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More state revenue, more debate about budget cuts

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans on Monday said they remain set on fully restoring a property tax break for seniors related to the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, even in the face of Democrats saying they are open to restoring as much of the Senior Homestead Exemption as possible.

Bill to criminalize deceptive voting practices dies

The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers on Tuesday killed legislation that would have made deceptive voting practices in Colorado punishable by a prison sentence, though many of the legislators on the House committee still acknowledged the unsavory practice and called for increased oversight that could lead to prosecutions under existing law.

Telecom reform bill introduced at Legislature

Centurylink opposes phase-out of rural service provider subsidy
The Colorado Statesman

Telecommunications providers in Colorado are at odds over whether lawmakers should disconnect a piece of legislation that would bring the most significant pricing and regulatory updates to the industry in over two decades.

Reproductive rights, religious liberties clash at state Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

The polarizing and explosive national debate over contraceptive health care has erupted in Colorado with controversial rallies, legislation and ballot proposals that seemingly draw a clear line in the sand between government and religious liberties.

Assembly activities in full gear in Douglas County GOP stronghold

The Colorado Statesman

Like many of the Republicans gathering around the state for county assemblies this month, Highlands Ranch resident Arvina Barnes hasn’t been a very active participant in politics before this election season.

Candidates for DA plead their cases

GOP contenders debate at Arapahoe GOP Men's Club
The Colorado Statesman

What best qualifies a candidate to run for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District?

At a breakfast debate held at the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club in Greenwood Village early Wednesday morning, the four GOP candidates pled their cases.

Q&A with Democratic candidate Ethan Feldman

The Colorado Statesman

Ethan Feldman is the Democratic candidate for District Attorney in the 18th Judicial District. He has experience serving as chief deputy district attorney. He has also spent twelve years as a trial lawyer and over 20 years as an Arapahoe County judge.

Education Committee approves literacy bill

Hickenlooper testifies in favor of HB 1238
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper testified on Monday in favor of bipartisan House Bill 1238 which would improve literacy in early elementary school grades, drawing upon his own troubled experiences as a dyslexic student who was forced to repeat the seventh grade. The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Tom Massey, R-Poncha Springs, and Millie Hamner, D-Dillon.

Young candidates in a hurry to replace 'Old Guard'

The Colorado Statesman

A bumper crop of young candidates promises to shake things up at the statehouse by bringing a fresh perspective and energetic voices if they’re elected this fall.

Legislative Briefs: 3.16.12

VENTURE CAPITAL BILL DIES

The House Economic and Business Development Committee killed a bill on Tuesday on a Republican party-line vote that aimed to examine venture capital in Colorado.

Senate Bill 58, sponsored in the House by Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora, and in the Senate by Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, would have created a nine-member board to evaluate other states that are improving access to venture capital for companies and it would have looked at whether any of these models are creating successes and jobs.