Legislative News

Not many vetoes by Guv, but plenty of contention

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Of the five bills sunk by Gov. Bill Ritter’s veto pen, four had sailed through both chambers of the General Assembly in the 2010 session. The vetoes surprised sponsors of the bills — and a few mused that the governor’s actions might have been politically motivated.

The vetoed bills that had been easily passed in the state House and Senate were:
•HB 10-1101 regarding vehicle registration of trucks and tractor trailers used for farming and ranching;

Changes a comin' at Joint Budget Committee

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Depending on how the fall elections affect the make-up of the Colorado General Assembly, it’s possible that the Joint Budget Committee will have as many as four novice members for the 2011 legislative session. Under that scenario, only one member, Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, would have much experience — with just two years on the committee.

Democrats leave marriage equality out of platform

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Dan Hanley stood with outstretched arms amid the crowds shuffling towards four-dollar slices of pizza and overcooked hamburgers during lunch at the Democratic State Assembly last month. He held a rainbow colored hand-written sign, “Full marriage equality in the state platform.”

The 44-year-old delegate along with Pamela Scarf, 35, both from Jefferson County, attempted to replace the state party’s platform of civil unions with full marriage equality through a last-minute minority plank.

Two Republicans battle for right to challenge Dem Polis

Contested primary race in CD 2

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The two Republican candidates running in the CD 2 primary in August are hoping to ultimately oust popular Congressman Jared Polis, the Democratic incumbent who’s facing his first reelection.

Ethics Watch weighs in on legislative session

By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Ethics Watch published a scorecard Wednesday detailing how the 2010 Colorado Legislature fared on issues of a more ethical, transparent and accountable state government.

Ethics & Transparency: 2010 Legislation in Review is the first edition in what Ethics Watch Director Luis Toro hopes will become an annual review of the legislative session.

3rd CD Republicans choose candidate with 'The Right Stuff'

Scott Tipton and Bob McConnell share conservative values, offer different styles

By Leslie Jorsensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican delegates to the 4th Congressional District Assembly will meet Friday, May 21, in Loveland to choose a nominee to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Salazar in the general election. When the 648 delegates gather in the Embassy Suites Hotel’s Mountain Holly Room, they’ll have a clear choice between candidates Scott Tipton, a state representative, and lawyer Bob McConnell.

Sine die!

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican and Democrat leaders at the General Assembly Monday discussed the 2010 legislative session, but had very different perspectives on what worked and what didn’t.

Teacher-tenure bill credited with education reform

By Anthony Bowe
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Denver, embraced both his parents in a victorious hug at the State Capitol after his momentous educator effectiveness bill gained final passage in the Senate Wednesday. Only a few feet away, ardent opponents of the bill, Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, engaged in an emotional hug after defeat in a long and straining battle.

More disclosure approved for campaign matters

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Legislators who fear an influx of millions of dollars in undisclosed political communications made by corporations or labor unions are celebrating the passage of Senate Bill 203, which is now headed to Gov. Bill Ritter for signing.

Courts would get new guidance for redistricting

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

One of the last by-products of the 2002 redistricting battle at the capitol is just a governor’s signature away from being reversed.