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House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann and Sen. Morgan Carroll are angling to repeal the state death penalty and direct the estimated $370,000 cost savings to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Cold Case Homicide Team. Will Colorado follow New Mexico's lead? Gov. Bill Richardson abolished the death penalty Wednesday and replaced it with life without parole for the most heinous crimes. Add your thoughts below the fold
Following the Jon Stewart-Jim Cramer "Brawl Street" debate broadcast on The Daily Show Thursday night, what's your opinion of the news media's ability to reflect the events of the day? Add your thoughts below the fold.
Douglas McIntyre at TIME complains that President Barack Obama's housing stimulus plan will keep struggling homeowners in modified mortgages for ultimately valueless homes effectively making them renters. But I ask: When are Americans going to accept responsibility for the risks inherent in making financial investments, including homeownership? Why is that Obama's fault? Add your comments below the fold.
Commemorating Abraham Lincoln's Feb. 12 birthday, Michael Lind of the New America Foundation writes:
Nobody with Lincoln's religious and political beliefs could be a conservative Republican on the bicentennial of Lincoln's birthday. Until a generation ago, someone who thought the way Lincoln did could still find a home among the moderate Republicans of the Northeast and Midwest. But today Lincoln Republicans have been driven out of the Republican Party by an alliance of the religious right and free-market fundamentalists.Add your thoughts in the comments below.
It's not just those getting the pink slips that are cryin' the blues. Colleagues left behind in the latest round of nationwide job cuts are feeling it too. Add your thoughts in the comments below.
The Colorado Dept of Labor and Employment is expected to release the latest state jobless figures today and by all indications it won't be good news. Nationally, 65,000 jobs were eliminated on Monday amid gloomy reports from manufacturers and the tech sector. Add your thoughts in the comments below.
The inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new federal administration. Are you optimistic that transpartisan politics will take hold? Add your thoughts in the comments below.
The Colorado General Assembly begins its 2009 legislative session today on a historical note. Democrats Senate President Peter Groff and Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll are the nation's first African Americans to lead tandem chambers of a state legislature during the same session. With President-elect Barack Obama winning 95 percent of the black vote on Nov. 4 what are the Republican Party's prospects of wooing African American candidates, activists and voters to the highest echelons of the GOP. Add your thoughts in the comments below the fold.
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