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Senate approved increase in per diems for rural legislators

The Colorado Statesman

The debate over whether some state lawmakers would be receiving a 22 percent pay increase, or simply an increase in living expenses, came to an end Wednesday after the Senate approved a per diem increase for 41 lawmakers who live outside the Denver metro area.

Republican underdog hopeful despite long odds

Danny Stroud looking to upset incumbent Rep. DeGette in CD 1
The Colorado Statesman

The redistricting that was finalized last year has re-shaped the way Republican Danny Stroud views his chances of defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, even though he plans to run in what is considered the safest congressional district for Democrats in the state.

DeGette rolls out women's health Wednesdays

The Colorado Statesman

It’s known for being the middle of the work week, or “hump day,” but Wednesdays just took on a new meaning for members of Congress.

Janich joins primary race in 2nd Congressional District

The Colorado Statesman

Tom Janich announced this week he is seeking Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District race against two-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, raising the total of GOP candidates in the primary battle to three.

Udall, high-ranking military officials discuss national security at CELL event

The Colorado Statesman

The question of how to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions amounts to the “most vexing challenge” U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said he’s faced in all his years in Congress at a panel discussion on national security Wednesday night at the Denver Art Museum.

Amid fresh tension over reports Iran had blocked international inspectors from a nuclear facility, Udall cautioned against a rising drumbeat to attack the country, warning that brute force hasn’t always yielded the intended results in the troubled, complicated region.

Bradford moves on — but worries another shoe will fall

The Colorado Statesman

Embattled Republican state Rep. Laura Bradford wants to know what’s next.

In an exclusive interview with The Colorado Statesman this week, a shaken Bradford poured her frustrations over a string of controversies and personal turmoil over the last month that has left her fighting for her career and family.

Polis announces for reelection in newly configured CD 2

The Colorado Statesman

Nestled in between a medical marijuana dispensary and an eco-friendly furniture store on trendy Pearl St. in Boulder, about 50 supporters gathered at Congressman Jared Polis’ campaign headquarters Monday night as the two-term Democratic congressman launched his reelection campaign.

It was the second such event in two days, the first having taken place the night before at the Odell Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, a new part of the 2nd Congressional District.

Credit report bill discussion erupts into partisan name calling

The Colorado Statesman

A simple piece of legislation aimed at ending the use of credit reports by employers who make hiring decisions turned into one of the most personal and partisan attacks yet this year on the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, riled Republicans into the attacks on Tuesday during debate of Senate Bill 3, which ultimately passed the Democratic-controlled Senate on final reading with a party-line vote of 20-15. The vote brought to an end two straight days of debate.

Legislator spikes his own bill

Cites pressure from PERA
The Colorado Statesman

Republican Rep. Chris Holbert of Parker shocked observers on Thursday when he asked the House Finance Committee to kill his own bill. Critics said it would have reduced employer contributions to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association health care fund in such a way that health care subsidies provided to retirees would have been eliminated.

Holbert had come under fire from more than 1,200 PERA members over House Bill 1250 and he told the Committee that he could not move forward with the legislation.

Counties lose in attempt to regulate oil and gas practices

The Colorado Statesman

A series of bills aimed at balancing local versus state control of oil and gas regulations in Colorado were quickly drilled to their demise by the Legislature this month, along with legislation seeking to tighten controls over hydraulic fracturing practices by the industry.

The most recent attempt at defining whether local governments should be given the authority to regulate oil and gas practices was killed Monday on a Republican party-line vote of 6-4 by the House Local Government Committee. Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, was absent from the vote.