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Senate approves budget with overwhelmingly bipartisan support

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper likes to brag about Colorado’s bipartisan approach to politics, often saying, “Unlike Washington, D.C., we have shown the rest of the country that Colorado is a place where things get done.”

Fresh choices in new Senate District 35

The Colorado Statesman

One of only four Democratic legislative primary contests this year will take place in the newly drawn Senate District 35, where voters will have the choice between two energetic political newcomers.

A lot to celebrate on Earth Day

Governmental actions lead the way
The Colorado Statesman

Environmental and conservation groups in Colorado have much to cheer about as Earth Day approaches on April 22, celebrating an appreciation of the earth’s natural environment and resources that has played out at the Legislature and across state and local governments.

A good education leads to a good job

Will Colorado make the grade?
The Colorado Statesman

A who’s who of education leaders spanning the political, advocacy and business worlds in Colorado lined up on Monday for a discussion of education and how it relates to jobs and the economy.

House comes together to support state budget

Only one vote against $19 billion plan
The Colorado Statesman

In a remarkable display of bipartisanship following a legislative session filled with bickering over how to fund the state budget, the House on Thursday backed a $7.5 billion general fund spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year by a vote of 64-1.

House Democrats still hoping to find a Republican sponsor for civil unions bill

The Colorado Statesman

A bill to establish civil unions still lacks a House sponsor nearly two months after passing out of a Senate committee, but that’s because Democrats shepherding the measure remain intent on finding a Republican to champion the legislation before sending it over to the GOP-controlled chamber, backers said this week.

Controversial ASSET bill passes Senate

No debate on third reading
The Colorado Statesman

In one of the most unusual decisions by the Legislature this session, senators from both sides of the aisle on Monday declined to move for final Senate floor debate on a measure seeking to create a reduced tuition rate for undocumented immigrants, despite the bill being one of the most controversial and talked about bills of the year.

Groups sue Gessler over campaign finance rules

The Colorado Statesman

A pair of liberal watchdog groups sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler last week claiming that an extensive overhaul of state campaign finance rules wasn’t authorized by statute or the Colorado constitution.

SoS Gessler miffed at ‘game-playing’ by Dems

The Colorado Statesman

A crucial bill to conservative Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s elections reform agenda has been “hijacked” by Democrats, according to Republican critics, all in the name of voters who become inactive simply because they did not vote in the previous even-year general election. Democrats say those voters should be given the opportunity to return a mail ballot, and so they have amended a bill originally pushed by Gessler in a game of “political chess” that has Republicans seeing red.