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Matt Miazgowicz is one of the actors in the play, “Rock the Presidents”. It’s a show designed to teach children up to middle school age about American presidents. All of them are named at least once. Miazgowicz spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about the show before it’s performed at the Wheeler Opera House Tuesday.

Elise Thatcher

  Democrats have gained registered voters in the Roaring Fork Valley area over the last year.

Jeff Hecksel

Friday was the last day on the job for former Glenwood Springs City Manager Jeff Hecksel. He served as manager for more than a decade and was involved in projects he says improved residents’ quality of life. His departure comes after some members of city council worked to end his contract early. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with him on his last day.

Jeff Hecksel spoke with Marci Krivonen on his last day as Glenwood Springs City Manager, Friday. An interim manager - Andrew Gorgey - will replace him.

Congressman Paul Ryan was a special guest at the Pitkin County Republicans’ annual gathering last night. More than 250 people dined during the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. The ballroom swelled with laughter and good-natured teasing among local party representatives. Visiting speaker and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan talked about his connection with the Roaring Fork Valley.

The candidates and issues in the upcoming Aspen election will be debated Wednesday evening. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association is holding its forum for the 2015 election at the Limelight Hotel on April 8th from 4:30pm to 8pm. The event will be a moderated forum that will allow the public to hear from city council and mayoral candidates. The mayoral candidates will start at 5pm, followed by the city council at 6pm, and the evening wraps up with a discussion of the charter amendment on zoning at 7pm.

Part 2 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

Who’s A Racist?

Oct 28, 2014

I can’t remember a time when the terms “racist” or “racism” were used with the abandon that now infects our political discourse.  These are hateful words - akin to the worst racial slurs bigots apply to others.  Yet some partisans apply the term to anyone who disagrees with the current Administration’s policies or who calls for voter identification requirements.

Part 1 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

A Conversation with Republican Governors

Jul 25, 2014

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Republican Governors

A panel of Republican governors will address the economy, how they are building skills for a 21st century workforce and share their ideas for improving their state’s education, tax and immigration policies.  Featured special guests include: Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

Screenshot from aspeninstitute.org. July 24th, 2014.

A handful of Republican governors spoke on a panel at the Aspen Institute last night to a packed house. That included New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Improving government was the top theme of the night--- and some trash talk about the Democratic Party.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with U.S. Representative John R. Lewis

Congressman John R. Lewis (D-GA), civil rights leader, and co-author of the bestselling graphic memoir March: Book One (Top Shelf Productions), is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His new graphic memoir trilogy, March, is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Book One spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

Afternoon of Conversation

Jun 30, 2014

Afternoon of Conversation

* PepsiCo Chairperson and CEO Indra Nooyi in conversation with David Bradley

* Former Vice President Al Gore with David Gergen

* Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in conversation with Andrea Mitchell

* The Race Card Project with NPR’s Michele Norris and Guests

* Gen. David Petraeus (Ret., US Army) in conversation with Bob Schieffer

In Conversation with “House of Cards” Creator Beau Willimon

The creator of "House of Cards" discusses the future of television and movies with legendary entertainment industry leader Michael Eisner.

Beau Willimon is an American playwright and screenwriter whose early work, before working in entertainment, included volunteering for the political campaigns of Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Bill Bradley, and Howard Dean.

Willimon wrote the play “Farragut North”, the basis for the George Clooney film “The Ides of March”, which premiered in off Broadway in 2008. His other plays include “Spirit Control” and “Lower Ninth”

In 2012, Willimon developed the show House of Cards for Netflix. The show is an American adaption of the BBC series of the same name. House of Cards premiered on Netflix on early 2013. The show has run for two seasons and a third season is currently in production.

Beau Willimon, Michael Eisner

Speech and Censorship on Campus

May 30, 2014

As an alumna of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, one of the last all-women institutions of higher education, I decided to put aside the other topics about which I’d like to write to comment on the “disinvitation” of Christine Lagarde as this year’s commencement speaker at Smith.  Madame Lagarde is the head of the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”), a woman with a lengthy list of barrier-breaking accomplishments in both the public and private sectors.  Growing out of the Bretton Woods Conference convened in 1944 to determine how to help reconstruct the global economy after t

Campaign Finance Post-McCutcheon

Apr 25, 2014

The April 2 five-four decision of the United States Supreme Court on campaign finance in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has elicited the predictable polar opposite reactions from commentators.  The decision has been hailed by many as reinforcing the fundamental Constitutional right of free speech and strengthening the role of the parties in the political process.  Conversely, the decision has been vilified in some quarters as giving the wealthy a larger voice in politics than they may already have to the detriment, it is said, of the general public.

Voting in Peru

Mar 5, 2014

My husband and I recently returned from a fascinating trip to Peru, where we floated down the Amazon (the headwaters are in the Peruvian Andes) and hiked Machu Picchu.  It’s always instructive to learn that people in other countries have a different perspective on some topics than we do in the United States.

Why did the ballot measures fail?

Nov 8, 2013

Traveling throughout the Roaring Fork Valley in the days leading up to the November 5 election, I was impressed by the slick signs trumpeting two of this year’s ballot issues in Pitkin County: “Vote YES on Amendment 66” and “Vote YES on Questions 4C and 4D.”  Amendment 66 was, of course, the statewide financing proposal for public education that would have raised the income tax rate for all Coloradans, by 8% for those making $75,000 or less a year and by 27% for people making above that amount.  Questions 4C and 4D were about a new recreation center in the mid-valley Crown Mountain Park and

Elise Thatcher

A Texan stole the show at the Pitkin County Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner last night. State Senator Wendy Davis gained national attention earlier this year when she held an all-night filibuster in the Texas legislature, over the issue of access to abortions. Last night Davis held the floor for a much shorter period of time at the Lazy T Seven Ranch.

Governors in Aspen: What’s Working at the State Level?

A conversation featuring with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Governor Michael Pence of Indiana, and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin on their priorities, toughest challenges and successes.

This year's panel of governors will discuss important social issues affecting their communities.

Aspen Ideas Festival - Politics of the Possible

Jun 28, 2013

Politics of the Possible

Where are the opportunities for bipartisan consensus and policy solutions? What's required to make that happen?

George Mitchell, Thomas J. Wilson, Melody Barnes, Tim Pawlenty, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rita Braver


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