Opinion

Guest Commentary: Now is the time for reform in Jefferson County

April 28, 2014
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Dustin Zvonek is the Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

Dustin Zvonek is the Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

Jefferson County voters said “yes” to change last fall when they elected a reform-minded group to the school board. It was an exciting and hopeful moment for the county and school district.

While it’s only natural that new board members would take a few months to get acclimated to their new jobs before plunging in, it’s also important for board members to begin taking action on the mandate voters gave them – and to strike while the iron is hot.

Controversy is almost inevitable when you attempt to alter the culture of a major institution — especially one as mired in bureaucratic inertia as the government-run public education system.

We’ve already seen a preview of knee-jerk opposition from the old guard, as many of those comfortable with the old system have begun to register protest and, in some cases, depart. Read more »

Opinion: Daddy Gunbucks Sets Sights on New Ban

April 23, 2014
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has likened himself to Eddie Money and the metaphor is pretty much dead on.

Money famously had “Two Tickets to Paradise,” while Bloomberg is spending big bucks on an anti-gun crusade to earn his own ticket.

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in,” Bloomberg told the New York Times. “I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

There’s something about a rich man, heaven and the eye of a needle that comes to mind here, but first, one other thought.

Thanks, Mike. Read more »

Our View: Sen. Udall has Female Troubles

April 15, 2014
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Sen. Mark Udall can hardly be accused of a war on women.

He touches all the politically correct bases, to be sure.

Udall is big on abortion rights, even though roughly half of those aborted are future women.

He’s a reliable and politically motivated voice for women’s equality in the home, hospital, and the workplace. No one wails louder about paycheck equality than Mark Udall.

So it came as some surprise when recent reports revealed that Udall paid women on his staff 82 percent of what he pays the men who work for him.

Could it be that politics is driving the noise, not principle?

Interestingly, the man who seems to be the most devoted to keeping Udall in office is his Senate buddy, Michael Bennet. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Double Down and Defend TABOR

April 2, 2014
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Dustin Zvonek

Dustin Zvonek

There’s good news and bad news for Coloradans as the annual state budget battle looms.

The good news, if you tend to focus on the revenue side of the ledger, is that the state is relatively flush with cash at the moment.

This helps explain the extra spring in the step one notices in legislators, lobbyists and special interests swarming the capitol, as they imagine all the wonderful things they can do with that windfall.

But this can also be bad news if you tend (as I do) to take the taxpayer’s point of view, since the resulting feeding frenzy could leave little thought to socking-away savings or returning a dividend to taxpayers as required by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Common Core Won’t Improve Educational Outcomes

March 12, 2014
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Michael Fields

Michael Fields

After the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, you would think that state legislatures would gladly stand up against any kind of perceived takeover by the federal government.

In Colorado, however, this has not been the case. Last month, Colorado Democrats shot down a proposal to delay the implementation of common core standards for a year.

This was a clear example of how liberals in Washington D.C. are constantly reaching for more and more control over states and localities – and the Democrats in Colorado keep rolling out the red carpet for them.

In order to encourage the implementation of common core, the federal government used its usual playbook – dangling money out there for the states to use (don’t forget about our $17 trillion national debt). States were looked upon more favorably for “Race to the Top” funds if they decided to adopt common core standards. Read more »

Our Veterans Deserve Better from the VA

Rep. Mike Coffman

Rep. Mike Coffman

It is time for the federal government to fulfill its promise to our nation’s veterans and get our VA hospitals built, on time and without excessive and avoidable cost overruns.

That’s why we are pushing bipartisan legislation to reform a broken bureaucratic system that has been harming our nation’s veterans and wasting precious taxpayer resources.

As a Republican from Colorado and a Democrat from Arizona, we stand united in our desire to see the Aurora VA hospital and others around the country are completed. To do that, we need serious reform of how the VA manages the construction process.

Last year, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations (O&I) held a hearing entitled “VA Construction Policy: Failed Plans Result in Plans That Fail.” Additionally, the full House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) held a hearing on “Confronting Persistent Challenges in VA Major Construction and Lease Programs.”

The take-away from these hearings, which is self-evident from the titles, is that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) struggles significantly with construction of healthcare facilities. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Lawless Local Election Bill Moving Fast

January 28, 2014
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“No citizen should tolerate this assault on the election system”

MARKS: “No citizen should tolerate this assault on the election system”

Right out of last year’s HB1303 “voters be damned” playbook, on Monday, a party-line vote in the House State Affairs Committee rushed forward the bill to eliminate residency requirements in local elections. The bill also abolishes criminal penalties for tampering with the registration rolls or registering with fictitious names for such elections.  Read more »

Guest Commentary: Promoting Lawless Local Elections

January 27, 2014
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MARKS: Will Democratic lawmakers take the first legislative step Monday, January 27, to decriminalize election fraud and openly promote lawless local elections? (CapitolCity Blog Image)

MARKS: Will Democratic lawmakers take the first legislative step to decriminalize election fraud? (CapitolCity Blog Image)

Will Democratic lawmakers take the first legislative step Monday, January 27, to decriminalize election fraud and openly promote lawless local elections? Set for a likely partisan vote in House State Affairs is a bill so outrageous that it deserves national media attention and most certainly the urgent attention of voters. Those voters should demand that this bill be sent to the trash heap. HB14-1164, addressing local elections, does not merit the euphemistic “PI’d” –(postponed indefinitely.) Read more »

Guest Commentary: Colorado Should Take A Closer Look at Common Core

January 23, 2014
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ZVONEK: Common Core unnecessarily invites Washington into matters that state and local governments can handle themselves

ZVONEK: Common Core unnecessarily invites Washington into matters that state and local governments can handle themselves

In politics, as in life, there’s no shame in admitting that a decision made in haste or passion turned out, upon deeper reflection, to have been a mistake. That’s why Americans for Prosperity is hoping Colorado will take a time-out, for a careful second look, before plunging ahead with the latest federal education fad called Common Core. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Udall Wrong to Pressure State Officials on Obamacare

January 17, 2014
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HILL: Colorado families now know the costly reality of Obamacare is far different than what we were promised

HILL: Colorado families now know the costly reality of Obamacare is far different than what we were promised

We all know that numbers don’t lie.  But US Senator Mark Udall’s corrupt use of them is a lie.  Last week, government emails and statements were released showing that Udall ordered his tax-payer funded staff to pressure the Colorado Division of Insurance officials into lowering their verified count of 250,000 cancelled healthcare policies in Colorado because of the negative impact of Obamacare.  Udall attempted to fudge the numbers to hide the fact that the healthcare reform bill is proving to be an epic disaster. Read more »

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