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Romney Endorsement: Toxic or Tonic for Republican Voters

Last week, ColordoPols reported that gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez agreed, in no uncertain terms, that the federal government has the right to require you, dear citizen of the United States, have health insurance. It's calledShow More Summary

How to Talk Like a Beer Snob: A Beginner's Guide

Kicking it in a brewpub or in line at a beer fest can feel like being in a weird, foreign country full of bearded dudes speaking a completely different language. But, unlike being a tourist abroad, there's no conversational pocket translator to help you differentiate between your barleys and bungholes... Show More Summary

Romanoff Deflected Coffman-Backed Attack on Immigrants

Back in 2006, then State Treasurer Mike Coffman stood in font of 200 people on the steps of the state Capitol as they launched a ballot initiative that would have stopped Colorado from providing services to all undocumented immigrants,...Show More Summary

The Colorado River Rejoins the Sea: A Water-level Account of the Historic Pulse Flow

The bow of my kayak parts the soft tops of tamarisk trees as we glide down a straight bulldozed pilot channel in the Colorado River's delta. The water is cool and clear. Fish dart amid scrub brush that, just days earlier, had been surrounded...Show More Summary

5 Old West Saloons to Drink at Before You Die

The Old West is on its last breath. Let's face it, neither the western nor the cowboy are really in style of late. True there was a time when John Wayne ruled the big screen and Gunsmoke ruled television, but those days have been over for a long, long time. It's kind of sad, really. Show More Summary

5 Ways to Accurately Cover Marijuana Policy Issues in the Media

The world of marijuana is changing. And that means the world of marijuana-related news stories is also changing. With two states having legalized the drug, there is certainly a lot to write and talk about. At least two deaths have already...Show More Summary

5 Things Cancer Taught Me About Being a Doctor

In September of 2013, I noticed a lump on the side of my neck that I had been watching for six months was growing. After going through the differential diagnosis in my head, seeing two physicians, and getting a biopsy... Ding! Ding! Ding! I had cancer. Show More Summary

A Love Letter to Angels

This has been a damn tough one to wrap the right words around. I've written overly long essays involving extensive research in far less time. Problem is, this is about the recent death of my wife of 36 years, Carolyn Jane (Sturges) Petersen. Show More Summary

Is There Beef Behind the GOP "Feminine Perspective?"

Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidates will be debating the issues from a "feminine perspective" May 20 at the conservative Centennial Institute, housed at the conservative Colorado Christian University (CCU), presided over by the conservative former Sen. Show More Summary

Paul Sandoval's Enduring Legacy and Cause

Kingpin. Denver icon. Politco powerhouse. Capital Hill connoisseur. Tamale maker. Assorted titles and descriptions of Paul Sandoval's legend and influence chart the man's professional and personal oeuvre. However, Sandoval's most enduring and apropos legacy salutes the staunch and steadfast survivor. Show More Summary

Giving a Quality Wedding Toast Is Easier Than You'd Think

Doing a wedding toast is a tricky thing. Your audience is a bunch of people who don't all know each other, spanning generations and traditions, some of whom barely know the people involved while others know them all too well. Even if...Show More Summary

Another Blow to Colorado Political Journalism

On Friday, Joe Hanel ended a nine-year run at the Durango Herald, leaving for a job at the Colorado Health Institute. Hanel wrote a lot about politics, and he was clearly one of the best remaining political journalists in Colorado. His...Show More Summary

Colorado's 2014 Legislative Session in One Word: Happy

This week, the Colorado legislature wrapped up the 2014 session. Some really good things happened this year: help with childcare for working families, better education funding, disaster relief, environmental protections, and supporting high paying jobs in our state. Show More Summary

5 Reasons You Thrive When You Give

There's a lot more to living a successful life than just the cutthroat race to the corner office, says Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. Want to live fuller, happier? Then make sure that giving...Show More Summary

"These Days, You Have to Rob a Bank to Get Mental Health Treatment"

This is a quote from a prison psychologist. She was not joking or exaggerating -- many of her imprisoned psychiatric patients had committed a fake crime to get "three hots and cot." And even more had been arrested for nuisance crimes...Show More Summary

Hey, Mom, Let's Go to Brunch

Mother's Day is the perfect occasion for that iconic not-really-breakfast-not-really-lunch American institution known as brunch. Whether the lady in your life likes 'em boozy (unlimited mimosas can be an excellent way to celebrate) or...Show More Summary

Colorado Progressive Talk Radio Hits Bottom

There's endless speculation about why progressive talk shows repeatedly fail on commercial radio, and the latest to go down is Gloria Neal's morning show on KKZN AM-760, Colorado's Progressive Talk. Greg Foster, vice president/programming...Show More Summary

Hallmarking Mother's Day in Handwriting

An estate sale purchase of a box of vintage goods contained the most wonderful surprise, a telegram dated May 8, 1938. Wired 76 years ago, the paper is softly faded, yet bears not the slightest tear. I imagine this telegram was stored safely in a scrapbook or empty candy box by the recipient, Mrs. Show More Summary

I'm Not Talking to You Anymore

"Before, whenever we wanted Cory, we made a call, and we got Cory," said KNUS radio-host Dan Caplis on air Monday. "Now, there's always an excuse." Caplis, who's usually big on personal responsibility, blames Gardner's "handlers" for ducking his show, not Gardner, a Republican running against Democratic Sen. Show More Summary

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