McNULTY: By allowing early release loopholes to remain open, Democrats are gambling with public safety
There is no way to reconcile the murder of Colorado’s prison chief Tom Clements. A prison reformer who came to Colorado from Missouri, Mr. Clements pushed for prison programs aimed at helping inmates reintegrate into society — an important view and mission for anyone responsible for protecting the public from criminals and their harmful behavior. Read more »
This session will be remembered as one of the most contentious
The 2013 legislative session will go down as one of the most contentious and gaffe-prone in recent memory. Here are five moments that stand out in our minds as among the most memorable: Read more »
TIPTON: Small businesses across the nation are being impacted by high and unpredictable energy costs
Energy prices are a constant source of frustration and uncertainty for families and small businesses in my district, and in this tough economy, it’s the last thing they should have to worry about.
Last week a constituent, who owns a small carpentry business in Alamosa, called my office to tell me that gas prices are hurting his small business. Read more »
KERNS: The legislative agenda in Colorado has been punctuated by “the three G’s:” Guns, Green, and Ganja
The other morning I found myself humming the tune, “California, here I come… right back where I started from…” and I had to stop for a moment to chuckle at the irony.
While the song was written for a 1920s Broadway musical – nearly 100 years ago – it has never been so timely for this California-turned-Colorado girl. Read more »
McNULTY: Democrats have spent much of their time this year pursuing an ideological and extreme agenda
January 30th was the deadline for introduction of bills in the House of Representatives. There are always bills introduced after that date described in Capitol-ese as “late bills,” but never have I seen during my time in and around the legislature the types of bills introduced by Democrats so late in the session. Read more »
McNULTY: Democrats have excused or, worse, celebrated the repugnant behavior of their leaders instead of holding them accountable
Sexism. Elitism. Racism. Each of these repugnant “isms” has been displayed with shocking clarity by prominent Colorado Democrats over the last three weeks. And each time, Colorado Democrats have excused or, worse, celebrated the repugnant behavior of their leaders instead of holding the offenders responsible for their own words. Read more »
TIPTON: Sequestration will reduce federal spending by about 2.3 percent over the next seven months — about $1,150 less for every $50,000 the federal government plans to spend
Sequestration is here, leaving many uncertain about what’s next.
One of the major problems with the President’s sequester is not that it initiates a needed reduction in federal spending, but that its unwieldy nature casts a broad shadow of uncertainty with regard to how those spending cuts will be implemented. Read more »
OVERBECK: We know that virtually all of the recent mass shootings have taken place in a posted gun-free zone
Colorado Democratic legislators are passing a hail of new anti-gun laws that prevent the most vulnerable from defending themselves in places often targeted by rapists and mass killers. Read more »
WASHINGTON MATH: if an employer can’t afford to hire someone now at $7.25 an hour, how is he going to be able to hire someone at $9 an hour?
During his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for a significant increase in the minimum wage – from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. While that might sound like a swell idea, the reality is that a minimum wage hike will undermine the ability of small businesses to compete with big business, put upward pressure on the prices of goods and services, and harm the very entry level employees Mr. Obama and others say they want to help. Read more »
McNULTY: This is not a simple discussion about fundamental constitutional rights, it is also a question of how our state is viewed by job-creators
Colorado’s economic development push hit a heavy roadblock on Monday as Colorado Democrats continued their push to outlaw certain types of standard firearm accessories.
This is not a simple discussion about fundamental constitutional rights, it is also a question of how our state is viewed by job-creators. Read more »