This isn’t a driver license application or a request for tax enterprise zone fees or anything close to usual. It’s a man’s life and the life of his family subjected to justice more typically doled out in Iran or China. It’s only a lame excuse that this has taken so long, and not a very good one. The Constitution empowers Hickenlooper to end Lima-Marin’s sentence now

Half a spreadsheet with Colorado government records open to public scrutiny is far better than none. State lawmakers are, finally, closer than ever to passing a measure that would modernize Colorado’s treasured open records laws, saving taxpayers money and saving time and money for those who want information from their state and local government that […]

The immediate problem isn’t exactly that the state is critically short of money. Colorado has some cash, but a minority of Republican state officials won’t let the state spend it. It’s tied up in a inane argument over how to classify Colorado’s Hospital Provider Fees and the state’s notoriously cumbersome so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It’s a complex problem not easily explained, prompting most of the public to look the other way