The New Separation of Powers

The New Separation of Powers

The dysfunction in today’s political system would be painful for our Founders.  Under our Constitution, Article I governs the legislative branch, which is charged with passing the laws and ensuring that the executive branch (set up under Article II) follows the rule of law and respects our Constitution. Over the course of our nation’s history, our practice has largely followed the model our Founders had…

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It’s already been 150 days!

It’s already been 150 days!

Our campaign just passed another huge milestone — 150 days since Phil announced his candidacy! It may be corny, but we’re keeping track of some fun stats like how many Iced Teas Phil drinks (478) or number of suitcases lost…and eventually found (1). Here are some of our stats (in graphic and text form): 1,900+ unique donors Wrote 22 blog posts Made 1,643 phone calls…

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Video: What does the Attorney General Do Anyway?

Video: What does the Attorney General Do Anyway?

Watch the video, below: Phil Weiser, candidate for Colorado Attorney General, describes what the Attorney General does, and, why it is important for all Coloradans. Transcription: Hi. My name is Phil Weiser, and I’m running to be Colorado’s next Attorney General. On the campaign trail, the question I get more than any other question is: what does the Attorney General do, anyway? So, let me…

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Bringing Innovation to the Attorney General’s Office

Bringing Innovation to the Attorney General’s Office

I’m inspired by the opportunity to reinvent and revitalize the office of Attorney General in Colorado.  Under its current leadership, the office is often left on auto-pilot, with little direction, guidance, or energy from the top.  In my past leadership roles (in President Obama’s Administration, at the University of Colorado Law School, and in Colorado’s entrepreneurial community), I placed a premium on working collaboratively, and…

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Our Nation of Immigrants

Our Nation of Immigrants

We often refer to our country as “a nation of immigrants.”  For me, this concept is personal—my mom came to the United States in 1951 as a refugee, after being born in a Nazi concentration camp at the end of World War II.  My grandparents and my mom came here because of America’s commitment to freedom and opportunity for all.  Unfortunately, President Trump’s approach to…

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What I Learned from Justice “Whizzer” White

What I Learned from Justice “Whizzer” White

Working at the Supreme Court was an incredible experience, allowing me to learn from two legends, Justices White and Ginsburg. In this article, I will share what I learned from working with Justice Byron White. In the summer of 1994, I moved to Colorado after graduating law school to work for Judge David Ebel, who serves on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Just before…

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The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

Last Friday marked the 100th day of this campaign. While we have a long road ahead of us, I wanted to share some stats with you from these first 100 days (the graphic, and below, the stats are typed out). Drove 5,748 miles Held events in 31 counties Drank 263 iced teas Met with 2,245 Coloradans Recruited 300+ volunteers Won 1 bake-off with Bubby’s rugelach…

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Lessons from Charlottesville

Lessons from Charlottesville

In the wake of an act of terrorism and hate in Charleston, South Carolina several years ago, President Obama exemplified our nation’s moral compass, condemning the white supremacist who perpetrated the act, calling on all Americans to rise above our past, and famously singing “Amazing Grace” at the memorial service. This weekend, President Trump could not find the words to condemn an act of hate…

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Guest Commentary: David Skaggs – Phil Weiser Will Protect the Rights of Coloradans as Our Attorney General

Guest Commentary: David Skaggs – Phil Weiser Will Protect the Rights of Coloradans as Our Attorney General

In 1999, after I stepped down from Congress, I took my experience to the classroom. That fall, I taught a seminar on separation of powers at the University of Colorado Law School with a (then) young law professor, Phil Weiser. The course offered me a chance to get to know Phil and to reflect on the importance of separation of powers and checks and balances….

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