Marianne Goodland

Community colleges strive to expand their access

But to what degree?
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s community colleges are seeking permission from the General Assembly to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees, but it’s pitting Democrats in the state Senate against each other, and drawing the kind of opposition from the state’s public universities that one university president likened to a “food fight.”

School Finance Act could be overhauled

Public could ultimately decide possible ballot measure
The Colorado Statesman

Members of the Colorado General Assembly aren’t waiting for a decision from the Colorado Supreme Court in Lobato v. State of Colorado.

Last Friday, Sens. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, and Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, introduced Senate Bill 13-213, a new Public School Finance Act that Johnston says will address some of the issues raised in Lobato.

Lobato lawsuit could have major ramifications for K-12 school finance

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments on a lawsuit that could dramatically change the system of K-12 school finance in Colorado.

Political power of women and Latinos on the rise

Legislative breakfast highlights progress
The Colorado Statesman

The rise of Latino political power is a seismic change that took centuries to build, according to former Rep. Gloria Leyba, who spoke at Tuesday’s 24th Annual Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast.

The annual breakfast is sponsored by a host of groups that focus on women’s issues. Close to 300 attended the Tuesday morning gathering, which also featured a legislative panel that discussed how they got where they are.

House committee passes bill to curb driving under influence of marijuana

The Colorado Statesman

The latest effort to set a standard for driving under the influence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may finally draw enough support to pass.

Legislators have tried several times previously, including during last year’s special session, to set a limit of 5 nanograms (ng) as a standard for determining when a marijuana user is under the influence while operating a motor vehicle.

This year, the sponsors of House Bill 13-1114, Reps. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, are trying a different approach.

‘Boots to Suits’ aims to move vets into college

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Military veterans moving from military life to civilian life have gotten another tool to help with that process. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and CU Denver have created a “Boots to Suits” program that will move vets into college and then into a second transition into the business world.

Boots to Suits started just a year ago, part of the university’s Veteran Student Services office. About 60 veterans are already in the program, and another 25 are expected in the spring semester.

Hickenlooper finishes first session bill signings

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper has finished signing legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly, meeting the June 10 deadline for action.

Lamborn’s effort to cut NREL funding gets opposition from his own Republican Party

The Colorado Statesman

Fifth District Congressman Doug Lamborn’s effort to defund the Jefferson County-based National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) is getting some pushback from his fellow Republicans in Colorado.

Reapportionment Commission already approves first map

The Colorado Statesman

Two state senators could wind up in new districts under a preliminary map approved Monday by the state Reapportionment Commission.

Pace enters race in 3rd CD; Republicans pounce

The Colorado Statesman

House Minority Leader Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, ended months of speculation about his political future Tuesday and officially announced he will seek the Congressional District 3 seat currently held by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.