BAILEY: FIGHTING OR ENABLING CORRUPTION?
By Stephen Bailey
MoveOn.org’s “Fight Washington Corruption” pledge will enable that which it purports to fight. Not only does it fail to attack the source of corruption, the planks of the pledge, if enacted, will increase the opportunities and incentives to corrupt. To understand why, we need to explore the planks of the pledge.
HORNADAY: POLITICS AS USUAL
By Alexander Hornaday
I am absolutely disgusted. I am disgusted that my country is run by an administration content, even eager, to play politics instead of address the real issues of the day. I am, however, even more disgusted, and not a little bit betrayed, that I belong to a counter–movement happy to do the same thing.
By Aaron Harber
This political season certainly is different than any in recent memory, although some similarities come to mind. One comparison can be made between (1) the severe wounding of the Scott McInnis campaign and (2) the fatal implosion of the Bob Beauprez campaign when the candidate made a series of bad decisions which ultimate culminated in the election of then relatively unknown Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter as Governor.
HILLMAN: FOURTH OF JULY INSPIRATION
By Mark Hillman
As we observe the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we should consider the unique form of government for which our Founding Fathers chose to risk “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” against the militarily-superior British.
CML: MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS CONCERNED ABOUT 60, 61, 101
A session focusing on the municipal finance impacts of the statewide ballot initiatives that will be before Colorado voters in November took place during the Colorado Municipal League’s (CML) annual conference in June.
These three ballot questions place cities and towns at a financial crossroads. Proposition 101, Amendment 60, and Amendment 61 combine to slash municipal tax and fee revenue and impose restraints that will make financing of public facilities difficult and expensive.
HASAN: SENATE CANDIDATE NORTON APPEARS SENSELESS OR RACIST
Nothing has hurt the GOP more than Republican candidates who appear senseless or racist — Jane Norton, candidate for the U.S. Senate, has managed to appear as both.
SMITH: REMEMBRANCES OF ANOTHER TRAGIC OIL SPILL
Looking at the coverage of the Gulf oil spill makes me think back to November 13, 2002 when the hull of the oil tanker, Prestige, cracked off the northwestern coast of Spain.
DAVOREN: ROLE OF UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CANNOT BE DISCOUNTED
Phil Goodstein. The Ghosts of University Park, Platt Park, and Beyond. Denver: New Social
By Pat Waak
In the midst of the 2010 campaign season, it is good to reflect on what we learned in 2008. Unprecedented in the history of Colorado, we mounted one of the largest coordinated campaigns that brought out not only a coalition of voters on behalf of Democrats, but also 432,000 first-time voters.
By Dick Wadhams
This headline is not mine. It appeared on the front page of the New York Times on Sunday, May 9, 2010. But this wasn’t the first news story in the last several months to chronicle Colorado voters rejecting the failed agenda of Barack Obama, Bill Ritter, John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet: