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Joint Budget Committee already looking at numbers

Governor submitted budget before Election Day; TABOR refunds could be considered
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado law requires the Governor to issue an annual budget proposal each year on the first Monday in November. Since the six members of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee ultimately draft the state’s budget, it is often argued this can prove a wasted exercise. When the Governor’s party controls one or more of the legislative chambers, his or her budget proposal enjoys some chance of being considered. Otherwise, a Governor’s preferences can be and generally are ignored by the JBC.

Thankful for Regis Groff

... and his family for paying it forward

With the 2014 elections now behind us and the airwaves finally devoid of those constant blithering attack ads, we can safely breathe a sigh of relief and move on to the Thanksgiving holiday. In expressing gratitude for our many blessings, we need to realize that despite the especially rough and tumble election season that we all just witnessed, there is still a lot to be said for our form of democracy, which allows for free elections and freedom of speech.

Colorado Association of Home Builders announces new leadership, lobbying team

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The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Association of Home Builders, in its 40th year serving more than 2,000 member businesses statewide, has announced new leadership and formed a partnership with two leading government relations firms to continue its mission to provide access to safe, decent and affordable housing.

Roxane White leaves indelible mark on state government

The Colorado Statesman

A large and eclectic crowd of movers and shakers from the political, business and non-profit arenas gathered at the Executive Residence on Nov. 13 to honor — and bid adieu — to one of the most powerful figures in state government. Even though she hasn’t held an elective office, Roxane White has long been considered a firecracker of a force as Gov.

Zengo’s Taste of Cabo menu available through Dec. 31

The Colorado Statesman

You’re going to go to Zengo and you’re going to like it. That’s not an order; it’s a prediction.

New leadership for House Democrats

Hullinghorst to be Speaker; Duran is new majority leader
The Colorado Statesman

Except for the unanimous decision by the House Democratic caucus to designate Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Democrat from Boulder, to serve as the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives for the 70th General Assembly — and that was indeed monumental — most of the remaining leadership elections on Nov. 14 more closely resembled minor intra-party squabbles where candidates vied for office, albeit with a heightened sense of congeniality.

Senate Republicans score majority status

Quarterback Bill Cadman says his team of 18 winners is ready to go on the offensive
The Colorado Statesman

There were plenty of high fives to go around at the Senate Republicans caucus last week as members of the GOP team rejoiced in having successfully punted the political football across the goal line for an 18-17 victory on the big Nov. 4 game day. At a Tuesday morning rehash of all the action, Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, was the consensus pick for MVP and tapped Senate president-designate. He will report to camp on Jan. 7 for opening day of the new legislative season.

Senate Dems urged to make lemonade out of lemons

...And don’t forget to add a little vodka, Sen. Nancy Todd jokingly advises
The Colorado Statesman

When Senate Democrats caucused on Nov. 15 to elect leadership for the 70th General Assembly, which convenes on Jan. 7, the tone of the meeting was hardly reminiscent of the past few years when they had majority status. Gone were the boisterous cheers and giddiness that ushered in the new Democratic majority back in 2004 and every session since then.

House Republicans elect leadership for session

DelGrosso reelected as minority leader; Conti ousted as caucus chair in three-way race where candidates discussed dietary needs of members
The Colorado Statesman

House Republicans were the first to hold their leadership elections, even though the exact size of their caucus was still undetermined several days after the Nov. 4 election. But the trend was apparent, and members came to grips that despite early returns, which actually showed them closing in on grabbing control of the House away from Democrats, they once again would be relegated to minority status. Democrats will control the chamber 34-31 in the new session.

GOP triumphs in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, stoking widespread discontent with President Barack Obama, toppled Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Tuesday, scoring the first major statewide win by a Colorado Republican in a dozen years.

“Is there anybody here from Yuma?” Gardner asked an ecstatic crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center at the state GOP’s election night party, referencing the small town on the Eastern Plains where his family has lived for generations. “Tonight, we shook up the Senate,” he shouted. “You shook up the Senate!”