Legislative News

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.

Recall elections revised; no Supreme Court review

Make room for the Libertarian candidate in upcoming recall elections
The Colorado Statesman

Recall elections to oust Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo were once again thrown into flux this week after a Denver District Court judge’s ruling essentially made mail-ballot voting impossible. A few days later, the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the case on appeal and let the District Court ruling stand.

Judge Robert McGahey ruled from the bench Monday evening after hearing a day’s worth of arguments on a lawsuit brought by the Colorado Libertarian Party.

‘Good bipartisan policy’ is goal of new leg director

Tracee Bentley replaces Christine Scanlan as Hickenlooper’s liaison
The Colorado Statesman

Tracee Bentley acknowledges that she has big shoes to fill. As Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new legislative director, she is replacing former Rep. Christine Scanlan, a Democrat, who served the governor since he was elected in 2010.

“They’re so big I don’t think I can fill them,” Bentley laughed as she described the changing of the guard in the governor’s legislative office. “But I’ll do my best.”

Advisory committee says SB 252 is feasible, but…

The Colorado Statesman

The advisory committee trying to decide whether SB 13-252 is feasible is closing in on an answer: “Yes, but.”

The committee met Wednesday to review the legislation in-depth and discuss just how much it would cost for the two impacted rural electric co-ops to meet the 20 percent renewable energy standard (RES) required under SB 252. That standard must be met by 2020.

Ballots set for legislative recall elections

Sens. Morse, Giron will face voters on Sept. 10; campaigns in full gear
The Colorado Statesman

With legal challenges behind, campaigns are in full swing in Senate Districts 3 and 11 where Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo and Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs are facing recalls. For political observers, the odd-year summer battles are historic. The two recalls are the first for sitting lawmakers in state history.

But what will happen on Sept. 10 when clerks in El Paso and Pueblo counties hold elections is still very much up in the air.