Colorado in focus: Is Colorado a purple state or a blue state?
Watchdog News | September 19, 2017
The Gazette Op-Ed: Point/Counterpoint: Is Colorado a purple state or a blue state? Colorado’s discerning and independent voters will again make the 2018 election a competitive drama that goes down to the wire. There is a myth that Colorado was a Republican bastion for decades before Democrats finally broke through the red wall and the […]
Colorado in focus: Happy Constitution Day. Let’s celebrate liberty
Watchdog News | September 18, 2017
The Gazette: Happy Constitution Day. Let’s celebrate liberty Sunday was Constitution Day. We should celebrate this obscure holiday like never before, as the country needs a constitutional revival. Constitution Day is a nationwide remembrance of the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. As our country unravels along the lines of partisan division and […]
Colorado groups beat the drum for federal tax reform
Michael Carroll | September 18, 2017
Several Colorado groups are rallying and joining forces in support of GOP proposals to simplify and reform the nation’s tax system, which they see as a drag on both economic growth and a more prosperous middle class. But for others in the state, advancing certain tax reforms seems problematic, especially when Republicans have offered few […]
Colorado in focus: Special session called to fix error costing RTD, others big money in marijuana tax revenue
Watchdog News | September 15, 2017
Fox 31: Special session called to fix error costing RTD, others big money in marijuana tax revenue Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called Thursday for a special session of the Colorado Legislature. Lawmakers will be called back into session to fix a bill drafting error that has been costing a number of special districts hundreds of thousands […]
Colorado in focus: Colorado’s political leaders weigh in on Amazon campus bid
Watchdog News | September 13, 2017
The Denver Post: Colorado’s political leaders weigh in on Amazon campus bid As cities and developers along the northern Front Range scramble to put together proposals to host Amazon’s second headquarters, political leaders are working behind the scenes to boost Colorado’s chances of coming out on top. Chief among them is U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, […]
Colorado in focus: Anti-fracking activists looking for Boulder County commissioner protest at the wrong house
Watchdog News | September 12, 2017
Denver Post: Anti-fracking activists looking for Boulder County commissioner protest at the wrong house Anti-fracking activists wrote a news release about a demonstration they staged Sunday outside a home in Boulder where they thought Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones lives. But Jones hasn’t lived in the house on Marine Street for nearly five years. In a […]
Haupt: The White House press secretary, reporter or employee?
William Haupt III | September 11, 2017
 “The news media isn’t there to tell you what has really happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear. It’s there to make their editors and advertisers happy, not inform you.” – Joan Wheston Thomas Carlyle praised political philosopher Edmund Burke, who publicly recognized the press as gatekeepers of a democratic […]
Colorado in focus: Voters’ approval of I-25 funding seen as crucial to ‘Gap’ widening
Watchdog News | September 11, 2017
Denver Post: El Paso County voters’ approval of I-25 funding seen as crucial to ‘Gap’ widening Even with two local ballot measures setting aside at least $16 million for widening Interstate 25 between Monument to Castle Rock, officials are nowhere near being able to foot the bill for the project. No other counties or municipalities […]
Colorado lawmakers turn to ‘fees’ to avoid Taxpayer Bill of Rights limits
Michael Carroll | September 11, 2017
Colorado state lawmakers increasingly engage in fiscal gymnastics to get around provisions of the state’s landmark Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), according to both supporters and critics of the state’s 25-year-old constitutional amendment. Approved by voters in 1992, the TABOR amendment mandates that state and local governments get voter approval for specified tax increases, and […]
Colorado in focus: Pueblo County voters will be asked to increase their sales tax in an effort to build a new jail, detox center
Watchdog News | September 08, 2017
Denver Post: Pueblo County voters will be asked to increase their sales tax in an effort to build a new jail, detox center Pueblo County voters will be asked in November to increase their sales tax rate as part of efforts that could cost up to $150 million to battle jail overcrowding and get a handle on […]