Marianne Goodland

Redistricting committee gets first public comments

The Colorado Statesman

LOVELAND — The Joint Select Committee on Redistricting hit the road Saturday for its first two public meetings on how it should draw the maps that will set new boundaries for the state’s congressional districts.

And it became apparent quickly that the battle lines in the 4th Congressional District might come down to how the committee deals with Longmont, or whether it decides to move three communities in the Northeastern part of the 2nd Congressional District into the 4th.

Capitol rally draws union supporters, opponents

Wisconsin public workers at center of controversy
The Colorado Statesman

A noisy noon gathering at the state Capitol Tuesday drew around 1,000 union supporters, who rallied in solidarity with Wisconsin public workers who are protesting at their state Capitol to keep collective bargaining rights.

Party-line votes keep instate tuition bill alive

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats’ latest effort to pass a bill granting instate tuition to undocumented students moved through two committees in the past week and was approved along party-lines both times.

New U.S. Census data means Colorado’s congressional districts will change

The Colorado Statesman

The U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday released more detailed data on the changes in Colorado’s population, revealing that the number of people in El Paso County has surged past those in Denver in the past decade.

According to the report, which is based on the 2010 census, El Paso County is now at 622,263, a 20 percent spike in the last decade. Denver County is at 600,158, up by 8.2 percent since 2000. Adams and Arapahoe counties also saw double-digit increases in their population, by 21.4 percent and 17.2 percent, respectively.

Washington judge tosses healthcare lawsuit, count now at 3-2

The Colorado Statesman

A Washington, D.C., judge Tuesday threw out a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s health care reform law.

Guv slashes 2011-12 budget, Dems outraged

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper Tuesday presented his plan to get the state into the black for 2011-12, but it has members of his own party seeing red.

Hickenlooper’s budget proposal would cut $375 million from K-12 education, and local school districts would take an additional $117 million hit in lost property tax revenues the state won’t backfill.

2010-11 budget balancing package passes House

The Colorado Statesman

One of the best chess matches of the session played out in the Colorado House this week, but contrary to any game where there are winners and losers, both sides said Wednesday they could claim victory. And legislators on both sides said the match likely foreshadows the battle to come, over the 2011-12 budget.

‘Kill Bill’ was theme of Capitol drama this week

The Colorado Statesman

A Feb. 17 deadline in the Senate meant that Senate committees were busy moving on bills this week. But none were busier than the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, which had 17 bills awaiting action through the end of the day Feb. 16.

Employee partnerships order still on the books

The Colorado Statesman

The second attempt by Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, to kill a 2007 executive order on employee partnerships fell by the wayside Monday. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed his Senate Bill 11-038 on a 3-2 party-line vote. However, Mitchell got a bit of encouragement for one facet of his concerns over the largest state employee union, Colorado WINS, from the Senate President Pro Tem.

Mesa State bill moves forward

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats mounted a furious effort this week to defeat a bill that could allow Mesa State College to opt-out of the state personnel system.