunch’s granddaughter, Mila, and my granddaughter, Aubrielle, star in the below video.  Aubrielle is on the left in the striped dress, and Mila is on the right.  As you can see, we have shamelessly exploited these children for political purposes.  Please let me know what you think.  Don’t forget to come back and read the rest of this email when you are done.  Please forward the video around.  I think it might catch ... Full Story

A Fact, Any Fact

A Fact, Any Fact

Dear Friends and Neighbors: I woke up this morning with a hypothetical conversation between me and a voter going through my head. Gordon: You know the people elect the University of Colorado Regents. I’m thinking it might be better if they are appointed by the Governor. Voter: No. Why would I want to give up my right to elect the Regents? Gordon: Okay, tell me one fact about either of the two candidates for CU Regent at-large. Voter: A fact? Gordon: Yeah a fact, any fact, like their name, ... Full Story

Editorial:The Brothers Koch and AB 32

Editorial:The Brothers Koch and AB 32

Editorial September 20, 2010 The Brothers Koch and AB 32 Four years ago, bipartisan majorities in the California Legislature approved a landmark clean energy bill ... Now a well-financed coalition of right-wing ideologues, out-of-state oil and gas companies and climate-change skeptics is seeking to effectively kill that law ....

Super PACs’ multiply to sway election

Super PACs’ multiply to sway election

The Supreme Court's ruling to strike down limits on corporate campaign spending fuels a surge in election money Dear Friends and Neighbors: From Ken Gordon Those are the September 9 Bloomberg Business Week headlines. The case that they are referring to is Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, which says that corporations and unions have free speech rights. And since the Supreme Court in an earlier decision, Buckley v. Valeo, said that money is speech, we now, courtesy of five ... Full Story

New Pioneers

New Pioneers

By Sarah van Gelder For the American Forum Americans are facing a troubling reality. The economic recovery they were promised has not materialized. There’s growing talk about a “new normal”—a new way of life to take us through a long period of failed recoveries. There are, indeed, good reasons to believe we won’t go back to the old ways. But this new normal doesn’t have to be a time of chaos and decline. Instead, many Americans are building stronger families and communities, ... Full Story

State Treasurer announces website achievement award

State Treasurer announces website achievement award

  STATE TREASURER CARY KENNEDY ANNOUNCES WEBSITE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Denver: Colorado State Treasurer Cary Kennedy today announced that Colorado Tax Tracks, a new feature on her state treasury website, has received an award for excellence. The Digital Government Achievement Awards, given by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government, cited Colorado Tax Tracks as a winner in its Government-to-Citizen State Government category. “Since I took office, our focus has been on making Colorado’s ... Full Story

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