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Felony DUI bill gets nod in Senate Judiciary committee, moves on to Finance

The Colorado Statesman

The Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday morning unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would make repeated drunk driving a felony offense in the state of Colorado.

House Bill 15-1043, with Senate sponsors John Cooke, R-Greeley, a member of the Judiciary committee, and Mike Johnston, D-Denver, got a 5-0 nod after several victims of accidents involving drunk driving and their family members had delivered emotional testimony.

Letter: Another reason to oppose TPP

Thank you for reporting on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in your recent article, Trans-Pacific trade agreement supporters, opponents spar.

I would like to make an important clarification to that article, which references the ability for foreign countries — through state-owned enterprises — and foreign companies “to sue the U.S. government”. That lawsuit provision, referred to as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), already exists in previous trade deals, such as NAFTA.

Former governors back Hick on student testing standards

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper brought in a couple of heavy hitters this week to push back against legislative efforts that would dramatically reduce standardized testing in schools.

Hickenlooper was joined by former Govs. Bill Owens, a Republican, and Roy Romer, a Democrat, during a Capitol press conference, Wednesday, where the three men championed state testing as a vital component of a student’s development.

ELECTIONS

Denver candidates grapple with growth

The Colorado Statesman

When ballots are counted in the Denver municipal races on the night of May 5, the city is almost certain to wind up with familiar faces in citywide and district offices while at the same time greeting an unusually large number of newcomers to city government.

Burning quesiton to refund pot money

The Colorado Statesman

When it comes to marijuana taxes, Colorado voters will probably be asking themselves in November — “Haven’t we done this already?”

Twice voters have approved ballot measures having to do with marijuana pot taxes and how they would be used. But the Taxpayer Bill of Rights requires that voters will have to take up the issue once again.

“Well it is deja vu all over again,” said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. “But TABOR is forcing us to vote again.”

Hudson: Holocaust remembrance attracts Colorado pols

The Colorado Statesman

Temple Emanuel in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood was filled nearly to bursting despite a wet, snowy evening last Thursday for the 34th Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional observance of the Shoah. Several dozen survivors of the camps were recognized together with a bi-partisan smattering of Colorado’s elected officials in attendance, including a strong showing from Denver candidates for municipal seats. The keynote speaker, Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Joseph Mengele’s demented medical experiments with twins, proved a tiny yet feisty, funny and inspiring keynote speaker.

Gov’s TABOR plan draws lukewarm reception

The Colorado Statesman

The 2015 legislative session began with Gov. John Hickenlooper touting the state’s economic successes. It may end with him lamenting the economic problems that couldn’t be solved.

Last week, the governor sent lawmakers a letter, suggesting how they could resolve contradictory fiscal laws that limit the state’s ability to fund certain infrastructure priorities.

Fetal homicide bill opponents cry personhood

The Colorado Statesman

A bill that would create a murder charge for the killing of an unborn child cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, following a committee hearing that often centered around abortion.

Senate Bill 268 would allow prosecutors to file charges that include murder in cases where pregnant women are attacked.

The bill is a reaction to the gruesome March 18 attack on Michelle Wilkins of Longmont, whose 7-month-old fetus died after being cut from her womb.

OPINION

Zvonek: Call it like it is, Gov. Hickenlooper

GUEST COLUMNIST

“The check is in the mail” used to be the go-to excuse for those hoping to keep their debtors at bay. And, if Gov. Hickenlooper has his way, Colorado taxpayers will be hearing that line a lot more often when they look for their Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) refund checks.

Senate committee kills chokehold ban bill, 7 other police bills still make rounds in Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of cases of apparent police brutality dominating headlines from Ferguson to North Carolina, Baltimore and all the way to Denver, lawmakers in Colorado this week took further action on a package of 10 bills aimed at restoring the public’s trust in the work of law enforcement.

A portion of the two handfuls of legislative proposals got unanimous support across chambers and aisles.