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Former Lawmaker Refuses to Delete Fake News Alleging "Assassination of Scalia" by Clintons

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.17.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

At the end of last year, in an investigation of the Facebook pages of Colorado state legislators, I revealed that then State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmi...

State Legislator Sets Good Example by Deleting Fake News From Her Facebook Page

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.10.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Outgoing State Rep. Kit Roupe (R-Colorado Springs) has cleansed a false "public service announcement" from her Facebook page. In May, Roupe shared th...

State Senator Declines to Sign Fake News Pledge, Saying Term Fake News "Smacks of a New Censorship"

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.05.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think twice about signing some pledges, if you're a politician. But a pledge not to spread fake news, if it's found to be false by "Snopes, Pol...

The Fake News Pledge and Colorado Politicians Who Need to Sign It

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.03.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Facebook and Google are taking a lot of heat for allowing falsehoods, packaged as news, to viralize across the internet, but lawmakers, who legitimiz...

Republicans Go Every Which Way and Both Ways on Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.03.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The story of Trump's impact on Colorado's election is unfolding in front of us in the strangest ways, with Colorado Republicans going every which way ...

Little-Known Race Deserves More of the Spotlight

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.28.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's great to see a few of our city's big bad news outlets (CPR, Denver Post, Fox 31 Denver, and KMGH-TV Denver 7) finally getting around to covering ...

State Senator Woods Forgives Trump

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.19.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) has forgiven Trump for his comments about sexually assaulting women, according to an Associated Press story...

Who's the Most Trump-Like Politician in Colorado?

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.16.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I'm constantly telling my wife there's no way Trump can win in Colorado, and she tells me I have no credibility, because I've said for the last year t...

Higgins Dodges Questions on Trump, Choice

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.22.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

What does it take to score national media coverage even before you decide to run for a northwest Denver state house seat? Try being the star of ABC's ...

Living With Someone Through Grief

Melissa McCarty | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa McCarty

I now know I'm strong enough to withstand insurmountable grief and pain, after all, I watch a woman face hers every day. Thanks to my friend who fights the good fight and teaches me how to live courageously through it.

Oklahoma Public Education Under Attack: The ALEC, CRPE, Legislative Connection

Kim A. Harris, Ph.D. | Posted 04.18.2017 | Education
Kim A. Harris, Ph.D.

Ellen Sweatt/Photo Today Oklahoma education is under attack. I am angry, and I think you will be angry too. Truthfully, I don't know if Oklahoma...

The $15 Revolution

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.14.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even though New York got much of the attention (they actually scheduled their signing ceremony before California), the California law is much more interesting -- not so much for the statewide aspect, but rather for the way it was enacted.

Colorado Political Newspaper Now Requires Subscription for Most Content

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.08.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Colorado Statesman, a weekly newspaper focusing on Colorado politics, celebrated its 118th birthday Thursday, with a party at the Governor's Mansion carriage house and the launch of a new website and business model.

Transgender State Legislator: Not This Time

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Perhaps the most important thing I set out to do was to give a few young people, who happen to be transgender, some hope that they could live authentically and make it in this world.

Proof That Statesmanship and the Art of Legislating Still Work on Capitol Hill

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

What Alexander and Murray did by simply agreeing to work together is what we used to call legislating -- an art form which seems to have all but disappeared from the halls of the capitol. It is also an example of statesmanship in action.

Tax Cuts and Budget Vetoes Highlight Governor Scott's Shrinkage Victory Tour

Gary Stein | Posted 06.25.2016 | Miami
Gary Stein

They handed it to the governor so he could have his way with it and put his pen to paper, signing it into law with one hand and slashing it with his veto pen line item by line item with the other.

A Voice From the Past Rings True 86 Years Later

Juliet Sorensen | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Juliet Sorensen

The unicameral Legislature voted last week to abolish the death penalty in Nebraska, with two more votes than necessary to override a promised veto by Governor Pete Ricketts.

Why Being Nice Backfires So Often In Politics

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

Legislative negotiations are rarely recognized for kind words exchanged between parties, and that's no coincidence. Bloomberg News White House reporte...

Are Bipartisan Lunches The Key To Congressional Compromise? These 2 Senators Think So.

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

As our political system grows increasingly polarized, two senators from opposing political parties believe one way to bring compromise to Congress is ...

When to Kill the Bill: Dilemmas, Compromise, and Overdose Prevention Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

How much compromise is too much? It's a question that plagues policy advocates when their champion legislation is watered down or stuffed with pork in legislative committees.

Medical Marijuana Bill Faces First Hurdle in New York's Senate

The 420 Times | Posted 07.22.2014 | New York
The 420 Times

Legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical dedications in New York is facing its first obstacle in the Senate's health committee today. Th...

Colorado's 2014 Legislative Session in One Word: Happy

Jen Caltrider | Posted 07.12.2014 | Denver
Jen Caltrider

2014 should be remembered as a year when Colorado lawmakers got things done and left our state better than they found it. That makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too.

Marijuana DUI Law Killed in California Legislature

The 420 Times | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

A law that would have meant a DUI conviction if you had trace amounts of THC in your blood failed in the state legislature last week. Better luck next time.

The Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?

Texas Passes Law to Keep Junk Food in Schools (Yeah, You Read That Right)

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Even as the nation as a whole is moving ahead to improve student health, here in Texas the legislature has just taken a big step in the wrong direction.