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Democratic-backed elections reform bill heads to Guv

Republicans cry foul, call bill a sham
The Colorado Statesman

The Senate on Thursday backed sweeping elections reform legislation that has polarized the legislature, resulting in marathon debate that kicked off Tuesday when Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, moved for the entire 126 pages to be read at length.

The Democratic-controlled Senate passed House Bill 1303 by a party-line vote of 20-15, despite the stall tactic. Amendments were later approved by the House, which sent the bill to Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, for his signature.

Judicial Center embodies Ralph Carr’s ideals

Special to The Colorado Statesman

A constellation of Colorado’s legal and political stars gathered Thursday to dedicate a $258 million monument to justice named after a former governor who sacrificed his political career rather than betray the rule of law.

Supreme ‘Rock Star’ connects with Colorado youths

Special to The Colorado Statesman

Justice isn’t always blind — sometimes, it’s kind.

That was the message projected Thursday by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic ever named to the nation’s highest court and only the third woman to serve on the tribunal.

Daniels Fund Scholars enjoy Capitol surprise

The Colorado Statesman

Bill Daniels, the legendary pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, must have been smiling from above as he watched the action on the floor of the Colorado House chambers on April 22.

A group of surprised students learned that morning that they had received the Daniels Scholarship following the reading of a resolution by Rep. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, recognizing the outstanding efforts of the nearly 3,000 candidates for the Daniels Scholarship this year.

Mother Nature has delivered...

But drought still lingers
The Colorado Statesman

The frequent and heavy snowfall this month has flummoxed meteorologists, left drivers cursing and put broad smiles on the faces of the folks at Denver Water.

When officials at the state’s largest water utility declared a Stage 2 Drought and put in place the harshest watering restrictions in over a decade at the beginning of April, they mentioned that another seven or so feet of snow might help — and that’s nearly what Mother Nature has delivered. There’s even time left for more fresh powder, though none was in the forecast at press time.

Management of water resources will impact Colorado’s economy and quality of life

The Colorado Statesman

Despite increasing pressures on Colorado’s fragile water supply in the coming decades, competing interests — cities, industries, agriculture, recreation and environmental groups — could all be satisfied if the state takes a smart approach to growth combined with revamping antiquated policies governing how the precious resource gets used.

U.S. Forest Service faces watered-down directive from General Assembly on water rights of ski areas

The Colorado Statesman

In its waning days, the General Assembly is preparing to tell the U.S. Forest Service “hands off” on the water rights held by Colorado’s 22 ski areas. However, the measures introduced to do that have been substantially watered down in recent weeks.

Silent March against gun violence is ‘soleful’

The Colorado Statesman

Nearly 1,800 pairs of shoes filled the west steps of the State Capitol on Thursday, symbolic of the more than 7,000 Coloradans felled by gunfire in the years since the Columbine Massacre, said organizers of the so-called Silent March to bring attention to victims of gun violence.

“Shoe” of support for ‘One Day Without Shoes’

The Colorado Statesman

They weren’t making a fashion statement. It also wasn’t an attempt on the day following Tax Day to show that the tax man had taken everything, including their shoes.

Bill would form uniform sales tax base in Colorado

And Jake Jabs’ stress level would go down
The Colorado Statesman

It isn’t often that you see Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol team up to deal with sales tax issues, but that’s the case with a new bill that seeks to simplify the process for dealing with certain municipal tax districts.

Reps. Kathleen Conti, R-Littleton, and Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills, are the main sponsors of House Bill 13-1288, dubbed the “Establish Statewide Uniform Sales & Use Tax Base” bill.