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Scott Tipton: We must stand with the people of Venezuela against tyranny

February 14, 2019 — For centuries, the United States has been a model of freedom and democracy for the entire world. As President Reagan famously said, "America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere." At a time when we see freedom threatened

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Dylan Roberts: In full swing at the Capitol

February 6, 2019 — Thirty days down, 90 days to go. We are one month into the 2019 Colorado legislative session and what a month it has been. Here is an update on what has happened thus far and what is yet to come. On Jan. 4, I had

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Hope and concern: Changing the conversation about youth substance use

February 1, 2019 — Ninety percent of addictions start with use in the teenage years. With all the challenges present — the normalization of adult marijuana use, the growing public health crisis of opioid addiction and overdose, and the marketing of vaping products to youth, to name a few

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Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser: Reaching even greater heights

January 30, 2019 — Every January, we celebrate the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, remembering what he believed and taught us: respect, tolerance and civility. At Colorado Mountain College, we carry on that work as we strive to embrace diversity, equity and inclusivity in

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Jennifer Schubert-Akin: The fight for free speech on campus

January 23, 2019 — Last month, California Rep. Ted Lieu said, “I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech; the First Amendment prevents me from doing so.” This remarkable statement is just the latest in a string of attacks against free speech by policymakers. Last year,

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Under the dome: Transition to Colorado Senate

January 14, 2019 — It looks like I'll be moving from the Colorado House of Representatives to the state Senate on Jan. 22. All because Senator Baumgardner, the current senator representing Senate District 8, is resigning effective the 21 and a vacancy committee, meeting Jan. 2, chose me as

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Dry January: why take a break from booze?

January 10, 2019 — "Dryuary" or "Dry January" started in 2013 in the United Kingdom and is gaining popularity in the U.S. Committing to 30 days of not drinking alcohol is an excellent way to reevaluate your relationship with booze. As you explore other ways to relax and experience

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Dylan Roberts: Back to work at the Capitol

January 1, 2019 — It's time to get back to work. On Friday, Jan. 4, the 72nd General Assembly of Colorado will begin. Thanks to the voters of Eagle County and Routt County, I am honored to have the chance to continue serving in the State House. After a

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Andrew Romanoff: Let’s save more Coloradan families the anguish of losing a loved one to suicide

December 27, 2018 — On the third Tuesday of each month, Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village hosts a meeting that no one wants to attend. I visited the church in October, shortly after dusk. A sign pointed me to a meeting room in the back of the

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Sen. Michael Bennet: Legalizing hemp can help boost economy

December 22, 2018 — In 2013, I received a call from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking me, as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to support a pilot program to allow farmers to grow hemp. Knowing Colorado farmers' interest in the crop, I jumped at the chance and

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Johnny Spillane: Healthy rivers mean a healthy Colorado

December 20, 2018 — As our climate changes, Colorado's water supply is facing a new level of risk. Colorado is already, on average, two degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago. With warmer temperatures comes less rainfall, faster-melting snow and more evaporation — ingredients for drought. In fact,

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Harriet Freiberger: Veterans — 100 years ago, 100 years from now

November 11, 2018 — One hundred years ago, the War to End All Wars ended. Soldiers sailed for home. Today, no living American possesses the memory of being one of the 3,000,000 who crossed the Atlantic to fight against Germany and the Central Powers. War has not ended. What

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Walker Stapleton: Government’s core obligations are fixing roads, funding education

October 28, 2018 — I am running for governor for three important reasons: my kids Craig, Coco and Olivia and all of Colorado's kids. I want all of our children to grow up in a state with abundant economic opportunities. Looking ahead, I am deeply concerned about the kind

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Jared Polis: Thriving public lands today, stronger water security tomorrow

October 28, 2018 — Our forests and our mountains where we fish, bike, hunt, ski, board, snowmobile and play are an iconic part of what it means to be a Coloradan. We owe it to ourselves and every future Coloradan to protect our public lands, particularly from being cut

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Alvin Rivera: All Colorado students should have access to CU higher education

October 27, 2018 — Institutional change is good. It revitalizes the soul of the institution and provides refreshing ideas and often new direction. With the resignation of current University of Colorado President Bruce Benton, effective July 2019, the CU system will likely undergo such a change. As a member of the Board

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Lesley Smith: I will fight for an affordable CU education

October 26, 2018 — The University of Colorado system is Colorado’s third largest employer and contributes $12 billion to the state’s economy, affecting all Coloradans. The Board of Regents hires CU’s president and manages the budget, including tuition. My name is Lesley Smith, and I'm running for CU regent

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Ken Montera: Every child has the right to fulfill their dreams

October 26, 2018 — I am running for University of Colorado regent at large (state seat) because CU changed my life. It not only built the foundation for my career but my entire life, and now I want to give back to my alma mater and the state I

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Jena Griswold: I’ll close lobbyist loopholes and stop secret political spending

October 24, 2018 — My name is Jena Griswold, and I am running for Colorado secretary of state. I fundamentally believe that every eligible Coloradan — Republican, Democrat and Independent, alike — deserves to have their voice heard in accessible and secure elections. As secretary of state, I will

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Wayne Williams: Election integrity, security, modernization among successes

October 24, 2018 — I might not be the loudest or most attention-seeking elected official you'll ever meet, but it is my goal to be the most effective public servant in our state. Since winning my first statewide campaign in 2014, I have transformed the often overlooked, but deeply

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Dave Young: Investing public funds safely, transparently and productively

October 23, 2018 — My name is Dave Young, and I am running to be Colorado's next state treasurer. I'm a native Coloradan, born in Denver and raised in Colorado Springs. I earned my undergraduate degree in mathematics in Fort Collins and my master's degree at the University of

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