Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 19, 20183min1248

Ed Feulner, the founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, is joining the advisory council for the Millennial Policy Center, the Denver-based think tank that engages and informs young conservatives (or those who could be).

“Every generation stands on the shoulders of those who went before them, and every generation must be approached in ways that are appropriate and up-to-date,” Dr. Feulner said in a statement. “As we talk about freedom, rule of law and equality of opportunity, we have to do that to the younger generation in ways that they understand. That’s where the Millennial Policy Center excels, and deserves our support.”

Feulner founded the conservative think tank that’s a leading thought leader on the right in 1977 and served as its president until 2012. According to his bio, he grew the foundation from a nine-member staff in rented office to a staff of 250-person with an $80 million budget, three buildings near the U.S. Capitol.

As Feulner retired, Heritage Foundation chairman Thomas A. Saundersh called it “the flagship organization of the entire conservative movement.”

“Dr. Feulner’s exceptional leadership in the policy space is extensive, well-known and highly regarded,” said Jimmy Sengenberger, president and CEO of the Millennial Policy Center. “His guidance of The Heritage Foundation over many years has led it to be arguably the most influential think tank in America. I am thrilled and honored to count Dr. Feulner among those on the Millennial Policy Center’s esteemed Advisory Council.”

Other members of the council are:

  • John Andrews, former Colorado Senate president and the founder and/or director of five think tanks, including the Independence Institute and the Centennial Institute.
  • Michael Barone, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and senior political analyst at The Washington Examiner.
  • Jon Caldara, president of the Colorado-based Independence Institute.
  • Jeff Hunt, director of the Colorado-based Centennial Institute.
  • Jim Riley, retired politics professor at Regis University.
  • Bob Schaffer, former congressman and former Colorado Board of Education president.

“As with all things, we recognize that the success of the Millennial Policy Center can only be achieved with the advice and counsel of experienced thought-leaders like Dr. Feulner, Sen. Andrews and Mr. Barone,” Sengenberger stated. “I am appreciative of the Advisory Council we have put together, and I look forward to what the future has in store for MPC, aided by their ongoing support.”

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Former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is endorsing Jason Crow’s bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in eastern metro Denver’s 6th Congressional District. “To effectively serve, you need courage of conviction, passion for making your community a better place, and the support of your friends and neighbors,” the Democratic Party elder  says in a […]

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U.S. Navy SEALs take their name from the environments in which they operate: sea, air and land.

Becoming a SEAL means completing one of the most mentally challenging and physically demanding training programs in the world. In doing so, Remington J. Peters, 27, had much to be proud of.

Petty Officer Peters enlisted in the Navy a few months after graduating from Grand Junction High School. He became a member of the Navy SEALs and was a veteran of two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. A special warfare operator first class, Peters joined the Leap Frogs, the Navy’s parachute demonstration team, about a year ago. He made more than 900 jumps.

Read more at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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The opioid epidemic is real, and as the Steamboat Pilot & Today has reported and continues to report, it’s hit Steamboat Springs and Routt County hard. One overdose death is too many, and from 2014 to 2016, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Routt County increased six-fold, with more than 65 percent of those deaths attributed to the abuse of prescription opioids.

Thanks to the efforts of the Rx Task Force, a group of concerned community leaders who began meeting in late 2015 to work toward educating the public about the growing problem, the issue of prescription drug abuse in our area is not going unnoticed, nor will the problem go away without a fight.

That’s why we were encouraged when it was announced this month that Routt County and Yampa Valley Medical Center will be part of two different statewide initiatives aimed at fighting opioid abuse.

Read more at Steamboat Today.

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We were thrilled to hear the news this past weekend that the events center at the Colorado State Fairgrounds still will carry the name of Southwest Motors, at least through 2022.

Friday, Fair General Manager Sarah Cummings announced a new partnership with Mike and Randi Zavislan, owners of the well-known car dealership, that will see Southwest Motors remain the event center’s naming sponsor for the next five years.

And the Zavislans sweetened the deal.

Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.

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We live in a complex, exciting and dangerous time when social media and 24-hour entertainment networks give everyone an open microphone. The potential benefits and pitfalls loom large.

Free speech has never been put to a greater test.

The most recent example of open mic derangement syndrome comes courtesy of comedienne Kathy Griffin. It is the latest episode of an American exercising freedom without self-restraint, hoping a groveling apology will undo all harm.

“I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong,” Griffin said.

Read more at The Colorado Springs Gazette.

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The Colorado Department of Human Services is celebrating some good news for the people it assists with the governor’s fresh signature on three laws Wednesday. House Bill 1284 requires background checks for those working directly with at-risk adults. House Bill 2017 to steer children younger than 13 to programs instead of incarceration for low-level offense. […]

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