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Abortion should be a kitchen table conversation

BY: - August 12, 2022

My mom began dating an obstetrician-gynecologist when I was in high school. While she always spoke openly about reproductive health care with me, our kitchen table conversations quickly turned into question and answer sessions with her new partner. When asked about his day, he described the differences in birth control methods, new technology for hysterectomies, […]

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It was reckless for Polis to root for crypto

BY: - August 11, 2022

Cryptocurrencies reflect an extreme libertarian vision of anarcho-capitalism. They’re associated with various scams and Ponzi schemes. They facilitate money laundering and illicit trade. They’re favored by neo-Nazis and domestic extremists. They’re susceptible to price manipulation. They’re subject to wild volatility. And they’re a massive source of greenhouse gas emissions. But somehow none of that has […]

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Republicans vote against our children’s future

BY: - August 9, 2022

Congratulations to Democrats in the Senate for voting to restore American leadership on the defining threat of our time: climate change. Now, attention shifts to the upcoming House vote on the Inflation Reduction Act, whose provisions will help fight climate change and grow our economy by reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels. As a […]

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Mitch McConnell thinks Joe O’Dea is perfect

BY: - August 8, 2022

There’s really only one thing Coloradans need to know about Joe O’Dea, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate: Mitch McConnell called him the “perfect candidate.” Yes, this is the same Mitch McConnell who is responsible for stealing seats on the Supreme Court to overturn abortion access. The same Mitch McConnnell who cut taxes for the […]

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What advocates of nuclear must also talk about

BY: - August 5, 2022

This commentary is republished with permission from Big Pivots. A nuclear reactor might be a nice addition to the economy of Craig, the community in  Colorado. But can Colorado afford nuclear power? Three coal-burning units at Craig will be closed between 2025 and 2030. Those plants and associated mining provide the Moffat County School District with […]

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With moderates like Joe O’Dea, who needs extremists?

BY: - August 4, 2022

Consider how far we’ve fallen. Former President Donald Trump led a violent attempted coup based on a lie and broke America’s centuries-long tradition of peacefully transferring power. The America First movement, inspired by Trump’s stop-the-steal rhetoric, ever since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has claimed for itself license to trash every democratic norm […]

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In a post-Roe world, we need a new emergency number

BY: , and - August 2, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Michigan Advance. Roe v. Wade — the 1973 landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that protected the right to abortion – was overturned by the current Supreme Court on June 24. This ruling places access to safe reproductive health care in jeopardy for millions of […]

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Here’s how broken Washington is: Democrats agreeing with each other is big news

BY: - July 29, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In an ideal world, the landmark compromise on climate change, Medicare, and energy spending that U.S. Senate Democrats announced earlier this week would barely require a second glance. That’s not to diminish the magnitude of the agreement that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., struck with […]

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You might be an abolitionist, too

BY: - July 28, 2022

The most interesting aspect of the most interesting Colorado House primary race last month is that the candidate who won is an abolitionist. Media accounts of her candidacy and win dutifully mentioned this self-described attribute, and some clarified that the abolition in question relates to police and criminal justice. But given that the candidate, Elisabeth […]

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Final steps for crucial preservation of over 400,000 acres in Colorado

BY: - July 27, 2022

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act includes four measures — the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness, and Camp Hale Legacy Act; the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act; the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act; and the Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act — that will protect over 400,000 acres in Colorado through new wilderness, […]

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Holding Steve Bannon accountable is essential to justice

BY: - July 26, 2022

I get it. Steven Bannon’s misdemeanor conviction is not the crime of the century. But this conviction is important. And no, I am not talking about politics. I am talking about this conviction being of importance to our entire court system. Bannon was found guilty of two counts of federal criminal contempt of Congress. Here […]

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Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 25, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]