Legislative News

Kopp announces for guv; refrains from attacking Hick

The Colorado Statesman

Surrounded by his family at Red Rocks Amphitheater early Tuesday morning, former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp announced he is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper next year.

Kopp became the fifth Republican to announce a gubernatorial bid, as the GOP clamors to unseat Hickenlooper. He joins state Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray, Secretary of State Scott Gessler from Denver and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Lakewood. Also vying for his party’s nod is underdog Jim Rundberg from Moffat.

Senate Dems elect new leadership

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Democrats on Wednesday chose Morgan Carroll of Aurora to lead them as their next Senate president after a bitter recall election ousted their former chief.

The caucus election was free of political fireworks as Carroll was elected unanimously without other nominations offered. There had been rumors that Sen. Mary Hodge of Brighton would also be nominated, but that never came to fruition.

Legislature forms bipartisan Flood Recovery Committee

Legislative Council finalized a special legislative committee to address issues surrounding the recovery from last month’s Front Range flooding, and the four caucuses at the Capitol announced the legislative appointments this week.

Personhood proponents submit 139,650 sigs

Measure for 2014 ballot focuses on fetal homicide
The Colorado Statesman

Motivated by a grassroots uprising this summer that ousted two sitting Democratic state senators, proponents of a ballot initiative that would ask voters in 2014 to define an unborn child as a “person” say they are likely to target Republicans who don’t support their anti-abortion movement.

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

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.