Marianne Goodland

Lawsuit aims to toss TABOR amendment

The Colorado Statesman

Nearly 19 years after voters adopted the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, and one year after a TABOR time-out expired, a group of 34 bipartisan plaintiffs have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Denver to throw out the tax limitation amendment as unconstitutional.

Reapportionment for statehouse districts under way

The Colorado Statesman

The first hearing to solicit public testimony how to redraw the boundaries of Colorado’s state House and Senate districts will take place next Tuesday.

Winners and losers in biz, education, health care

The Colorado Statesman

One might expect that a pro-business Democratic governor and a divided General Assembly would result in little gained in the 2011 session, but many business and civic organizations had lots to cheer about in the past week.

Williams will not face indictment in Texas

The Colorado Statesman

A Hartley County, Texas grand jury has decided not to charge Colorado state Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, in the Dec. 26, 2010 traffic accident that claimed the life of a pregnant Amarillo, Texas resident.

Bills fizzle amidst end of session commotion

The Colorado Statesman

Amidst the commotion that accompanied the end of the 2011 legislative session were at least a half-dozen controversial bills that never quite made it through the process, and the General Assembly took the unusual step of overriding Gov. John Hickenlooper’s vetoes on the 2011 Long Appropriations Bill.

Reapportionment commission begins work

The Colorado Statesman

The 11-member reapportionment commission hit the ground running on Monday with a three-hour hearing to review state demographics, the legal criteria and case law, and how it would proceed to draw new state Senate and House districts.

Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar — that’s Italian

The Colorado Statesman

When filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes to Denver, where does he go to eat and what does he drink?

You might find him sipping on a 2004 bottle of wine from the Villa Donoratico winery, which is what’s sitting in his wine locker this week at the Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar at 1700 Wynkoop.

Casso to seek end to General Assembly redistricting

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of the failure of the General Assembly to draw new congressional boundaries during the 2011 session, Rep. Ed Casso, D-Thornton, announced Monday he will sponsor legislation in the 2012 session to end that requirement and turn it over to an independent commission.

‘Hummers’ pokes fun at majority Republicans in House

Annual spoof lets Dems tease GOP colleagues
The Colorado Statesman

First-time majority House Republicans this week got a strong taste of what life is really like for the majority — getting skewered by the House Democrats in the annual end-of-session Hummers, the traditional spoof by members of the minority party during the last days of the legislative session.

No dice for redistricting this session

The Colorado Statesman

The effort by lawmakers at the state Capitol to draw new congressional district lines died one day before the end of the 2011 legislative session.