Legislative News

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.

Steadman, Johnston welcomed to Colorado Senate

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Two of Colorado’s newest state senators took their seats last week on the Senate floor.

Democratic Sens. Pat Steadman, who replaced Jennifer Veiga in District 31; and Michael Johnston, who replaced Peter Groff in District 33, were sworn in by Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey Friday morning during a heavily attended ceremony in the Senate Chamber.

Max Tyler takes over for Green in HD 23

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“Sad day to see Gwyn go, but I think we have a good replacement,” said one of the 30 or so friends, family members and supporters who watched Max Tyler take the oath of office to represent House District 23 on Thursday.

Struggling Coloradans find help at state capitol

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The working families in Colorado who are struggling to survive the economic downturn got a double dose of help at the Capitol on Tuesday.

In the Capitol’s foyer, some 25 nonprofit agencies participating in the “Help for Working Families Fair” offered advice on finances, mortgages, unemployment benefits, health care, housing, utility assistance and home weatherization.

SD 31 votes in Steadman

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It took three rounds of balloting and four hours in a hot auditorium at Morey Middle School in Denver Wednesday night, but lobbyist Pat Steadman was selected to replace Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, who is moving to Australia.