REMINDER: Postcard Party to Stop the Recalls

Join us for a Postcard Party This Saturday, August 31 | 12 – 2 pm Southern Sun Pub & Brewery 627 South Broadway, Boulder GOP extremists in Colorado are trying to use low-turnout special elections to defeat elected Democrats and override the blue wave. Republicans have filed paperwork to recall Democratic Senate President Leroy Garcia. Senator Garcia just won his election in 2018 by 48 points (25,000 more votes than his opponent). We need …

Positive Politics and Ice Cream

In the Trump era, there is a lot to complain about. But complaining isn’t action. What can we do to advance positive change right now? Our campaign has organized an exciting conversation on how we can all make an impact. Please join me and a panel of progressive Colorado change makers on Monday evening, July 8th in North Boulder Park (north side of the shelter). The conversation will be led by Dave …

Why I Fight for LGBTQ Equality

The end of Pride Month got me thinking about my Uncle Billy. He was so much fun to be with. On Sundays he made brunch and we gathered around the table singing Irish ballads and reciting poetry. Billy was gay. Being gay was illegal then. One night he was arrested for sodomy. After that he was fired from his job as a social worker. It upended his life, but it …

Criminal Justice Reform – Recent Progress & Bigger Goals

Criminal justice reform was a dominant theme of the 2019 legislative session as lawmakers approved a slew of bills to reduce prison overcrowding and help former inmates reintegrate into society by removing barriers to employment. Many of these reforms, such as ending cash bail for petty offenses, were bipartisan—underscoring the emerging consensus in Colorado that those who have paid their debt to society deserve a second chance. Here’s a roundup …

Paid Family Leave

As a former small business owner with as many as 60 full-time employees, I can attest to both the need for paid family leave and the difficulty of shouldering the expense. The Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) bill that is being introduced this session addresses both issues. (I am a founding member of Good Business Colorado, a business organization advocating for economic mobility for Colorado workers.) While the bill details …