It may be the most insulting snub in Olympic history. After seeking and winning the right to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, the city of Denver backed out of the games. Colorado voters rejected public funding of the Olympics in 1972 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was forced to turn to Innsbruck, Austria, the host city eight years earlier.
With the Iowa caucuses over and attention shifting to the New Hampshire primary, Colorado Democratic leaders are wasting no time blasting presumed GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, with party officials focusing on what they say is the former Massachusetts governor’s hard line stance on illegal immigration.
Thousands of hunters and anglers will convene in Denver later this week for the annual International Sportsmen’s Expo. The event comes as many sportsmen’s groups are fighting expanded oil and gas development on western public lands.
Many jobless Americans have turned to friends and family for help to get by. A recent NPR and Kaiser Family Foundation survey of the long-term unemployed and underemployed shows people’s trust in the government’s ability to help the economy is low, and there may be a correlation.
Five years of high unemployment have driven another 216,000 Coloradans into such dire straits that they qualify for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.
That jump – to a total of 608,000 people in major financial trouble – has cost Colorado’s budget an extra $1.4 billion since 2007. The continuing rise in the cost of Medicaid is the main reason the governor proposed cutting school funding again this year.