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Women in the State Senate

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 9:45 PM

The hot political debate when I was in the Navy was whether or not women sailors should be allowed on combatant vessels.

I was stationed aboard the USS Hewitt (DD 966). A Spruance Class destroyer, our primary mission was anti-submarine warfare, but we also had a full complement of Tomahawk...

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State Government Needs Problem Solvers, Not Ideologues

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 7:35 PM

There's a method to the madness we see in politics. In many cases, political controversies are actually pitched battles orchestrated by one side or the other to make us look more divided than we actually are.

I thought of this after a recent meeting I had with a constituent. We...

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Socially Progressive/Fiscally Conservative

(11) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 5:44 PM

Shortly after being elected to the Colorado Senate, I met with a former Mayor of Erie and we got to talking about controversial issues. I was surprised we agreed on just about every issue, even though we are from different political parties.

"So, why are you a...

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Support Boulder County Shooting Range

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 4:48 PM

Coloradans have always relied on firearms for self defense and recreation. In Boulder County, the small number of shooting ranges limits residents' ability to learn to use firearms safely. A recent proposal allowing public access to the Longmont police range would create more opportunity for residents to practice safe shooting.

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Problem Solving 101

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 1:53 PM

I consider myself to be a problem solver. As a kid, I loved participating in "Odyssey of the Mind." Building mousetrap powered cars and solving puzzles and riddles was my idea of fun.

When I was elected to the state Senate in 2004, I brought that same attitude to the...

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More Than Two Visions for America

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 6:26 PM

In a recent attempt to redefine all mankind under limited political scope, our critics would have us believe there are only two visions for America in this year's election. In simplest terms, you are only "fit" to be free and can think for yourself if you are conservative. Otherwise you're...

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What Kind of Colorado Do You Want?

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2009 | 5:12 PM

"If you could make or change one law for Colorado what would it be?"

It's not an easy question, but it's the first question I ask people on our state-wide tour of Colorado. We're on a listening tour and we want to hear peoples' ideas, questions, and concerns. As leaders...

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