Guest Columns

HUDSON: SHOULD THE SECRETARY OF STATE BE PUNISHED?

Democrats: Is this really a matter of ethics?

Contributing Columnist

Was your civic conscience troubled when you learned that Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, attended an election law conference in order to compare notes with other Republican election lawyers in 2012? Was it particularly irksome to discover this meeting was piggybacked on the Republican National Convention scheduled in nearby Tampa, Florida? Were you further outraged to find out that Gessler dipped into his discretionary expense account in order to cover his travel expenses for appearing as a speaker at this partisan confab?

HUDSON: SHOULD THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE BE PUNISHED?

Republicans: Is this really a matter of ethics?

Contributing Columnist

Did it prick your civic conscience when you learned that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper hosted a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association in Aspen? Was it particularly galling to find out this meeting was primarily a subterfuge to assemble Democratic governors for a high-dollar fundraiser with the Aspen glitterati? And, did it further chafe that raw spot beneath your saddle when you discovered the Governor and several of his staff received free meals, free rooms and free stuff?

HUDSON: COLORADO’S FIRST COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE

Reining in the federal government through a Constitutional Convention of the States

Contributing Columnist

“On the application of the Legislatures of
two-thirds of the several states, (Congress) shall call
a convention for proposing amendments.” Article V

SOVINE-MILLER: WELL-INTENTIONED REFORMS DE-STABILIZE MARKET

Let’s give the private health insurance marketplace a chance — ACA isn’t the answer

GUEST COLUMNIST

Since the rollout of the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, failed technology, glitches and uncertainty have plagued the Obama administration. In Congress, both sides of the aisle are engaging in political theatrics around the Affordable Care Act. Currently the administration has authorized 19 delays, amendments and repeals to the law. There are a number of state and congressional measures moving forward right now that would have wide-reaching ramifications in the marketplace.

HOYT: STUDENT SUCCESS IS A BIPARTISAN PRIORITY

HB 1292 ensures financial transparency along with financial investments

GUEST COLUMNIST

As the state’s economy rebounds, Colorado’s lawmakers have the opportunity to devote more money to education this year — a welcome change after years of cuts. With this infusion of new money comes an intense debate about how the additional resources can best serve Colorado’s students.

Some groups want the new money allocated to school districts via the current funding system and without strings. Other groups want to see these resources targeted to fund specific improvements — things that can be measured and have demonstrated a positive impact on student achievement.

SMITH: ‘INVEST IN SOMETHING GREATER THAN YOURSELF’

Three little Colorado non-profits build personal, political relationships with Mexico

GUEST COLUMNIST

Now that preparations are beginning for Governor John Hickenlooper’s June trip to Mexico, it’s worth looking at the importance of building relationships there — relationships with your business partners if you’re a company but also relationships with other countries or regions if you’re a state like Colorado. Colorado has worked hard on this with Mexico, its second largest export market, and has had strong leadership from the Governor. There are three little-known Colorado non-profits, however, that have been critical to this relationship for more than two decades.

HUDSON: FLIPPING THE LID ON PANDORA’S BOX

Judge grants Preliminary Injunction in case involving mental health services

The Colardo Statesman

Denver District Court Judge Hub Stern granted the Preliminary Injunction requested by Crisis Access on Friday, Feb. 28. His injunction prevents the Colorado Department of Human Services from proceeding with the re-bidding of its original solicitation for a vendor that would provide statewide emergency services to individuals experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis.

DELGROSSO: COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS SERVE THE STATE

Legislature’s commitment to expand crisis intervention services will hopefully proceed

GUEST COLUMNIST

As the experts in providing integrated behavioral health services to the people of Colorado, the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) has advocated for many years to expand funding for much-needed mental health and substance abuse care and treatment. The 28 independent private organizations which are our members know first-hand the importance of these services and the consequences of funding gaps and shortages.

SMITH: COLORADANS COULD PLAY ROLE IN HIS PROSECUTION

The recent capture of Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo was muy importante

The Colorado Statesman

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Mexican officials with help from various U.S. law enforcement agencies captured the notorious leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. In what seems like a tremendous coup, it took place without a shot being fired. Even though there are questions like — “Was this too easy?” or “Will the decapitation of drug cartels only lead to more violence as underlings fight to take the place of the captured leader?” or “Is this just the Mexican government deciding not to continue protecting Chapo?” — I believe that it’s an important accomplishment.

HUDSON: $19 MILLION IN ANNUAL SERVICES AT STAKE

A crisis of major magnitude as mental health services are delayed over legal wrangling

The Colardo Statesman

Gravel-voiced Illinois Republican Everett Dirksen, the long-serving U.S. Senate Minority Leader, observed a half century ago that, “…a billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” God only knows what he would have to say about today’s trillion dollar federal budgets. In Colorado, by contrast, it appears $100 million is enough money to fill a courtroom with a dozen $400-an-hour attorneys.