editorial


It’s not too late for Coffman and Gardner to put their middle-class Colorado constituents’ needs in front of those of the GOP and the wealthy. It’s unlikely they’ll vote to kill a compromise bill, but it’s possible to at least force their party leaders to remove the meanest, most pernicious elements of this fast-cobbled disaster


The Senate plan is even worse. This version offers the same mathematical cheats and lies to pretend it doesn’t balloon the national debt. But Republican members of the Senate — this is an entirely GOP operation dependent on a parliamentary trick to keep Democrats from having anything to do with it — have sneaked in unrelated poisons, such as anti-abortion-rights measures, Obamacare repeal legislation and a host of  inappropriate Trojan horses


Duran’s handling of this escapade and the very process that allowed for it happen are anything but acceptable, and we ask again that she step down as speaker. Regardless, the Legislature should immediately create an independent, non-political system to hear and act on sexual harassment complaints, and eventually, other ethical complaints as well


We have long been critics of Obamacare, pointing out that without express and extensive regulation and market controls, it was the recipe for fiscal disaster it has proved itself to be. But every single option that Republicans have presented is far, far worse than what Obamacare provides for now. Graham-Cassidy is nothing more than pure partisan poison