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Former Governor John Hickenlooper will officially announce his candidacy for Presidency tonight.  So, Colorado Public Radio is buying Denverite. A Broomfield employee might be fired for reaching out to the news to help reunite a Veteran's widow with the necklace she cherished, containing her late husband's ashes. Come on, guys.

March 7th, 2019|The Flare|

Contentious

After almost 12 hours of testimony yesterday (and early this morning) the oil and gas omnibus bill passed its first committee. Criticisms from opponents included complaints the process is being forced through quickly, without stakeholders or rural Coloradans at the table, and that it's a bridge too far. It's possible that because this is so contentious -

March 6th, 2019|The Flare|

Word of the Day: Fairness

The Colorado Civil Justice League points out that the way "Equal Pay" is written isn't actually about fairness.  Democrats are clearly in the middle of an existential crisis. Who will win? The "moderates" or the "super far left socialists"? One place to look for clues is the primary battle for the U.S. Senate seat and

February 28th, 2019|The Flare|

Senate Shuffle

Former Governor John Hickenlooper said this weekend that he's "not cut out to be a senator" - let's put a pin in that one and save it for later. Shall we? Speaking of people not running for the U.S. Senate seat next year - Former Speaker Crisanta Duran is jumping into a primary with Congresswoman DeGette rather

February 25th, 2019|The Flare|

Transparency for you but not for me

Our new Secretary of State Jena Griswold is calling for transparency for everyone . . . except for herself. The controversial "Safe Injection Site" bill that would have allowed for a safe place for people to use intravenous drugs - is dead. Word on the street is that the big oil and gas bill is about to

February 20th, 2019|The Flare|

Listen to Mark

Our friend Mark Hillman has some things to say - and we would all be wise to listen. The Jussie Smollett story is everywhere this week and those who jumped to conclusions early are all apologizing - except for Michael Bennet, apparently. I realize this is a clerical error - but I always get touchy when ballots

February 19th, 2019|The Flare|

Straw ban not far enough for you?

There's been a lot of talk about the "straw ban" bill at the capitol. The current version of the bill would prevent municipalities from going further, and creating a patchwork of different laws around the state, but the enviros who want to take the fight to every city aren't having it. Democrats have been talking a

February 18th, 2019|The Flare|

Red Flag, grandstanding, and lawsuits

Democrats are putting Red Flag up again this year. It's likely, without a Republican-controlled chamber or the Gov's office - that it (or some version of it) will pass.  Behind a paywall - Sen. Michael Bennet is once again trying to assert his liberal credentials by opposing a Coloradan for Secretary of Interior on primarily environmental

February 15th, 2019|The Flare|

Strike’s Over/New polling

Magellan has a new poll of Republicans out this morning. Usually, we just see polling of primary voting Republicans and then we pivot straight to the general - but this survey includes both primary and general voting Republicans. There's a lot to unpack here, but the biggest takeaway is that Republicans almost universally love our President.

February 14th, 2019|The Flare|

Free is expensive

Colorado's new Secretary of State, Jena Griswold, ran on the promise of bringing an end to "Dark Money" (capitalization for dramatic effect) in Colorado. Will she continue with her crusade even when it's money that may have helped her and her friends? There is at least as much, if not more, "Dark Money" on the left

January 31st, 2019|The Flare|