Posted inEducation, News, Politics and Government

The takeaway from Amendment 73’s defeat: Voters won’t throw money into a broken school finance system

Voters rejected a 10-digit ask for new money for education this week, the third failed attempt at raising taxes for schools in the past eight years. Amendment 73 — which would have raised $1.6 billion for schools on top of the $11.7 billion they get now — went down 45 percent to 55 percent in […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Hurricane Michael’s first lesson? We need more STEM.

It will likely be many months before the full damage caused by Hurricane Michael is known, but this recent Axios article caught our attention: “Hurricane Michael underwent a period of explosive intensification that was not explicitly forecast by any computer models or human forecasters.” In other words, because what we’re seeing is unprecedented, we need […]

Posted in2018 Voter Guide, News, Politics and Government

Jared Polis vs. Walker Stapleton: Where Colorado’s governor candidates stand on the issues

The Colorado governor’s race is often cast as a competition of opposites, and it’s most evident when you break it down by the issues. Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton are offering different visions for the state’s future, in particular on issues related to the environment, energy, health care and marijuana. Polis, a five-term […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, News, Politics and Government

The final governor’s race debate set the stakes for the election. Here’s three things we learned.

If elected, Democrat candidate for governor Jared Polis promised to address climate change in his first year — but he made clear his agenda is contingent on one factor. “If we Democrats win the legislature, I think we have a good chance of getting our agenda … done,” the five-term Boulder congressman declared in the […]

Posted inEducation, News, Politics and Government

Top Democrats absent as teachers push ballot measure to boost school funding

The largest teacher organization in the state endorsed Jared Polis in the governor’s race. But the Democratic candidate won’t endorse the teacher-backed ballot measure to boost school funding. The juxtaposition frustrates teachers, a key Democratic voting bloc, and characterizes the political struggle education advocates face in the campaign to pass Amendment 73 in Colorado. The […]

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Walker Stapleton suggests Jared Polis is a socialist ahead of Bernie Sanders’ visit. Here’s how Polis and Sanders compare on the issues.

Bernie Sanders will campaign in Colorado this week for Jared Polis, a political union that is amplifying Republican critics who suggest the Democratic candidate’s policies are too extreme. Polis, a five-term Boulder congressman, agrees with the Vermont senator on major issues, such as the need for a government-run health care system, and he struggled in […]

Posted inBusiness, Education, Energy, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

In governor’s race, Jared Polis proposes new carbon tax, endorses other tax hikes

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis said he supports a new tax on carbon pollution — one of a handful of tax hikes he endorsed in the latest debate. The five-term Boulder congressman has supported a carbon tax at the federal level, and he confirmed for the first time Wednesday that he would pursue the same […]

Posted inEducation, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado is near the bottom of states in school funding. That’s why there are nearly 40 bond and mill levy override questions on ballots this fall.

Robert Framel is the superintendent of Kit Carson schools, plus the trigonometry teacher, and the precalculus teacher, and the sixth-grade math teacher. He picked up the math classes after he couldn’t find a qualified teacher willing to move to the eastern Colorado town of 400 people and work for a school system that offers a […]

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Fact check: A look at what’s true and what’s false in Colorado’s 2018 governor’s race

The candidates’ misleading claims and negative attacks are making it difficult to tell fact from fiction in the 2018 campaign. It’s particularly tough in Colorado’s governor’s race between Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton, where competing lines dominate the conversation and big outside money is fueling the falsehoods. To help voters, Colorado media outlets […]

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Colorado’s school finance system is broken. Is Amendment 73 the answer?

On its face, the question Colorado voters will be confronted with this November is a simple one: Should taxes go up to inject more money into the state’s schools? They’ll have the chance to weigh in through a $1.6 billion statewide tax hike, and through a host of local measures. They’ll also have choices between […]