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Kelly SloanKelly SloanNovember 22, 20186min189

The occasion (this happening to be published on Thanksgiving) organically calls for an examination of that for which we profess thanks, or rather that which we ought to, as a people. It is, of course, growing ever more difficult for Americans generally to conceive of themselves as “a people,” with tribalism in its various forms wreaking its divisive havoc. No one who regularly reads a publication entitled “Colorado Politics” can remain immune to the reality of how deep the divide along political lines has grown in the last decade or so in our nation, nor how stark those philosophical differences – real or perceived – have become. Offering even nominal support of a president from the opposing party, for instance, simply out of respect for the office, may have at one time been merely a tough, but necessary and patriotic, pill to swallow; today it is virtually inconceivable.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 25, 20187min475

Amendment 73 is being touted by its proponents as a way to pay for public education in the state through a $1.6 billion-per-year tax increase generated by raising… well, just about every tax they can think of. It effectively raises residential property taxes by freezing the assessment rates at 7 percent, nearly a full percentage point higher than they are scheduled to drop to in 2019; it imposes a 30 percent increase in the corporate tax; and, probably worst of all, scraps the most sound and fair economic policy ever implemented in the state – the flat income tax – by re-imposing a progressive tax structure with a 78 percent increase to the top bracket.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 18, 20186min994

Back in 1961, the Animas Valley Sand and Gravel Company sought to acquire about 50 or so acres of land in La Plata County for the purpose of, you guessed it, producing and selling sand and gravel. Insofar as there existed no law or regulation proscribing their doing so on the acreage in question the land was in due course purchased, for a price reflecting its intended use.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 4, 20186min726

There is considerable buzz currently about where the line resides, if it still does, delineating the boundary beyond which activity in pursuit of political aims is considered distasteful enough to warrant sanction. Given the parameters of the current contentions, the Douglas County School District’s actions in pursuit of a tax increase hardly constitute the most egregious example, but still merit examination.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanSeptember 21, 20186min526

The Democratic Party, like most political parties that feel themselves on the verge of some sweeping victory, is having an uneasy conversation with itself, to say the least. The radicals, intoxicated on revolutionary fervor and smelling blood in the water, seem to be convinced that the new age has finally dawned, and the time is ripe for a general uprising. They get this way every couple of years or so, of course, but this time they appear to be making a concerted effort at mutiny, pulling the Democratic Party as far left as their zeal enables. So how will this impact the Democrats' electoral fortunes, not only this time around, but in coming years?