Legislative News

New GOP senators sworn in

Herpin and Rivera replace Democrats Morse and Giron
The Colorado Statesman

The recall of two Democratic state senators came to an emotional end on Thursday as their Republican successors were sworn into office to thunderous applause by those who had been leading and watching the drive for the past six months.

Sens. Bernie Herpin of Colorado Springs and George Rivera of Pueblo have replaced Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, respectively.

Legislators plan for telecom reform bill in next session

Departure of Sen. Morse changes dynamic at Capitol
The Colorado Statesman

Telecommunications executives and lawmakers who for years have been trying to update Colorado’s decades-old laws regulating the industry are hopeful that next year will finally be the year to connect.

Much of the optimism rests with a change in the makeup of the legislature after recall elections ousted two Democrats: Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

Recall proponents still bristling

Claim state GOP dissed them; Chairman Call says otherwise
The Colorado Statesman

The revolutionary spirit held by proponents of two successful Colorado recalls appears to be gaining in strength without political borders. The message is simple: “no one is safe.”

Proponents of the two recalls earlier this month that ousted Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo — both Democrats — have now set their sights on “establishment Republicans,” with the current target being state GOP Chairman Ryan Call.

Colorado Republicans welcome new senators-elect at party reception

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The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans gathered on Sept. 20 for a reception honoring their two new senators-elect — Bernie Herpin from Colorado Springs and George Rivera of Pueblo. The two Republicans were victors in the Sept. 10 recall elections of Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron.

Baisley elected new vice chair of state GOP

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Republican Party central committee on Saturday in Denver elected a new vice chairman who hopes to offer a grassroots balance to Chairman Ryan Call’s agenda.

Douglas County Republican Mark Baisley, who challenged Call earlier this year for the chairmanship, will replace Don Ytterberg of Jefferson County, who is exiting in order to explore a run for congress in the 7th Congressional District.

Gessler officially in governor’s race

The Colorado Statesman

After months of speculation, the fearless conservative secretary of state, Scott Gessler, officially announced his campaign to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2014. But how the political world analyzes Gessler’s brazen approach to politics differs between parties.

Levy to leave Legislature early for new job

Vacancy committee will choose Boulder Democrat’s replacement
The Colorado Statesman

Four-term Democratic state Rep. Claire Levy of Boulder has resigned to become executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. She will miss her final year at the legislature to advocate for the progressive organization around economic, health care and fiscal issues for low-income Coloradans.

“I truly love the Colorado General Assembly, and I will miss my colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” said the longtime lawmaker. “But as my time as a legislator grew short, I began to think about ways I could continue to make Colorado a better place for all of its citizens.”

Giron recalled; Pueblo voters ambush the pundits

The Colorado Statesman

Fighting your way south from Denver through the quasi-permanent orange cone zones that beset I-25, you are abruptly reminded of the character of El Paso County politics as you cross the Douglas County line. A discreet sign announces you will henceforth be traveling on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. Then, crossing into Pueblo County, I-25 becomes the John F. Kennedy Highway. However, there was no ‘yin and yang’ between these neighbors on Tuesday evening, when voters in both counties tossed their Democratic Senators in favor of replacements.

Morse goes down with political hit

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats were unable to dodge a major bullet Tuesday night when two state senators became the first in Colorado history to be recalled from office. Tears streamed down faces of supporters as Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron were ousted following their votes this year of stricter gun control.

In Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs, 17,858 voters cast ballots, with 51 percent supporting the recall of Morse, while 49 percent opposed it. Morse only lost by 343 votes.

Chicken incident ruffled feathers, but Poverty Task Force prevails

Despite nitpicking & bickering, Kefalas cites bipartisan progress
The Colorado Statesman

The work of an interim legislative task force examining ways to reduce poverty in Colorado has become overshadowed by distracting racial controversies. But despite all the public attention, members of the bipartisan interim committee say they are making progress and hope to submit a package of bills for the full legislature to consider when they reconvene in January.