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Updated: Race heats up for state GOP chair; challenger House blasts Call for ‘missed opportunity’

The Colorado Statesman

Note: This story has been updated with breaking news on new candidate endorsements for Friday, February 13.

The race to head the Colorado Republican Party is heating up this week as county parties pick officers and bonus members to the state central committee, which will cast its votes for state chair and other positions next month.

Construction bill would curb lawsuits

The Colorado Statesman

What is expected to be the landmark bill of the 2015 legislative session was introduced Tuesday. Senate Bill 15-177 would amend Colorado’s construction defects law, first passed in 2001. Supporters, including four bipartisan lawmakers, say the bill will help address a dearth of affordable middle-class housing in Colorado, primarily in the condo market.

SB 177 is the third attempt in as many years to address what supporters claim is an inability of developers to build affordable condos because of fear of class-action lawsuits.

Starboard Group: An inside look at the Colorado GOP fundraiser-in-chief

The Colorado Statesman

When everything was said and done, all Katie Behnke and Kristin Strohm could do was wait. Wait and see what a string of caffeine-fueled, sleep-deprived months of endless phone calls, conversations and a flurry of hastily written checks would translate to in percentage points.

Would Cory Gardner clear the 50 percent hurdle? What about Mike Coffman? And his wife Cynthia? Wayne Williams?

The night turned into a triumphant whirl.

Dem chair candidates spar over party’s direction

The Colorado Statesman

The race for Colorado Democratic Party chair is nearing the home stretch as county parties wrap up reorganization meetings and contenders for the leadership position lob charges at one another.

Credit card transaction bill aims to reduce fees for small businesses

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to reduce the burden on small businesses that handle credit card transactions is pitting businesses against credit card companies, banks and the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

House Bill 15-1154 is sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, and Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver.

Current law requires businesses to send sales tax to the states. When those businesses accept credit cards, they are charged a percentage, usually 2 to 3 percent, as a fee by the credit card companies and banks. That fee is charged not only on the purchase but on the sales tax as well.

Should $5 million in state general fund dollars be appropriated under House Bill 1194 to distribute long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women across the state?


An interview with Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder

Birth control, in the opinion of state Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, is an economic issue that impacts the health and social wellbeing of women, children and families statewide. That’s why she is sponsoring House Bill 1194, which would appropriate $5 million in state general fund dollars to distribute long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women across the state. The funds would allow for the continuation of a four-year, grant-funded pilot project, implemented by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2009, to family planning clinics in 37 counties throughout the state.

Bipartisan House-Senate Israel Caucus hosts first gathering, Jerusalem screening

The Colorado Statesman

To the layperson accustomed to what might seem a steady stream of partisan bantering between elected politicians, an event Monday night in Denver may have come as a surprise. Had they walked into the Vine Street Pub at 6:30 p.m., they would have encountered a very bipartisan group of state representatives and state senators assembled around a large table, smiles on their faces, drinks in hand and lively conversation underway.

The Bipartisan Israel Caucus convened its first ever official meeting Monday to discuss just one topic: Israel and its important relationship with Colorado.

Bipartisan construction defects bill introduced, aiming to curb legal action, spur affordable housing

The Colorado Statesman

A bipartisan quartet of lawmakers Tuesday officially kicked off the next round in a years-long quarrel over how to deal with Colorado’s construction defects litigation statutes, a move that could possibly initiate the capstone undertaking of the 2015 legislative session.

Senate childcare bill faces uphill struggle

The Colorado Statesman

An effort to deregulate licensing requirements for childcare providers who serve up to nine children has run into trouble in its first committee in the Senate.

Thursday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reviewed Senate Bill 15-070, sponsored by its chair, Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud.

The bill would remove licensing, registration and other regulatory requirements for childcare providers who serve fewer than 10 children. Current state law caps the number of children cared for by an unlicensed provider at four or fewer.

New pols look at gun laws from other side

The Colorado Statesman

This week, the General Assembly began the process of dealing, once again, with legislation that seeks to repeal some of the controversial 2013 gun control laws.

Six legislators in the 2015 session can tie their 2014 elections either directly or indirectly to the 2013 gun debates. All of them own guns, some with lifelong histories with firearms, and three were part of Monday’s hearings in the House and Senate.