2:00 am, Dec 29, 2004
Colorado's elected officials in Congress have been making the rounds of the cable talk shows. The Rocky Mountain News analyzes their appearances today, calling them the Firebrand, the Rookie, the Traffic Cop and the Reluctant Standard Bearer. See if you can match up the names with the labels. More importantly, see if you can match the... MORE
11:45 am, Dec 27, 2004
Senator-Elect Ken Salazar appeared on "Face the Nation" yesterday. He vowed to fight any attempt by the Republicans to limit filibusters. At issue is the Democrats' ability to block the confirmation of President Bush's most conservative judges, particularly those who are judicial activists and may vote to overturn Roe v. Wade:
"I think it's... MORE
8:52 am, Dec 27, 2004
Beer purists scratch their heads and wonder how "low carb" beers got to have such a huge share of the market. After all, you might think that if you are supposed to shun carbohydrates as part of your diet, you probably would just stay away from beer altogether.
But low carb beer is big business, with Anheuser-Busch's Michelob Ultra claiming 2.9... MORE
10:07 am, Dec 26, 2004
This morning's Denver Post reports that house prices in metro Denver rose less than 5 percent last year, compared to a national average of 9.36 percent and far below such hotspots as San Diego and Las Vegas. With typical real estate broker optimism, the Post suggests that our flat housing prices will help economic growth, as the metro area will... MORE
12:54 pm, Dec 23, 2004
Last year, the Bell Policy Center, a progressive think tank, circulated petitions to put on the ballot a proposal to solve the state's fiscal crisis through amending the "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights" (TABOR).
TABOR is the 1992 state constitutional amendment that requires the state to return rebates to taxpayers, even when there is a budget... MORE
9:49 am, Dec 23, 2004
So you think you know wines? When you get tired of wrapping Christmas presents, take a break and head over to Dr. Vino's year-end quiz of wine esoterica . You can win a case of wine or one of several other cool prizes.Grand prize: a case of wine! Yes, an excellent mixed case (12 bottles) of wines in the Dr. Vino price range, including wines... MORE
11:45 am, Dec 22, 2004
Colorado's new $200 million computer system for public aid recipients has been a disaster. Citizens of our state are going hungry needlessly. In addition to those receiving food stamps, the backlog of cases has affected those enrolled in Colorado Child Health Plan Plus and Medicaid. Something had to be done, and Tuesday, Denver District Court... MORE
9:28 pm, Dec 21, 2004
Colorado Senator Wayne Allard has been appointed to replace the retiring Ben Nighthorse Campbell on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Allard will relinquish his seats on the Armed Services and Environment and Public Works Committees.
Senators that serve on the Appropriations Committee have a better shot of steering federal funds to their... MORE
3:36 pm, Dec 19, 2004
No plans for Christmas Eve? Most Denver restaurants and businesses will be closed, but you can find some action on the Internet. Ringo Starr is teaming up with NORAD this Christmas Eve. He'll be serving as Santa Claus' official tracker for the air defense organization based in Colorado Springs.As children around the world anxiously await the... MORE
10:04 am, Dec 19, 2004
After winning an election focused almost exclusively on national security, George W. Bush has apparently decided he has a mandate to abolish Social Security and replace it with a system of forced savings accounts. The Denver Post, which endorsed Bush, ran a story today, the title of which at least directly supports the Bush agenda: "Seniors... MORE
10:08 am, Dec 18, 2004
Newly elected Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers has started her tenure with a bitter public fight with the county commissioners of the four counties (Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln) that make up her district.
The fight started when the commissioners of the four counties voted to set Chambers' salary at $120,000,... MORE
7:02 pm, Dec 17, 2004
This is hardly a surprise, but former Denver Mayor Welling Webb has formally announced his candidacy for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. Webb, who was mayor from 1991 to 2003, is basing his campaign on the premise that the party needs a Washington outsider to lead it.
He also said that the Democrats needs to focus more on... MORE
8:32 am, Dec 17, 2004
A recent article in The Nation helps cement the emerging conventional wisdom that the Rocky Mountain states are the new swing territory between the Democrats and Republicans, where Southern-style cultural politics don't move voters to the GOP and a new generation of down-to-earth Democrats like Senator-elect Ken Salazar of Colorado and Governor-... MORE
1:31 pm, Dec 15, 2004
The Boulder Daily Camera takes issue in an editorial Tuesday with Attorney General nominee , current U.S. Attorney John Suthers, for his support of the Bush Administration's policy of secrecy in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, particularly with respect to the detainees:
When confronted with an irrefutable fact about civil liberties in post-9... MORE
1:29 pm, Dec 15, 2004
The Breckenridge Town Council voted last night to include gays in its anti-discrimination ordinance. Of the 50 people who attended the meeting, only one spoke out against the ban:
Physician Bill Bolthouse was the lone dissenter at the meeting, saying he wanted to present his Christian values. "Homosexuals as a class don't qualify for special... MORE