Legislative News

SD 6 Dems fill vacancy peacefully

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The latest round of musical chairs in the Colorado Legislature found civil engineer Bruce Whitehead in the Senate District 6 seat formerly filled by Jim Isgar. Both Whitehead and Isgar are residents of Hesperus, the La Plata County seat.

Health care a hot potato for Congress

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Many in Washington, D.C., are calling health care reform “legacy” legislation for Democrats in Congress.

With strong Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate and with President Barack Obama steering the discussion, a major overhaul of the health care system is the Number-One-with-a-bullet priority for the party that has been clamoring for health care reform for more than two decades.

New laws now in effect

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As a slue of bills turned into laws on July 1, Democratic state legislators looked with pride on their victories in raising money to expand government services and protect citizens from various threats while the Republicans beamed over successful legislation to limit government and cut fat from the budget.

Vacancies bring newbies to the legislature

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Democratic Chair Pat Waak should be feeling like she has the state tied up with a bow for her party. After all, in 2009, Democrats have control of five of the state’s seven congressional districts, all but one statewide office and both houses of the Legislature.

GOP pols steamrolled, steamed

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Being the minority party under the golden dome ain’t easy — as several Republican legislators have discovered. After the feel-good-bipartisan-kickoff of the session in January, now some Republicans are feeling like they’ve been flattened by a decidedly Democratic steamroller.

Minister asks flock to back EFCA

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — The debate over the Employee Free Choice Act, or Card Check, which has raged for months, has taken an interesting turn — straight through church doors.

GOP fans embers of 6 percent cap as Ritter douses it

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The controversy surrounding the Arveschoug-Bird limit — a legislative provision that, for the past 18 years, has allowed the state’s General Fund to grow by only 6 percent each year — seems destined to continue forever.

Ritter thwarts Army expansion in Piñon Canyon

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two years ago, most folks here were celebrating the prospect of doubling the size of Fort Carson to accommodate the influx of nearly 15,000 soldiers by 2013. This week, optimism plunged when Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law a bill that thwarts the expansion of the Army’s Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, and the Army scrapped plans to add a brigade that had been destined for the Army post.

Gov vetoes another labor bill

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

After vetoing his second bill of the legislative session aimed at strengthening unions in Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter acknowledged Thursday that although it’s never easy to be on the wrong side of your friends, his role as the state’s top dog often requires it.

Gov signs bills benefiting military

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Continuing his marathon of bill signings this week, Gov. Bill Ritter surrounded himself with active-duty military personnel and veterans Tuesday afternoon as he penned into law five bills aimed at improving benefits for members of the armed services stationed in Colorado.