I took the RTD Rail Challenge. Here’s what I learned.

BY: - September 6, 2022

The Regional Transportation District has 74 rail stations. In about eight hours and 30 minutes, I set what is believed to be the record and visited all of them. On Aug. 24, 2022, I embarked on what has been dubbed the RTD Rail Challenge. Similar to New York City’s Subway Challenge or London’s Tube Challenge, […]

America is in the middle of a labor mobilization moment

BY: - September 5, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. Labor Day 2022 comes smack bang in the middle of what is increasingly looking like a pivotal year in the history of American unions. The summer has seen a steady stream of workforce mobilizations. Employees at Trader Joe’s locations in Massachusetts and Minneapolis both voted to unionize. Meanwhile, […]

Biden’s Philly speech was a challenge to all of us. We have to step up.

BY: - September 2, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Returning to the state where he launched his candidacy — and the one that handed him the White House in 2020 — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Americans to join him in a fight to preserve democracy and to beat back the forces of extremism. […]

More Colorado Republicans should bolt the party

BY: - September 1, 2022

In 2020, national Republican Party officials decided they would dispense with writing a party platform, and they crafted a resolution instead. “The Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda,” the resolution said. In other words, the platform was essentially a declaration of absolute fealty to Donald Trump.  It’s useful […]

Preventing overdoses requires awareness — and action

BY: and - August 31, 2022

Five people in Colorado will die from drug overdoses today. Another five will tomorrow. And five more every day into the future, until we reverse this devastating trend. Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a time to mourn those we lost to overdoses, support those who survived an overdose, and honor those grieving the […]

Invest in the future of America’s great wildlife legacy

BY: - August 30, 2022

Congress is on the verge of passing a bipartisan bill called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, which would transform conservation funding by sending an additional $1.4 billion a year to state and tribal wildlife-habitat conservation programs to shore up the 12,000 mostly non-game species that states have already identified as being at risk. First introduced […]

If anti-trans lawmakers got their way, I might not be alive today

BY: - August 29, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Daily Montanan. In states across the country, small-minded lawmakers are pushing cruel, vicious new bills targeting transgender children. These bills threaten to ban everything from medical care to even acknowledging the existence of trans people in the classroom. Many threaten parents and medical providers with prosecution. And all of […]

The Dems’ 2022 momentum just shifted. GOP overreach on abortion helped power it

BY: - August 26, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Has the right’s electoral gamble on abortion failed? With the midterms a little less than three months away, there’s some reason for encouragement. Consider these three developments alone: The results of a recount in Kansas this week reaffirmed that voters overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would […]

Denver police falsehoods followed by DA’s failure to hold cops accountable

BY: - August 25, 2022

A few days after Denver police officers recklessly injured six innocent bystanders when they fired on a suspect in a crowded downtown area, police Cmdr. Matt Clark stood before cameras and presented the official version of what happened. The suspect “pulled out a handgun and held it in a manner that the muzzle of the […]

Can the U.S. slide into authoritarianism? Yes. But we can avoid it if we try.

BY: - August 24, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. By Jill Sunday Bartoli If we think that, during the Holocaust, the Germans were just bad people who blindly followed a horrible dictator, and that nothing like that could ever happen in the United States, we should remind ourselves that: When people feel hopeless and desperate — […]

Joe O’Dea is Mitch McConnell’s ‘perfect candidate’

BY: - August 23, 2022

As a Coloradan who cares deeply about the future of Colorado, the state where I plan to die and where we hope our kids stake their lives, I would not want Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell representing us. Nor do I want Joe O’Dea, whom McConnell called a “perfect candidate.” McConnell called O’Dea the perfect […]

A small mountain town takes a big step

BY: - August 22, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in Crested Butte, a one-time coal mining town, has now turned its back on natural gas. Town councilors unanimously agreed that any new building erected on the 60 vacant lots cannot be served by gas. Major remodels must be electric ready. It’s Colorado’s first natural gas ban, although 80 other […]