Peter Blake

Blake: Buck's 'Blue Lives Matter' bill misses the mark

Blake: Buck's 'Blue Lives Matter' bill misses the mark

The American Civil Liberties Union long ago made social welfare reform more of a priority than protection of constitutional rights, so it isn’t surprising that it has supported hate crime laws.

By Peter Blake · July 30, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice, Legal, National, Peter Blake, Uncategorized
Blake: "Decline to sign" campaign is first of its kind

Blake: "Decline to sign" campaign is first of its kind

We’re not likely to find out whether the campaign has worked or not until petitions are turned in by the Aug. 8 deadline.

By Peter Blake · July 21, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Gold Dome, Peter Blake, Politics

Blake: The 'classical liberalism' of Bill Armstrong

“We must be scrupulous, always scrupulous, in our protection of the rights of those who disagree with us.”

By Peter Blake · July 15, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Civil Liberties, Education, Free Speech, Peter Blake, Politics, Taxes
Blake: Glenn's Victory Proves Old Political Truths

Blake: Glenn's Victory Proves Old Political Truths

Darryl Glenn’s victory in the Republican Senate primary validates some satisfying old political truths in Colorado, such as: — The caucus system makes it possible for qualified but underfunded candidates to get ahead. — Political virginity may be advertised as a virtue but voters prefer office-seekers with at least slightly rounded heels. — Wealthy businessmen with political ambitions who want […]

By Peter Blake · June 30, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: The "can't regulate her" regulator

Blake: The "can't regulate her" regulator

The reason bureaucracies live forever: They happily take a mile when given an inch, but tend to ignore those all-too-rare legislative attempts to curb their authority. Like rented mules, they need to be hit with a two-by-four just to get their attention. Frances Koncilja, newest member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, is trying to wield such a plank. Just […]

By Peter Blake · June 22, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, Economy, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: Bending over backwards for the unaffiliated voter

Blake: Bending over backwards for the unaffiliated voter

“Raise the Bar” is running an initiative that would require future initiated amendments to pass with a supermajority of 55 percent instead of the current 50 percent plus one. However, initiatives that would repeal any current provision of the state constitution can pass with only a simple majority, as now.

By Peter Blake · June 15, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Constitutional Law, Elections, Gold Dome, Legal, Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: Denver Post has issues of circulation, pun intended

Blake: Denver Post has issues of circulation, pun intended

But a circulation person said on the phone that the “specials” would include issues about the Broncos, business “and I forget the other.”

By Peter Blake · June 7, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Media, Peter Blake
Blake: Liquor 'compromise' didn't mix in new competition

Blake: Liquor 'compromise' didn't mix in new competition

Supposing you wanted to launch a new pizzeria, but pizzerias were licensed by the state and you couldn’t start one without first buying up the licenses issued to Domino’s or Blackjack. You’d be properly outraged, but they can get away with such stuff in the liquor game.

By Peter Blake · May 21, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Economy, Elections, Gold Dome, Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: Let the unaffiliated affiliate!

Blake: Let the unaffiliated affiliate!

There are now more unaffiliated voters than Republicans or Democrats…If this is a problem, it’s of their own making. There’s a simple solution: Affiliate!

By Peter Blake · May 6, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Constitutional Law, Elections, Gold Dome, Peter Blake, Politics
Blake: Shift to primary could mean goodbye to 'Super Tuesday'

Blake: Shift to primary could mean goodbye to 'Super Tuesday'

The legislature is under heavy pressure to revive the presidential primary in some form, because if it doesn’t, a well-financed group called Let Colorado Vote will try to put its own version on the November ballot. In fact, if it doesn’t like the version passed by the legislature, it may proceed anyway.

By Peter Blake · April 27, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Exclusives, Gold Dome, Peter Blake, Politics