Ah, the challenges of political party leadership. Writing yourself massive paychecks/pay increases for jobs others are willing to do for free exacerbated by poor election turnout and shabby results on both sides of the political aisle can contribute to quite a thrilling roller-coaster ride for those in the driver seats of the political party bandwagons. Evidence in Colorado shows sometimes these situations put the leaders of opposing parties in the same boat, or shall we say roller-coaster car. Exhibit A: Colorado Democrat State Party Chair Rick Palacio and Republican State Party Chair Ryan Call. Stay seated with your hands inside at all times, gentlemen, and here's to an exhilarating ride!
Infighting anyone? By the way that newsman interviewing our beloved squabbling pachyderm is supposed to be Eli Stokols. You can be the judge on the accuracy of his depiction here...
Wow, now THAT is a fish! I'm an angler and that's a (true) fish story I'd like to be able to go home and tell family and friends with proof in tow right there in the old fish cooler! Unfortunately, Colorado's construction defect law is not something some top level policymakers fancy bagging. No doubt, it's a highly controversial issue - possibly one of Colorado's most controversial in fact. And this coming from a state with legalized marijuana on the books! Maybe that's what happened to this fish ^^^ .... the munchies?
Having been a freshman state legislator once, I remember what it was like not knowing my way around inside the state capitol building. From that perspective, I feel the pain of all the "newbies" who started this last week. Thinking back, working in the capitol is really sort of like living in a big house with a large dysfunctional family... and not a whole lot of restrooms come to think of it. Anyway, hopefully these new guys, with the help of seasoned elder-family member, er, I mean politician, Senator Ray Scott, will figure out the budget surplus situation now that they've happened upon the treasurer's office. What a good and honorable man choosing not to go to the Caribbean with all that cash lying around the office, huh? Until next week...
Nearly every cartoonist I know created something to honor the four Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who were slain along with their colleagues. So many have shown their support in fact that some in France have complained about our outpouring, asking where all our support and care was before. Honestly, I had never heard of Charlie Hebdo before this tragedy, but now that I have - and under such terrible circumstances - my life has certainly been changed. I admire those who stand up for what they believe in, whatever the cause. In this case, I can think of few greater purposes than defending the freedom of expression like these great men did so fearlessly, and in the end with their lives. God bless them. I, for one, am thankful for the stand they took and the world is a better place thanks to those at Charlie Hebdo. The pen is and always will be, after all, far more powerful than the sword or any other weapon of violence the terrorists will ever be able to wield.
My cover art this week for The Colorado Statesman!
I was honored to be able to create the cover art for the first 2015 issue of the Colorado Statesman. The illustration features an "Upstairs Downstairs" theme with Governor John Hickenlooper staring as Robert Crawley from Downton Abbey and many of my former colleagues from the state house and senate.
This piece was created on high quality archival illustration board with archival inks. I will be auctioning a lot of my original art over the next year as I produce it for The Statesman, so stay tuned!