Legislative News

New pols look at gun laws from other side

The Colorado Statesman

This week, the General Assembly began the process of dealing, once again, with legislation that seeks to repeal some of the controversial 2013 gun control laws.

Six legislators in the 2015 session can tie their 2014 elections either directly or indirectly to the 2013 gun debates. All of them own guns, some with lifelong histories with firearms, and three were part of Monday’s hearings in the House and Senate.

‘Best is yet to come’: Hancock announces his reelection bid

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock launched his bid for a second term on Tuesday, boasting that the city has rebounded from the recession and has “a vibrant economy firing on all cylinders,” with every reason to be optimistic about the future.

Rural Caucus to meet Feb. 18

The Colorado Statesman

Two-thirds of the Colorado General Assembly live in the state’s population centers along the Front Range. Over the last several years, rural legislators outside the Front Range have complained that some of their urban cousins don’t understand the rural way of life, which has led to heated battles over gun rights, energy and agriculture. It has also led to the formation of a caucus that, its members hope, will lead to a better understanding of rural issues.

Palacio under fire from challengers for Dem performance

The Colorado Statesman

The three candidates in the race for Colorado Democratic Party chair agree that the party needs to retool in the wake of defeats in the last election but differ sharply on how much change is necessary and who to blame.

Democrats will decide at the end of the month whether to elect chair Rick Palacio to a third term or to hand over the reins to David Sabados, a Denver-based campaign consultant, or Vic Meyers, the Trinidad rancher who lost a congressional bid in November.

Sias is top gun in House vacancy election

The fourth time is a charm
The Colorado Statesman

A Republican vacancy committee on Saturday named former Navy fighter pilot Lang Sias to fill the House District 27 seat left open when former Assistant Minority Leader Libby Szabo, R-Arvada, was appointed earlier in January to fill a vacancy on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Calling himself “very pleased and very humbled” by the appointment, Sias said he planned to carry “a sense of humility and a desire to get smarter” to the Capitol.

Bill could ban water-polluting microbeads

The Colorado Statesman

It’s always about water in Colorado, and the present Legislative Session is no exception. A bill headed for the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee will attempt to make sure Colorado doesn’t wind up with the same water pollution problem as other states.

House Bill 15-1144 will be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the public health committee. Its sponsor is Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, the committee’s chair.

House Republicans choose Lawrence, Buck to fill leadership posts

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans experienced a political aftershock at the state Capitol Monday morning that exposed a difference of opinion among members on leadership qualities, leadership roles and the caucus members most fit to lead.

GESING: OUTSIDE THE BOX

Bennet’s Keystone approval farsighted, not noxious

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. House Republicans are poised to push their legislative pet issue, the Keystone XL pipeline bill, down Pennsylvania Avenue and onto the President’s desk this week after a 62-36 Senate majority okayed the amended measure on Jan. 29.

The White House has consistently hurled veto threats at lawmakers. But the GOP-led Congress has rolled up its sleeves and clinched its fists, ready to pick a marquee fight.

WASDEN: DEBT PROBLEM CAN ONLY WORSEN

National debt a pressing problem; action needed from POTUS, politicians

Contributing Columnist

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” – Herbert Hoover

While Congress and the President will find no shortage of issues in the coming year that will require their attention, one that needs to be front and center is our nation’s crippling debt. While here in Colorado we have experienced low unemployment rates and a strong economic recovery, that doesn’t dampen the fact that the national debt is a serious, crippling issue we must address.