Legislative News

Restoration of Capitol dome is golden opportunity to let Colorado’s resilience shine

The Colorado Statesman

Even though completion of the Capitol dome restoration project isn’t expected until the summer of 2014, architects and state leaders behind the ambitious job are already expressing excitement as the project reached a crucial milestone with the application of new gold leaf.

Since erection of the scaffolding began in fall 2010, crews have been working their way toward applying brand new gold leaf over the copper-clad dome. Contractors are applying approximately 140,000, 3 1⁄8” x 3 1⁄8” gold leaves on top of copper that covers the dome.

‘Stand strong’ is message of gun control advocates

The Colorado Statesman

Gun control advocates are asking Coloradans to “stand strong” in the midst of warning shots fired by gun rights groups that have created a seemingly endless election cycle in Colorado by seeking to recall lawmakers who support new gun laws.

At a rally Monday at the Capitol led by Colorado Ceasefire, gun control lobbyists and victims of gun violence lambasted the latest attempt to recall a state lawmaker for supporting tough gun control.

New oil, gas rules stir up controversy

Hickenlooper’s attempts at dealing with air pollution lauded by enviros
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday stood with energy leaders and one environmental group to push for oil and gas air pollution rules that would include reducing methane emissions.

But the governor — who has experienced an increasingly tense relationship with environmentalists, a core base of his Democratic Party — still has a lot of work ahead of him if he’s to win the trust of the environmental world.

RMGO lobbyist Neville off the hook on alleged ethics violation — for now

But Legislative Council admonishes Neville for not participating in investigative process
The Colorado Statesman

A strategy by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners lobbyist Joe Neville to not fully participate in an ethics investigation against him could be viewed for the time being as a brilliant legal and political chess move.

Neville, who is accused of threatening political retribution on Republican Rep. Cheri Gerou of Evergreen during the last session, will not immediately face punishment because the executive committee of the Legislative Council did not have enough evidence to prove that he actually violated an ethics rule.

Republican candidates pick on Hick

But mostly agree with each other on the main issues in the race
The Colorado Statesman

Four of Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial candidates met Wednesday evening for their first joint forum in what was a mostly cordial exchange — until the end.

Appearing in a live studio audience taping of “The Aaron Harber Show,” the four candidates — former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Sen. Greg Brophy — were asked whether they plan on pledging to maintain a polite and respectful debate throughout the primary.

No fireworks among GOP guv candidates

The Colorado Statesman

COMCAST’s Westworks Studio in Centennial was the site for the first debate in 2014’s Colorado Republican primary campaign for governor. Aaron Harber, local political talk show host, gathered up four of the declared candidates who yearn to return John Hickenlooper to his brewpub barstool in LODO. The field is likely to grow after the first of the year as additional aspirants scurry to put exploratory committees in place.

Amendment 66 handily defeated

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans on Tuesday night were quick to seize the political opportunity to attack Democrats following failure of a nearly $1 billion tax increase for education reform in Colorado.

But Democrats are carefully steering clear of partisan wrangling, suggesting that Coloradans agree with the premise of Amendment 66. They just differ on how to get there.

High turnout for tax on pot

The Colorado Statesman

When Colorado voters this time last year backed legalizing recreational marijuana, Gov. John Hickenlooper had a tongue-in-cheek reply: “Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly,” he responded, causing ire within the legalization community.

After the election, alarm claxons should be blaring

Can you hear them at Dem headquarters and in the Guv’s office?
The Colorado Statesman

Americans love fads. Whether it was hula-hoops on the playground, or new math in our schools, or management by objectives on the job, we could hardly wait to embrace the very latest rage. Granola, Pilates, gluten free everything — bring them on! Following the successful recall of two state senators by populist mobs and the clobbering Colorado voters administered to Amendment 66 on Election Day, it appears the progressive agenda for the Centennial State is trapped on a careening bus without brakes headed for a precipice.

Duran takes over as JBC Chair

Hick appears before JBC, calls budget process national model  

Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, is the new chairwoman of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Budget Committee.

“Last year we worked in a bipartisan way to really come up with a strong budget for the state of Colorado, while also being fiscally prudent,” Duran said after the outgoing committee chairman, Sen. Pat Steadman, handed her the gavel. “I look forward to working with both sides of the aisle to do that again this year.”