MILLER: TERM-LIMITS, CAUCUS SYSTEM IN NEED OF REPAIR, SAYS PANEL
Jim Griesemer, former Aurora City Manager, who now serves as Director of the University of Denver’s, Strategic Issues Program recently launched another of his panels examining the workings of Colorado government and politics. This year the focus is legislative accountability, including an exploration of who gets elected. The Strategic Issues Program uses a non-partisan, consensus-based process for developing its recommendations.
HUDSON: A TRAVELING CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN
Two weeks ago Los Angeles celebrity attorney Gloria Allred brought the traveling press conference that provides muscle to her law practice into the basement of Denver’s Crawford Hotel at Union Station. Any doubt that Americans live in a fame-obsessed culture was erased by 10 video cameras squeezed into a tiny meeting room. Allred’s website declares she is the “most famous woman attorney practicing law in the nation today.” Critics argue she more accurately operates a reparations racket, rather than a law office, shaking down the bad boys of Hollywood.
HUDSON: THE GOVERNOR’S SECOND INAUGURATION
Colorado’s inauguration day was a crisp winter morning this year. As John Hickenlooper took his oath of office, it was hard not to marvel at the fact that when his second term concludes in January of 2019, Democrats will have filled the Governor’s chair for 36 of the past 44 years. Starting in 1974 with Dick Lamm, who served three terms, then followed by another three terms under Roy Romer, a bright red electorate kept returning Democrats to the Governor’s mansion.
HUDSON: GOVERNMENT DYSFUNCTION PREVAILS
George Gallup opened his polling firm 80 years ago in Princeton, New Jersey, successfully predicting Franklin Roosevelt’s re-election victory over Alf Landon in the 1936 presidential campaign. In following years his company began to offer marketing surveys, advertising advice and economic evaluations to American businesses.
HUDSON: SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS ISN’T EASY
At 3 p.m. on the Friday afternoon before the final weekend leading up to Christmas you couldn’t help but wonder how many Denver residents would be willing to show up for a discussion of race, justice and police brutality. The answer turned out to be that a lot of people found the time to fight traffic, parking and a balky, Internet reservation system to claim 150 seats at the Colorado History Museum.
HUDSON: FLASHBACK FROM THE 1970s
In the fall of 1970 when I returned to Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone in Washington, D.C., I found a much different company than the one I’d left three years earlier as I departed for the U.S. Navy and a once in a lifetime opportunity to help keep Southeast Asia safe for democracy. AT&T, the nation’s largest employer, had executed a nationwide consent decree with the Nixon administration’s EEOC during my absence.
Regional transportation system expected to double in size by ‘17
Transit aficionados and elected officials recently got a sneak peek at the commuter rail cars that will serve DIA, the Gold Line across Arvada, a Westminster spur and the North Metro Rail Line through Thornton, eventually reaching 162nd Avenue and I-25. Together with the light rail extension under construction between the Nine Mile station at Parker and I-225, which will serve the University of Colorado Hospital and Anschutz campus connecting to the East rail corridor at Peoria and I-70, Denver’s regional transit system will more than double its current size during 2016 and 2017.
HUDSON: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS NOT THE CULPRIT
Last month in Grand Junction the National Association of Manufacturers partnered with the National Federation of Independent Business to review a recent report produced by W. Mark Crain and Nicole V. Crain of Lafayette College, a husband and wife economic research team, who estimated the financial impacts of federal regulation on small firms.
Governor submitted budget before Election Day; TABOR refunds could be considered
Colorado law requires the Governor to issue an annual budget proposal each year on the first Monday in November. Since the six members of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee ultimately draft the state’s budget, it is often argued this can prove a wasted exercise. When the Governor’s party controls one or more of the legislative chambers, his or her budget proposal enjoys some chance of being considered. Otherwise, a Governor’s preferences can be and generally are ignored by the JBC.
The half-hour gubernatorial debate at the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s annual luncheon this week felt a little bit like speed dating. For those expecting a pair of fatigued boxers emerging from their corners for a late round exchange of body blows and clinches against the ropes, both candidates’ crisp, quick responses had to come as something of a surprise. A lengthy tennis match may better describe these Colorado combatants. Entering their fifth and final set, with Election Day fast approaching, Bob Beauprez and John Hickenlooper now anticipate eachother’s shots.