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End of Session Newsletter

| Senator Rod Pelton | Opinion
Thank you to everyone who reached out to me (either by call, text, email, mailed letter, or in-person) this past 2024 session to express your concerns, comments, and words of support. While it was a tough four months in Denver, my family and the good people of Colorado made it worth it.

I Am That Change

| Richard Holtorf | Opinion
My name is Richard Holtorf. As a candidate for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District (CD4) for 6 months, I’ve heard about three crucial topics from voters – border security, the 2nd Amendment, and the US role in the world.

State Representative Ty Winters Discusses End of Legislative Session

| Ty Winters | Opinion
It is truly an honor to represent the good people of House District 47 at the Colorado State Capitol. This year my colleagues and I fought against the continued deterioration of our Constitutional Rights and personal freedoms.

Local Sports Leagues Must Not Adhere to Biden’s Title Ix Pro-Transgender Update: Develop Policy Before It Happens

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
In West Virginia five middle school female track athletes staged their own brand of protest when they refused to throw the shot put against a 13-year-old transgender athlete, a biological male taking hormone blockers and estrogen enhancement drugs. The five female athletes took turns getting in the throwing ring, but then stepping out refusing to compete.

James Lengel Canidate for Cheyenne County District 3 Commissioner

| James Lengel | Opinion
To the fine people of Cheyenne County. My name is James Lengel.

Maybe It’s Time to Prep for the Rest of 2024

| Administrator | Opinion
I woke up on Thursday morning to a notice a co-worker had sent me saying the Kiowa County Emergency Management office was informing citizens about cell phone services including Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T being disrupted because of a “Nationwide service outage affecting the making or receiving of phone calls and text messages.” That notice went on to say that there was no estimated time of restoration at this point and that the 911 service was intermittently functioning. They suggested trying to call from another phone line if there was an emergency.

Ensuring Colorado State Government Includes All of Colorado

| Representative Ty Winter | Opinion
I am humbled and proud to share the news of my recent appointment as the Assistant Minority Leader by my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus. As the Representative for House District 47, my connection to the rich tapestry of ranching and farming communities runs deep, encapsulating the very essence of rural Colorado.

Beginning of Session Newsletter: January 2024

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
On Wednesday, January 10, the 2024 Colorado Legislative Session began. I am privileged and proud to be serving another year as your State Senator.

Why I’m Supporting the Towner Energy Project’s Stabilizing, Local Impact

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
As a third-generation farmer and rancher on the Eastern Plains, I know first-hand just how challenging – and rewarding – our western way of life can be. I also know agriculture is a volatile business, impacted by uncertain economic conditions and commodity prices.

Whatever AI Holds to Be the Truth is Now the Truth

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
The other day I came across an article about Arlington, Colorado on my newsfeed from a magazine called StreetRoad. Newsbreak published it on their site and sent it out as a notification.

Colorado Is Ground Zero in Ploy to “get Trump” off the Ballot: Millions of Voters Could be Disenfranchised

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
Former President Donald Trump is the leading candidate in the nation currently to win the 2024 Presidential election. He leads the field of other Republicans in the race by nearly 40 points and he even leads current President, Joe Biden, by 4 to 8 points depending on what poll is being considered.

Politics... As Usual: Coloradans Left in the Dark

| Representative Ty Winter, Trinidad | Opinion
According to the Colorado State Statute, bills are required to be introduced within the first few weeks of the legislative session unless they have been approved by House and Senate leadership to have a late or delayed introduction. The introduction deadlines ensure transparency, allowing stakeholders to provide indispensable feedback.

Proposition HH: Not the Solution to Coloradans Property Tax Issue

| Representative Ty Winter, Trinidad | Opinion
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) protects Coloradans from the unnecessary expansion of state government by requiring a ballot initiative to raise taxes or expand the state general fund. TABOR requires excess tax revenue be returned to taxpayers unless a vote allows the state to retain the funds.

Revival of the Rural: Childcare Being Regulated into Obscurity Hits Rural Communities the Hardest

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
Over this past summer I have come to understand, even more than I did as a young working mother, how important—not just important but more of a priority—it is that communities find a way to provide quality childcare. Way back in the 1980s and 1990s when I worked full time, and on any given day needed daycare for at least three children, if not four, it was a constant battle of finding care providers, but even more so, finding QUALITY care providers.

2023 Special Interim Newsletter

| Senator Rod Pelton | Opinion
The Joint Chamber Eastern Plains Tour, which I helped plan with my fellow Eastern Plains colleagues, was a success. We had a total of 15 State Senators and Representatives (11 of whom represent urban/metropolitan districts) participate in either one or both days of this event and we traveled almost 750 miles from start to finish.