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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?

POLICY OUTREACH SPECIALIST WITH ADVOCACY DENVER

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.

‘Best is yet to come’: Hancock announces his reelection bid

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock launched his bid for a second term on Tuesday, boasting that the city has rebounded from the recession and has “a vibrant economy firing on all cylinders,” with every reason to be optimistic about the future.

Rural Caucus to meet Feb. 18

The Colorado Statesman

Two-thirds of the Colorado General Assembly live in the state’s population centers along the Front Range. Over the last several years, rural legislators outside the Front Range have complained that some of their urban cousins don’t understand the rural way of life, which has led to heated battles over gun rights, energy and agriculture. It has also led to the formation of a caucus that, its members hope, will lead to a better understanding of rural issues.

Palacio under fire from challengers for Dem performance

The Colorado Statesman

The three candidates in the race for Colorado Democratic Party chair agree that the party needs to retool in the wake of defeats in the last election but differ sharply on how much change is necessary and who to blame.

Democrats will decide at the end of the month whether to elect chair Rick Palacio to a third term or to hand over the reins to David Sabados, a Denver-based campaign consultant, or Vic Meyers, the Trinidad rancher who lost a congressional bid in November.