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Upcoming Spring Activities

Good morning, I hope all are enjoying a wonderful day.  I wanted to again highlight a couple of events that are coming up, and one new opportunity I was updated on last week. First, a reminder that E...

 

Oppose HB19-1278

As your Clerk and Recorder I would like to make you aware of a bill in the State Legislature, HB19-1278 Modifications to Uniform Election Code, which will adversely impact our county and state. The...

 

Music = Life by Amelia Trulson, written 12-17-18

People often say to me things like, "Why do you spend so much money on her singing?" My answer has always been, "If your child is an athlete, you are going to buy uniforms and go to games. Even if you...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 10, 2019

Fire Fighting Foam and Equal Pay for Equal Work

As the only legislator drinking from the aquifer contaminated by PFAS it seemed fitting that I'd be part of HB19-1259, the bill trying to bring some transparency to their use. PFAS is shorthand for a... Full story

 

Families First

We have officially completed 93 days in the legislature and have 27 to go, 549 bills have been introduced. This week we addressed the only activity we are statutorily required to do; we passed the bud...

 

Fire Season is Here

Good morning.  I hope all are well and enjoyed the lovely weather the previous week.  With the warm weather let us not forget that fire season is upon us.  We were reminded of that by...

 

Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition Update

This just in as of Tuesday 4/9/19 our house bill 1279 has been bumped forward to Thursday 4/11/19. I will be sending out emails and doing phone calls like crazy to get as many of you involved and up i...

 

Sharing Coffee Time with Kolby

Every morning of every day I do the same thing, there is no deviation, it is THE routine. Period. I stumble over the cat to the restroom to do the thing that most of us do first thing in the morning,...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Budget and ERPO Passed

The Senate passed the budget this past week - the one thing we are required to do by law. This was the most collegial process the Senate has enjoyed on any major piece of legislation this year.  The...

 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

  I hope all are well and enjoying a nice week.  I have several county updates but wanted to start by mentioning that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month so please keep an eye and ear open for...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

We hear it over and over, it's not guns, it's mental health. And the Republicans, including this Republican, vote against any and all gun regulation. Because we know one thing; people kill people,...

 

Enough is Enough

Far too often I have sat at home quietly fuming about the actions of the Fountain City Council. But now, enough is enough. After their mid-March meeting, I had an occasion to cheer in my heart and...

 

Discussion Closed... Oh Not So Fast!

I attended a Fountain City Council meeting the first part of March when Curtis Mitchell and Carl Christian presented the idea to have a monument erected of an electric lineman to celebrate the 100...

 
 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Spring Break Memories

When Spring Break is over and the kids go back to school I am usually dealing with rather conflicted feelings. One being, "Yay, they are gone and I get my life back!;" and the other being that I feel...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 27, 2019

Judge's Ruling and Red Flag

To set the first issue up – all bills are to be read in their entirety twice in each chamber, unless "by unanimous consent" they may be read by title only. This has become the common practice and...

 

Tyranny of the Majority

Today, March 24th, is officially the 80th day of the 72nd General Assembly. Today 472 bills have been introduced. At this time, I have 15 bills and I am happy to say all but one of my bills have...

 

Don't Answer The Telephone

In January a Denver couple received a scam phone call from a man who told them he had kidnapped their daughter. The man was very convincing that their daughter was in his possession. In the...

 

Kolby

When I was a kid in high school, I had a friend who worked in a pet shop and he had two big birds, a cockatoo and another that was beautiful but an uncommon breed that I do not remember. He was so...

 
 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion    March 20, 2019

Bills on Our Calendar:

While the marquee (controversial) bills get the attention, the majority of the bills going through the Legislature focus more on some detail or clarification that should or perhaps should not be...

 

Two Lost During Storm

I hope all are well and recovered from the high winds and snowstorm last week. It is with grief that I ask for prayers for the Colorado families of two killed during that blizzard; a state trooper...

 

Friends for the Future of Colorado

A few years ago, I, along with several other legislators, former legislators and political activists, started talking about our Republican party and how far it's moved from Ronald Reagan's big tent....

 

My Fence, My Wall

My wife and I migrated here from the semi-arid plains of Wyoming where I had been a school principal and the licensed, volunteer pastor of the only Baptist church in town. The pastoral assignment...

 

Snow- mageddon, Part 2

Well, last week started off like any other week. It's March and it meant that Old Man was going to go on his annual trip to Monarch for skiing. Oh boy, some fresh snow was predicted so he was really...

 

Needles, YES! Straws, NO!

Every day, I get hundreds of emails telling me how to vote on various issues. These are usually the issues that make the news; Sex Education, National Popular Vote and The Red Flag Bill, to name just...

 

NACo Conference

I hope all are having a good week.  I was in Washington DC last week for our National Association of Counties Legislative Conference and wanted to give a quick summary.   The NACo conference...

 

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