Legislative Recalls: Let’s Try Legal But Rarified

By |2019-10-11T14:57:35+00:00March 30th, 2019|Blog|

These gentlemen turning in recall petitions against Seattle's Mayor Hiram Gill reinforce one truism: Recalls are no fun. I saw threats of Colorado recall elections on social media before a single bill from the 2019 session passed, and they weren’t even naming specific legislators. Please ponder that for a second, and when the [...]

Richard’s Ramblings: 2018 Election Observations

By |2019-10-11T14:57:29+00:00November 7th, 2018|Blog|

  The blue wave was huge in Colorado and good enough to take back the U.S. House! Photo by Austin Schmid Finally - we’re all entitled to deep breaths. The long midterm election cycle ended Tuesday, which is probably even bringing relief to people who weren’t deeply involved, if only because the TV [...]

Jared Polis’ Most Important Endorsement: Me

By |2019-10-11T14:58:01+00:00October 18th, 2018|Blog|

Vote Jared Polis for Governor! In my opinion, electing Jared Polis the next Governor of Colorado is the most important consideration on the 2018 Colorado ballot. I’ll write briefly about Congressional races in a footnote after the end of this “endorsement,” but the Governor’s race is the only executive-level contest on our ballots. [...]

Come Together: Let’s Suspend Left-on-Left Until December

By |2019-10-11T14:58:09+00:00June 27th, 2018|Blog|

“Ev'rybody's talking 'bout…This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m” – Lennon/McCartney (official songwriting credits), Give Peace a Chance In 1914, World War I combatants observed a Christmas Truce, a break from open hostilities. I'm asking for much, much less here - could we just chill with the left-on-left for a few months? (Photo by Alan Cleaver) [...]

How I Learned to Quit Kvetching and Love the Caucus

By |2019-10-11T14:58:16+00:00March 12th, 2018|Blog|

Caucus has its imperfections, but it's good in many ways, so there's no need for the Doomsday Machine just yet! I ran my third Democratic Party precinct caucus on March 6, 2018, and for me, the third time was a charm. In Boulder County, lingering semi-painful memories remain for many people from the [...]

I Want My GOP: Highways For Nothing, and Your Bridge For Free

By |2019-10-11T14:58:22+00:00March 1st, 2018|Blog|

Snake Oil: As believable as some of the highway funding claims from the Colorado GOP There is one universal characteristic to a prolonged sales pitch – dogged repetition – and Colorado Republican politicians have donned their finest car salesman plaid pants to sell the notion that we can fix the $9 billion Colorado [...]

U.S. Government Not Logical: Time for Systemic Shakeup

By |2019-10-11T14:58:28+00:00November 28th, 2017|Blog|

Mr. Spock would know better! Imagine landing on Earth from some other planet, and finding that the candidate receiving nearly three million fewer popular votes than his challenger in an election became President of the United States. On top of that, significant majorities of Congressional or state legislative seats could go to [...]

Rip Van Winkle returns to Boulder: Musings on 2017

By |2017-12-18T17:26:33+00:00October 16th, 2017|Blog|

“If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future” – Ziggy Marley After about a decade of working on political issues and campaigns at the state and federal levels, I took a job this year writing Boulder City Council candidate profiles for the Boulder Blue Line. I covered Council for the Colorado Daily [...]