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Call, House GOP state chair race down to final hours

Election happening this Saturday in Castle Rock
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans meet this weekend to elect a state chairman in the wake of sweeping wins at the polls in November, although the incumbent chair Ryan Call and his challenger, Steve House, have sharply different interpretations of last fall’s results.

Protestors greet Bennet launch

Bennet defends Keystone XL Pipeline vote at campaign kickoff event
The Colorado Statesman

Dozens of protesters greeted arrivals at the campaign kick-off for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s reelection bid on Sunday in Denver, demanding that the Democrat reconsider his stance on the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline and its potential effect on the climate.

Club 20 appoints new executive director

Reece moved to Club 20 from Rep. Scott Tipton's office
The Colorado Statesman

Club 20 was founded in 1953 to enable Western Slope cities, counties and businesses to speak with one voice to the state legislature in Denver.

Today, the venerable 62-year-old lobbying organization is being led by one of its youngest executive directors, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-CD 3, named Christian Reece.

Throwback Thursday: 'News from Yesteryear'

Looking back 15, 25, 35 years ago this week
The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … columnist Norman Duncan revealed in a front-page story why he had changed his registration after being a “SERIOUS Democrat” since childhood. “I found it harder and harder to support the party I perceived as a total captive of special interests,” Duncan wrote, faulting the party for backing affirmative action long after it was clear the policy wasn’t working as intended and for supporting teacher unions when they were more interested in protecting the jobs of educators than in teaching children.

Following election integrity footsteps in Selma

Special to The Statesman

Last week I joined tens of thousands to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to celebrate the progress made since officials bloodied brave activists for protesting lack of access to their voting rights. But, 50 years later, citizen volunteers including myself are still working long hours for expanded voting rights. We want reasonable access to an anonymous and verifiable paper ballot. And we want an election process that allows citizens to verify accuracy and fairness.

Hick implies 'Real misgivings' with repealing mag ban

Senate Judiciary passes magazine ban repeal bill
The Colorado Statesman

While Senate Republicans this week celebrated bipartisan support for a bill repealing a 2013 law limiting the size of ammunition magazines, Governor Hickenlooper hinted a veto may be in the cards, should the bill reach his desk.

Hickenlooper recaps legislature's first half

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the slow start to the 2015 legislative session Wednesday, calling it “probably a good thing” that fewer laws will make it to his desk this year. The General Assembly crossed the midpoint of its 2015 session last Saturday, and as of press time the Governor had signed only twenty four bills into law, including twenty-one on Wednesday. It's been the fewest bills to reach his desk by mid-session since he took office in 2011.

Microbeads under Senate microscope

Ban passes final legislative test
The Colorado Statesman

A bill banning the manufacture and sale of personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads achieved final Senate approval on Wednesday, but not without a science lesson from one of the bill’s opponents.

House Bill 15-1144 sailed through its Senate committee hearing and final passage without amendment but not without challenge.

Rep. Klingenschmitt distributes controversial letter to colleagues

The Colorado Statesman

A two page, single spaced letter from one legislator became the talk of the Capitol this week.

On Tuesday, the House voted 35 to 29, with Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction, siding with the Democratic caucus, to pass House Bill 15-1175. The bill would have prohibited state-licensed therapists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from providing gay conversion therapy for minors under the age of 18.