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Most of us can agree that we have elected a new U.S. President: Joe Biden and his VP Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021.  Still, over 70 million Americans voted for Donald Trump, the second most  votes won by a presidential candidate. That is a huge number of my fellow citize…

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As I write this, it appears the election is over, but it remains to be seen what will become of all the legal challenges. I thought Mr. Biden gave a good speech and appreciated his call for unity, but let’s take a look at how this compares to a couple of other recent elections.

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I spoke last week about the wave of violence plaguing our nation and suggested it is the front wave of a revolution. Even those on the left who aren’t participating in the riots are trying to delete heroes from our history and radically alter the values of our society. Some are calling it th…

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I sent the following email to everyone in my contacts list. If you feel as I do that our American way of life is threatened by the current presidential administration, then we all must communicate any way we can, we must protect our voting process, and we must elect Joe Biden to take over du…

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Well, these continue to be interesting times with no end in sight. As I write this, a pro-police rally down at the capitol is being interrupted by a group demanding the police departments be defunded. For almost three months now, people have been demanding their voices be heard and their rig…

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The second session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. A little after 5 p.m. on June 15, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives. After a testy and historic 84 day session, the House adjourned sine die (from the Latin “w…

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This was to be the week of eager anticipation for state legislators as we prepared for a return to the Capitol May 18 to do the people’s business.

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In my last article, I spoke at length about our voting process in Colorado and presented concerns about an attempt to do mail-in ballots nationwide without having the proper procedures and staff in place.

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In last week’s “Democratically Speaking” column, two things were mentioned that caught my eye. One was that Republicans didn’t create the coronavirus but have tried to weaponize it against voters. The other was that Republicans don’t want everyone to vote. That first one is wrong but the sec…

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Facts are not partisan. An internet meme states that 12,649 Americans died during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, while Barak Obama was president and Joe Biden was his Vice President. In all, 60.8 million Americans were infected, with 274,000 serious enough to require hospitalization.

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A couple of weeks ago I informed you of one of the major concerns with the Legislature adjourning for the coronavirus. Both chambers passed HJR 20-1006 “Concerning a request to the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado to render its opinion upon a question regarding section 7 of article V o…

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It’s been very interesting to watch the news coverage of this pandemic. Many of the outlets were very quick to condemn the President when he almost immediately put travel restrictions on people coming from China on Jan.  31.

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I am writing this edition here at home where I can see the antique regulator clock on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth, ticking off the seconds of another day. I realize, in spite of all mankind’s efforts to control and or predict it, time keeps moving on.

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Rarely has the difference between Republicans and Democrats been more clear.

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COVID-19 is a real threat here in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. The last major pandemic in the U.S. occurred from April 2009 until April 2010, when A/H1N1 (the Swine Flu) came to the U.S. via Mexico.

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A friend shared an interesting online post with me over the weekend. It read “If COVID-19 forces Planned Parenthood to be closed for two weeks, the virus will have saved more lives than it has taken.”

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Capitol Bill Watch: There were 564 total, up from 537 last year in the House there were 360 bills and in the Senate, 204 bills. There were 33 signed into law and 33 postponed indefinitely and 98 bills killed.

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Colorado’s explosive growth makes the 2020 Census more important than ever. Because of our growth, Colorado has a good chance of picking up an additional Congressional district.

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President Trump is very proud of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he and Cory Gardner should remember the words of the first President of post-Soviet Russia, Boris Yeltsin:

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For those of you who are a bit skeptical of politicians, I just wanted to let you know they do listen to their constituents and we can make a difference.

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Candidates can’t be everywhere. That’s why we have caucuses.

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I have become aware of another new bill in the legislature. This is HB-1011 and is titled “Helping Others Manage Early Childhood Act.” Here is a small portion of the intent: “The (public awareness) campaign must be implemented in each county and target family, friends, neighbors, families wh…

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It has been good to see some comments on my recent writings, even when they don’t agree with me. The purpose of these articles is to get people thinking and talking, so that’s good. I would like to point out that I never said anyone was above the law; I’m simply one of millions of Americans,…

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Changes in Colorado’s election laws for the 2020 election should increase voter participation, but some of these changes could cause some confusion.

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Wow -- What a first week of the second session of the 72nd General Assembly! A lot of “Pomp and Circumstance” was packed into the first two days. However, as I like to say, there was a lot more pomp and very little circumstance to be had in those 48 hours!

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George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley testified at the House Judiciary impeachment hearing, and was asked about actions taken by previous Presidents. His professional opinion is that each of these would be considered an impeachable offense given the wide latitude now bei…

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Should Congress impeach the President? Why not just wait for the 2020 elections and let the voters decide?

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Why do 70 percent of Americans support the single payer, universal healthcare system known as Medicare for All (Reuters–Ipsos survey, August 2018)? Partly because the current system is broken, but also because a growing number of people see healthcare as a human right.

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I read an interesting opinion piece by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade last week. The title was “Americans never needed handouts to survive and thrive.”

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Call me crazy if you’re so inclined, but I’m seriously concerned about losing my freedoms. You know, those essential elements of daily life that we take for granted.

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In this article, I would like to take a look back at some of the legislation passed during our previous state government session. The legislature met for 120 days and passed 598 bills involving $32 billion of your money. These bills encompassed parental authority over the family, administrat…

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Over the Labor Day weekend, there was another mass shooting in Texas. You can expect renewed calls for gun control, of course, but the issue is not now and never has been the gun.

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Republicans are absolutely correct when they say that companies do not pay taxes. Any tax increase that corporations might face is simply passed along to consumers through price increases. Consequently, any corporate tax increase is actually a tax on consumers. This is basic Republican philo…

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There is a very controversial argument that I just don’t understand. During the Democratic Debates, one of the ladies said “I can’t believe this is the 21st century and we’re still debating abortion.”

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One of the most amazing and humbling aspects of serving in the House of Representatives is the fact that I am a part of history each and every day.

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It is nearly caucus and Assembly season – followed by the primary election on June 26 and the general election on Nov. 6.  It is time for me to formally declare my candidacy for HD 60 for my forth and final term.  It is hard to believe I am finishing my third term as the state representative…

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I hope you all enjoyed Presidents Day weekend. Oftentimes we forget that Presidents Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on Feb. 22 (Wash…

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The pace is picking up under the Golden Dome.  Between all the newly proposed legislation and bills that have returned from last session in one form or another, the calendars are loading up quickly.  One bill, from the end of the session last year, has returned early this session.

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Following the rapid passing of Nurses’ Compact bill in the opening days of the session, nurses claimed the spotlight again in the House Health Insurance and Environment Committee last Thursday.

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No matter who or where we are, we all have special moments from time to time. The Colorado General Assembly is no exception.

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When people think about health issues, they often don’t think about their teeth. Dental health is rarely considered a priority, especially among those in rural areas where dental health care providers are not always easily accessible.

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This year the Park County Veterans Service Officers applied for and received a State of Colorado Veterans Assistance Grant.

These grants are intended to help veterans with specific problems and designed so they do not duplicate similar grants to other local organizations.

The Veterans Assistance Grant allocated to PCVS has five categories for aid. First is family counseling and mental health services for county veterans and their family.

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As we launch into another new year, about 50 percent of individuals will use this metaphorical blank slate to set new goals and resolve to achieve, accomplish, and become new and improved versions of their current selves.

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Sometimes the wheels of progress move slowly but, on rare occasions, progress hits high gear.

One such instance took place during the opening three days of this session. SB 18-027 (Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact) hit the ground running in the Senate on Thursday, cleared third reading on Friday and will be heard in the House on the 16th.

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It is 2018, and the state of Colorado is kicking off the second half of the 71st General Assembly.

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From Nov. 30. to Dec. 3, the Platte Canyon School District RE-1 board of education members attended the 77th Annual Colorado Association of School Boards Convention.

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