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Position: Rep. J. Paul Brown

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GOP Convention: the opportunity of a lifetime

Debbie and I had the opportunity of a lifetime last week when we were honored to represent Colorado in Tampa, Fla., at the Republican National Convention. I include Debbie in this representation...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Strike a balance between environment, enterprise

Hundreds of birds are singing and chatting as I sit at our kitchen table this early morning and write this column. It is a joyful sound that always lifts my spirits and helps me to be thankful for...

DATE: July 31, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Government is slowly eroding our freedoms

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, Independence Day, the birthday of the United States of America. The “Declaration of Independence” was signed on this day 236 years ago. Many of us have taken this...

DATE: July 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

I wouldn’t want to be any other place

It was a great privilege to attend the Durango High School graduation ceremony. I was especially impressed with the words of one of the graduates, Carl Sallee, who had recently been to Kenya. He...

DATE: June 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

‘I learned more than I could have ever imagined’

My name is Caleb Bonham. I am a Fort Collins native, graduate of Colorado State University, and legislative aide to state Rep. J. Paul Brown. My venture into legislative politics began last session...

DATE: May 23, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Stay tuned for the rest of the legislative story

The actions taken on the night before the last day of the second session of the 68th General Assembly on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives were quite different to say the least. No...

DATE: May 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Saving the most contentious bill for last

As I write this, there are three days left in the legislative session and a ton of bills that have not even been heard in committee, much less gone through second and third readings on the floor of...

DATE: May 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Patience is very helpful in the legislature

One thing I have learned in the livestock business, and especially in the sheep business, is patience. Patience has been very helpful in the legislature. You can’t make people do anything. Folks...

DATE: May 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Governor may veto tourism-promotion bill

Tourism is a huge part of the economy all over Colorado, but especially in my new district, from Pagosa Springs to Gunnison and all points in between. We need to do anything that we can to spur the...

DATE: April 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Revenue growth makes budget decisions easier

This year the budget debate started in the House of Representatives. All of last week was pretty much the discussion of the HB 12-1335, known lovingly as “the Long Bill.” The results were an...

DATE: April 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Long Hollow Project is many years overdue

Water is the lifeblood of Colorado. I grew up on the La Plata River on a farm that straddled the Colorado/New Mexico state line. The agreement between Colorado and New Mexico that governs how water...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Proud to accept Club 20 award for Sen. Jim Isgar

It was an honor to attend the Club 20 Awards and Recognition Banquet on Friday night in Grand Junction and accept, on behalf of former state Sen. Jim Isgar, the prestigious “Dan Noble Award.” The...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

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