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Libba Bray Blows Up Planes, Pageants, and Convention

Posted June 23, 2011 | 19:24:57 (EST)

True confession: Libba Bray and I were friends in college, and she wasn't right then either. Fortunately, she's now figured out how to make a living at it.

Libba was probably the first-ever one-eyed drama major in the history of the UT Theater department. She also kept several...

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Colorado Common Sense Prevails on Health Care Reform

Posted November 8, 2010 | 11:10:17 (EST)

Now that the midterms are over, the calls are growing louder in Washington about repealing health care reform.

But Colorado voters beg to disagree. On Election Day, when it came to health care reform, Colorado common sense prevailed. Colorado voters defeated Amendment 63, an attempt to roll back health...

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You Get What You Pay For: Colorado Is First State to Let Citizens Track Their Taxes Online

Posted March 7, 2010 | 15:52:42 (EST)

So, how much is safe drinking water worth to you? Or K-12 education? Or decent roads? If you're an average Colorado family with an income of $57,000, it's less than $5 a year for groundwater inspections, $827 towards educating more than 800,000 Colorado kids, and $141 in transportation spending on...

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The 'Statewide' Myth in Colorado

Posted January 6, 2010 | 14:39:09 (EST)

You're going to hear a lot of spin from Republicans that since Scott McInnis is from the Western Slope that's an advantage, because you have to win 'statewide' in CO.

No, you don't. Running for statewide office means addressing statewide needs and the concerns of all voters. Education knows no...

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As Goes VA, So Goes CO? Not So Fast, My Friend

Posted November 5, 2009 | 10:31:29 (EST)

In 2008, Virginia and Colorado were the Obama campaign's top two targets to flip from red to blue for a simple reason: they were the two youngest, best-educated states in the nation that voted for Bush in '04. Both Colorado and Virginia are among the top five nationally in terms...

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Colorado Republicans Abandon Social Issues

Posted October 4, 2009 | 14:10:30 (EST)

Back in 2005, after Democrats took control of the state legislature for the first time in 40 years yet Republicans continued to hammer away on nonsensical social issues, then-Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff shot back, "We're talking about the budget, and they're talking about bestiality."

And last fall,...

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Is the Democratic Bench in Colorado Too Deep?

Posted September 30, 2009 | 13:32:53 (EST)

It's a good news/bad news situation: thanks to the fact everyone wants to be on a winning team, Colorado Democrats have a full roster of fresh, smart, appealing candidates. Unfortunately, there are only so many seats available.

In "Colorado Democrats Brace for Senate Primary," Dan Frosch from the...

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall's Generation

Posted September 28, 2009 | 15:08:23 (EST)

If you're a parent whose post-college graduate child has returned to sleeping at your home, you're not alone. And if you're a recent college graduate who has been out there beating the employment bushes and finding them beating you right back, you are also not alone.

According to recent University...

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There's a Reason the Rockies Are Purple Mountain Majesties: Dems Shouldn't Take Anything for Granted in the West

Posted September 18, 2009 | 15:07:34 (EST)

One of the most respected political analysts in Washington, Ron Brownstein, turns his focus on the New West and the gains Democrats have been making in this part of the country. His piece is a cautionary tale and sound advice to Democrats who might get complacent over the blue...

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Plumbing, Discrimination, and Health Insurance Rates

Posted August 12, 2009 | 16:37:26 (EST)

Why do we need health care reform with a public option? Because one of the last bastions of legal discrimination against women is the individual health care market.

In a Colorado legislative health care task force hearing Monday morning, Colorado State Sen. Joyce Foster (D-Denver) asked insurance broker/insurance underwriters...

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