In Missouri, the truth doesn’t always set you free

BY: - January 17, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Missouri Independent. Christopher Dunn has served over 30 years in prison for a murder he vehemently claims he did not commit. He stands not only on his word but on evidence that supports alibi witnesses and the recanted statements of trial witnesses in his case. However, the most substantial […]

Distortion of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words enables more, not less, racial division in America

BY: - January 16, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas is just the latest conservative lawmaker to misuse the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to judge a person on character and not race. In the protracted battle to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, Roy, a […]

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no one should settle for ‘a piece of freedom’

BY: - January 16, 2023

This commentary comes to Newsline from the Kansas Reflector. Some historians mark the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder as the end of the civil rights movement. Over an arc of 14 years — from the 1954 Brown Decision to King’s death in 1968 — the nation attempted to address its racial caste system. The […]

The forces that power antisemitism and racism are the same. We must stand against them.

BY: and - January 13, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. We became friends when we each were leading Philadelphia affiliates of legacy civil rights groups — the National Urban League and ADL (the Anti-Defamation League). We’ve worked together to advance voting rights, combat disinformation, push for equality and fight hate. We’ve engaged in tough conversations about racism […]

Theocrats in the Colorado Capitol

BY: - January 12, 2023

Not two hours into the opening of the Colorado General Assembly this week, a group of Republican lawmakers made it clear that they’re at the Capitol not for the purpose of governing but rather to disrupt and evangelize. The vote for House speaker had long been a bipartisan, unanimous affair in which the minority party […]

Things to look for in successful coalitions during Colorado legislative session

BY: - January 9, 2023

The Colorado General Assembly has seen substantial historic legislative wins in the last couple years at the Colorado state Capitol. Many of those successes were made possible by hundreds of people, working in coalition in and outside of the Capitol. Monday, Jan. 9, launches us into Colorado’s 74th legislative session. As we look back on […]

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Time is running out. Get covered by January 15.

BY: - January 9, 2023

If you don’t have health insurance — or just want to explore your options — go to on or before Jan. 15 to get covered with affordable health insurance now. Having and keeping good quality affordable health care is personal for me. The Affordable Care Act saved my life. In 2017, I walked into […]

How the ancient Greeks can help us understand Jan. 6 and its aftermath

BY: - January 6, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. The second anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is upon us. And each new revelation about that brutal mob assault on our government raises a host of fresh questions about what transpired in the days prior to January 6, notably who was involved in planning the events […]

Disorder is all Republicans have to offer

BY: - January 5, 2023

At all levels of government, in every branch of government, Republicans increasingly stand only for disorder. The Constitution establishes the U.S. as a nation of laws. Democracy demands that the public good is elevated over personal interests. American government functions only when elected leaders follow rules, respect norms and act in good faith. Yet the […]

Hating ourselves into paralysis

BY: - January 4, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Nebraska Examiner. I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. Robert Frost is on to something. His poem “Fire and Ice,” from which I’ve culled the lines above, contemplates the end of the world by ice: hatred. But […]

Marshall Fire aftermath

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire hid another disaster inside

BY: , and - December 30, 2022

This commentary originally appeared on The Conversation. On Dec. 30, 2021, one of the most destructive wildfires on record in Colorado swept through neighborhoods just a few miles from our offices at the University of Colorado Boulder. The flames destroyed over 1,000 buildings, yet when we drove through the affected neighborhoods, some houses were still […]

Renewables move forward in Colorado, but in Wyoming? Not so fast

BY: - December 29, 2022

Colorado’s largest electrical utility this week announced it will begin construction of 300 miles of major new transmission next year to harvest wind from the state’s eastern plains. In Wyoming, though, a wind farm proposed 15 years ago still needs crucial permits. The difference? Land ownership, at least in part. The 345-kV transmission line that […]