Legislative News

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.”

New House member KC Becker takes the oath

Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, was sworn in Nov. 4, officially becoming the newest member of the state House of Representatives.

Becker took the oath of office at the House podium. Chief Justice Michael Bender of the Colorado Supreme Court administered the oath before an audience that included Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, and other legislators, and Rep. Becker’s family.

GOP Walsh seeks to oust U.S. Rep. DeGette in 2014

Challenger says he wants to be “big tent” candidate
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans are under no illusion that defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in 2014 will be anything but an uphill climb — to say the least.

In the heavily Democratic-leaning Congressional District 1, DeGette has reigned supreme since 1996, earning her the title of “dean” of the Colorado delegation, and a position as chief deputy whip.

Recall proponents take aim at Hudak

The Colorado Statesman

On a warm, sunny Saturday morning in early October, proponents in a quiet Arvada neighborhood are readying their campaign signs for yet another recall of a state lawmaker.

Empowered by two successful recalls over the summer that ousted the Senate president and a fellow Democratic colleague, recall proponents are energized to target another Democrat, Sen. Evie Hudak of Westminster, over her support for gun control.

Senator Udall and Secretary Panetta discuss leadership in shaping global security

Long-term impact of government shutdown also discussed during CELL event
The Colorado Statesman

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta joined U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in Denver on Oct. 17 for a candid conversation on national security and troubled domestic issues, including the recent federal government shutdown and spying by the U.S. on its own citizens.