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Freshman Year: Polis

Democrats think Tea Party favorite could hurt GOP chances in November

A win by Rand Paul in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, a likely prospect according to most polling, would give the Tea Party movement its biggest triumph of the 2010 election season.

updated Tue May 18 2010 10:07:26

Democrats think Tea Party favorite could hurt GOP chances in November

A win by Rand Paul in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, a likely prospect according to most polling, would give the Tea Party movement its biggest triumph of the 2010 election season.

updated Thu Feb 18 2010 08:48:48

Passion and pain on Capitol Hill

It is hard to believe that it has been an entire year since Jason Chaffetz and I undertook a project with CNN to chronicle, in video and in prose, our first year. Both of us have grown a lot along the way and learned many lessons, and I hope that our readers and viewers have a notion, as we now do, of what it is like to serve in Congress.

updated Thu Dec 17 2009 11:57:20

No good reason to be in Afghanistan

I recently attended the White House Christmas tree lighting and congressional holiday party. Christmas is traditionally a time of peace and love, quite a juxtaposition for a nation fighting three wars, one in Iraq, one in Afghanistan, and a global war on terror.

updated Fri Nov 27 2009 19:23:20

Freshman rep: We're not vampires

It is indeed appropriate that we finished writing the House version of health care reform around Halloween. Negotiating deals among members of Congress is an exercise in wearing masks, scaring up votes, and oftentimes, bluffing.

updated Fri Oct 30 2009 08:29:08

Freshman rep: Going rogue on my blog

My communications director, Lara Cottingham, gets upset with me regularly about my blogging. (She says every time I "go rogue" it gives her ulcers.) What she fails to understand is that I am a child of the digital era.

updated Thu Oct 15 2009 10:16:49

Commentary: A 'congressional spouse' breaks barriers

One of my heroes growing up was Jackie Robinson. My mom, an ardent baseball fan from whom I got my love of the game, had an old baseball card of his from the 1950s and told us his amazing story of courage in integrating baseball.

updated Thu Sep 24 2009 09:03:13

Commentary: States should decide on gay marriage

After weeks of looking for the perfect puppy, my partner Marlon and I adopted Gia last month from the Colorado Humane Society and brought her back to Washington with us.

updated Thu Sep 10 2009 09:59:25

Commentary: Time for health care hardball

After a month of heated debate on health care reform, it's time to play some hardball. As we settle back in to Washington, I am glad to see President Obama step up to bat and reissue and re-energize his call for reform.

updated Thu Aug 06 2009 08:07:40

Commentary: This isn't much of a recess for Congress

It's hard to believe that eight months have gone by and my first year in Congress is two-thirds complete.

updated Thu Jul 23 2009 09:57:20

Commentary: Health reform back on track

This Fourth of July weekend, I traveled across my district and attended a wide array of events as diverse as our population itself in celebration of our great nation's birth. I held a town hall on health care reform and taught an adult English as a second language class at the University of Colorado.

updated Thu Jun 25 2009 08:28:40

Commentary: Immigration reform urgently needed

Twelve-year-old Josh Garcia courageously took the stage. Fighting back tears, he told how he came home from school one day to find that his father had been taken into an immigration detention facility.

updated Thu Jun 11 2009 08:20:03

Commentary: Give kids a beacon of hope

To be effective in Congress, you must focus. With so many issues and debates occurring at any given time, it is easy to spread yourself too thin and lose sight of your goal.

updated Tue May 19 2009 10:49:55

Commentary: Playing hardball in Washington

I often get asked what I do during my free time. The nature of this job is such that there really isn't much downtime. I usually work from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and spend a few hours catching up on e-mail when I get home.

updated Tue Apr 28 2009 21:53:17

Commentary: A tale of two wars

April recess is often called Congress' spring break. Most members go home, visit their families, get some much-needed rest and escape from the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill.

updated Tue Apr 14 2009 07:32:38

Commentary: I'm just a bill on Capitol Hill

If becoming a member of Congress is like going to college, then crafting legislation is our homework.

updated Tue Mar 31 2009 08:40:38

Commentary: End bailouts before they devour economy

America has a new national pastime, CEO hunting, that has driven the House floor into a frenzied free-for-all as members vie to one-up each other in placing blame and pointing fingers.

updated Thu Mar 19 2009 15:23:34

Commentary: Technology is key to success for U.S.

Technology improves our lives in so many ways -- from our toasters, ovens and refrigerators at home, to our computers, fax machines and BlackBerrys at work. Technology makes once burdensome tasks easy and fun.

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