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I have been plugged into Colorado Republican Party politics since the ripe old age of 13.  My first experience was attending the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club breakfasts.  A few months later, I was making phone calls on behalf of George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. Over about 17 years — whether just an activist, leader […]

Last November in Colorado Politics, I revealed publicly how, seven years ago this past New Year’s Eve, I almost took my own life. Thankfully, I stopped myself from jumping off a parking garage that night and ended up in an overnight mental health hold. For over seven years, I underwent treatment for clinical depression and […]

For four years, we heard constant, confident claims from many quarters that the Republican Party was the exemplar of failed leadership.  It’s certainly debatable, but the drumbeat was incessant for years. Now, as Democrats solidify control both here in Colorado and in Washington, D.C., we must all assess whether the party in power offers the […]

Ten years ago, I graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Attending a small, private university was an expensive decision made possible through a scholarship from Regis, support from my parents, tens of thousands in student loans and the decision to graduate in three years. As with others, paying back student loans has been challenging […]

Wednesday, as the U.S. Congress deliberated objections to the Electoral College votes for Arizona, the Capitol fell under siege for the first time since 1814. But in 2021, it was American citizens — not British soldiers — who broke through barricades, climbed Capitol walls and stormed a timeless symbol of republican government. Whether you call […]

Last week, the Colorado Supreme Court decreed that the legal qualification for “common-law marriages” can now apply to same-sex couples, even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges only took place in 2015.   And guess what: I didn’t hear a peep from Colorado Republicans about it  Maybe I missed something, but […]

Today, the General Assembly is gaveling in for the third and final day of the “first part” of its legislative session before it adjourns until a likely February 16 return. In truth, Coloradans of all stripes should feel embarrassed by its legislative leadership’s failure to meet its constitutional duties and do the people’s business in […]

I will say it bluntly: Gov. Jared Polis and his administration have already failed front-line health care workers, “essential workers,” seniors, teachers and many other Coloradans with their botched COVID-19 vaccine rollout. They had months before the vaccine came out to learn the storage specs and other details; Pfizer even did dry runs of distribution […]

Wednesday, as the U.S. Congress deliberated objections to the Electoral College votes for Arizona, the Capitol fell under siege for the first time since 1814. But in 2021, it was American citizens — not British soldiers — who broke through barricades, climbed Capitol walls and stormed a timeless symbol of republican government. Whether you call […]

Let’s be real: The 2020 presidential election is over.  Objections or not, Congress will tally the Electoral College votes and Joe Biden will be declared president.  As an ardent supporter of President Trump’s reelection bid, it pains me to say it — but it’s true. Even so, we should look critically at the push by […]


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