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When I was a kid, one of my favorite games to play with friends was “War.”  Akin in some ways to cops and robbers, we would run around the neighborhood with toy guns and — gasp! — pretend to fire at each other.  We were far from the first kids to play with toy guns. None of […]

When he signed Senate Bill 19-181 into law, Gov. Jared Polis claimed the “oil and gas wars” were “over.”  Yet they really began that very day. Yesterday, Colorado Politics published a cover story on “new ground rules” being developed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) as it continues revamping Colorado’s regulatory makeup following the corrosive […]

Coauthored with Centennial Institute Fellow Samuel Lourie Aug. 13, 2020, marked the diplomatic climax of decades of back-channel dealings between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — and the making of history. President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed jointly announced the agreement to open bilateral relations […]

For months, Democrats have shouted that President Trump wants to “destroy the Post Office” and/or privatize it. Congressional Democrats first pushed for a USPS bailout in April; as Republicans and the Trump administration resisted, the Democrats started crying more about this supposed anti-USPS agenda. Now, as we get closer to November, they’ve ramped up these attacks.  Last […]

Today, Gov. Polis, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Secretary of State Jenna Griswold, Attorney General Phil Weiser and Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul López will hold a press conference about Colorado’s vote-by-mail (VBM) experience to “push back on President Trump’s false attacks against” mail-ballots.  It’s obviously a coincidence the event is being held on day one of the […]

Colorado’s Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has accomplished a lot, often in ways that don’t get much attention.  Aug. 4 marked two such achievements: one on environmental conservation and another on Olympics abuse reforms.  Both will have widescale impacts.  Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed Gardner’s Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) into law.  The Senate, in an effort led by […]

Portland and Seattle, meet Denver and Aurora.  For the sixth consecutive year, supporters of Colorado’s law enforcement gathered in Civic Center Park on the third Sunday in July for the permitted, Pro-Police Rally Colorado.  Unlike in past years, 2020’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Day event on July 19 was no family-friendly affair.  Rather, it was marred by violence and […]

As a proud product of Cherry Creek Schools, I was both pleased and relieved when I learned the school district plans to reopen schools for in-person learning.  As I read up on its plan for reopening schools, I thought they hit the right marks.  The district intends to reopen schools for in-person PreK-12 learning and will continue […]

Last week, the Colorado State Board of Education unanimously approved a measure enabling school districts to “choose their own way of determining if (high school) students are proficient in English and math, instead of using the 11 ways the state had approved.” Not only does it make sense to ensure school districts can assess student performance […]

Last week, a Facebook friend shared a meme that caught fire a couple months ago.  Originally from an anonymous 4chan post and then made viral by @ANTICHRISTJARED on Twitter, the “Shopping Cart Theory” meme claims to determine if you are a good or bad person based on whether you return your shopping cart. The theory itself […]


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