CLARK, ISENBERG, KORTZ: RULING REINSTATES FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
Recently, a Denver District judge issued a preliminary injunction finding Amendment 54 — which restricts political speech by tens of thousands of Coloradans — unconstitutional. The order came in response to a group of plaintiffs who represent Colorado businesses, organized labor, nonprofits and such notable community leaders as Dan Ritchie, who said the new law was overly broad and vague and that it violated the rights of free speech and association guaranteed under the First Amendment.
MARTIN: IT'S A 'NEW' GENERATION'S TURN
As we approach this Fourth of July holiday, I once again remember the book by former NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw, “The Greatest Generation.”
I have to ask myself when did the word greatest become greediest. Some time, I guess, since the early 1950s, when I was born. The robber barons of the early 1900s now look like saints.
SMITH: CROSSING THE MEXICAN BORDER
Palomas, Mexico — “You better wear your bulletproof vest,” Arlin says when I tell him that I’m going to cross the border to Palomas, Mexico. It’s 8:30 a.m., and we’re sitting in the Patio Café in Columbus, New Mexico, the tiny town that Pancho Villa raided on March 9, 1916. Arlin and his wife live in the Columbus area and are describing their concerns about what’s happening here along the border. Drug traffickers buying houses on the U.S. side. A recent shootout in which they claim an AK-47 was used. A small local police department in turmoil with the mayor having fired six police chiefs in the past two years.
HERN: MY FRIEND IS GONE
Editor’s Note: Dr. Warren Hern delivered the following address at Temple Emmanuel in Denver on June 11 at the invitation of Rabbi Steven Foster, Betty Serotta and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
George Tiller, my friend and medical colleague for over 30 years, is dead of an assassin’s bullet. George was shot at point-blank range with a handgun in the foyer of his Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. He was acting as an usher for the congregation at the time. The church service had started, his wife was in the choir, and George was welcoming his fellow worshipers to the service.
The last time I was in that church with George was at his daughter’s wedding.
MARTIN: IMAGINE THE PENTAGON PAPERS ON TWITTER
One of the unintended consequences of the closing of 1,900 or so Chrysler and GM dealerships is yet another blow to the newspaper industry. Car dealers have always bought lots of ad space, and those dollars pay for reporters who cover city councils as well as county, state and federal governments — and do their best to keep them honest.
HILLMAN: COULD $13 MILLION TO OBAMA FROM UAW TIP SCALES?
President Barack Obama claims to “have no interest” in running General Motors. He does so with a straight face — and the same monotonous cadence that he employs whether condemning North Korea for nuclear explosions or joking with Jay Leno. But his actions, as well as his words, betray him.
JULANDER: COMPLEX FORMULAS PRONE TO PORK
Colorado’s city of Boulder was the first municipality in the nation to levy a so-called carbon tax for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to address climate change. Now the rest of the nation needs to follow its example.
SMITH: LEGISLATIVE VETERANS WELCOME JOE SHOEMAKER'S NEW BRIDE
Morgan. I want you to come to Denver for a wedding on May 16.”
I immediately recognize Joe Shoemaker’s raspy voice.
“Whose wedding?” I ask.
DURAN: PROMISES MADE, PROMISES BROKEN
As a fifth-generation Coloradan and someone who saw promise in citizen Bill Ritter when I attended law school with him, I can tell you that today is a sad day in Colorado history. Gov. Bill Ritter has proven he cannot be trusted.
MARTIN: SPECTER'S SWITCH IS PERFECT EXAMPLE
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, of Pennsylvania, did more than simply change his party affiliation recently. By leaving the GOP to become a Democrat, he shifted control of the Senate. But he also did something more far-reaching, perhaps firing the final shot in a new moderate revolution in American politics.
Even Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, slammed the right wing of his party for pushing moderates out.