Opinion Editorials

Opinion editorials written by Senators and staff do not necessarily reflect the position of the entire caucus.

Gardner: Rein in the power of health bureaucrats

Gardner: Rein in the power of health bureaucrats

By Senator Bob Gardner On March 11, 2020, Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) then stepped in and has since issued over 45 public health orders and...

Kirkmeyer: Conservative women led the way

Kirkmeyer: Conservative women led the way

By Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer In 1920, the champions of the Women’s Suffrage Movement made history with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Since then, women across our state and country continue to change the world. In fact, a record number of women were elected...

CORAM: The only certainty for 2021 is uncertainty

CORAM: The only certainty for 2021 is uncertainty

As I begin my 11th year in the Colorado General Assembly and look forward to 2021, I wonder what to expect.After 2020, the only thing certain is uncertainty. Last year started out as any other, then along came the coronavirus, or what is now referred to as COVID-19. We went into recess and worked from home along with most state agencies and much of the private sector.
HISEY: Highlights from the special session

HISEY: Highlights from the special session

With the results of this recent special session pretty widely reported, I was hesitant to just repeat the final outcome but some of those bills could use little commentary. However, before we go there, let me say I appreciated the process, this was the correct process to debate and allocate monies entrusted to the State of Colorado. With that said, the bills that received the blessing of the governor and majority leadership were the ones that passed and with very few amendments. All other bills and most amendments were quickly killed and many of those amendments were important.
SONNENBERG: A not-so-special session

SONNENBERG: A not-so-special session

Despite Colorado’s desperate need of economic relief during this pandemic, the state Legislature did not convene for the promised “special session” through the spring, summer, or fall months to provide the respite the good people of Colorado need and expect from their elected officials, instead waiting until last week. Better late than never, some might say, until they see what the Legislature produced during the long-awaited session.
SCOTT: No more delays on infrastructure funding

SCOTT: No more delays on infrastructure funding

Now that the 2020 Colorado election dust has settled, it is time to collaborate on solutions to our continuing transportation backlog. It is critical that every possible funding solution is explored and on the table for discussion.
HISEY: A special session called by the governor

HISEY: A special session called by the governor

Finally! When the Senate Republicans called for a special session on July 28 to address COVID-19’s impact on schools, the students and their parents, it was called a “political stunt to try to score cheap points.”
COOKE: Is crime getting worse in Colorado?

COOKE: Is crime getting worse in Colorado?

Colorado is under the grip of two concurrent epidemics; COVID-19, and crime. Both are taking their toll in terms of irrevocable financial loss and lives severely disrupted or even cut short; but only one – the crime epidemic – is largely self-inflicted.
CORAM: Tri-State leaders pulled a sneaky move; the PUC should stop them

CORAM: Tri-State leaders pulled a sneaky move; the PUC should stop them

Many of our constituents have been customers of Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, La Plata Electric Association and Delta-Montrose Electric Association for many years, far too many of which have been filled with higher-than-necessary bills, largely a result of suspect decisions out of Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s metro-Denver corporate offices.
SONNENBERG: Governor escalates his War on Rural Colorado

SONNENBERG: Governor escalates his War on Rural Colorado

Elections are fast approaching, and this governor is making political appointments that appear to be furthering his “War on Rural Colorado.” Polis’ latest appointment, to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine, is a self-proclaimed “vegan activist” whose response to the outcry against this absurd move was to attack one of Colorado’s premier youth organizations on social media. Ellen Kessler claimed that 4-H clubs – known as one of the first kids’ clubs in America, with a focus on leadership, citizenship, and life skills – “teach children that animal lives don’t matter.”

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