Legislative News

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.

Ideas, but no consensus on 252 committee

The Colorado Statesman

It appears that there won’t be any formal recommendations on changes to the law created by Senate Bill 13-252. The advisory committee charged with coming up with recommendations failed to come to consensus on any of the suggested changes proposed during the committee’s Sept. 4 meeting.

In their first meeting July 10 the group decided that any formal recommendations had to be approved by consensus; any opposition meant the recommendations would not go forward.

Another tumultuous week leading to recall elections

Big money, huge endorsements, countless campaign ads, and some major court decisions!
The Colorado Statesman

The seemingly never-ending soap opera that is the Colorado recall election took many more twists and turns this week, including a glimpse into massive campaign finance spending that has proven to be anything but grassroots, and complicated court rulings that have altered the direction of administering the Sept. 10 election.

Delegation addresses biz community at CACI congressional luncheon

Partisan split is obvious as members discuss energy, health care and immigration
The Colorado Statesman

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Wednesday spoke to the state’s business community, covering a range of issues including energy, health care, immigration and regulatory affairs.

The partisan split was obvious — and expected — between the six congressional leaders from the U.S. House who spoke at the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s inaugural congressional luncheon at the downtown Westin Hotel in Denver. Despite promising to work together on a range of topics, the ideological gap between the Republican and Democratic lawmakers appeared to run deep.

Comments by Marble elicit quick reaction

State senator comes under fire for remarks about diets of blacks, Latinos
The Colorado Statesman

Republican state Sen. Vicki Marble’s comments this week linking poor health within black and Latino communities to diets including barbecue chicken has led to Democrats declaring open season on Republicans.

For Democrats and critics of the Republican Party, her poorly chosen words offer the secret recipe for a “finger-lickin’” opportunity to pounce on a party that they have continually accused of being antiquated, disconnected and insensitive to minorities.

Colorado should lead country to fix national debt

Lamm, Coffman agree about spiraling effects
The Colorado Statesman

This story was updated on Sept. 2 to reflect comments from Fix the Debt concerning their fundraising.

Colorado ought to lead the nation in finding solutions to an overwhelming national debt that left unchecked may force the United States into the same kind of austerity measures that now plague the European economy.

Political gunfire erupts in both recall campaigns

The Colorado Statesman

The first-ever Colorado recall season is in full swing as two Democrats — Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo — defend themselves against an onslaught of political gunfire.

The two lawmakers face recall elections after supporting a package of gun control measures this year at the legislature, including banning high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds and requiring universal background checks and fees.

The recall elections are the first in Colorado history for sitting state lawmakers.