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House passes bipartisan construction defects bill unanimously

House Bill 1279 sponsors House Minority Whip Lori Saine, R-Dacono, Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, and Assistant House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, stand in front of a unanimous vote tally in favor of the legislation on Monday, April 24, 2017, in House chambers. (Photo courtesy Cole Wist via Twitter)

Bipartisan legislation to make it more difficult for homeowners associations to sue condominium developers for construction defects passed unanimously out of the Colorado House on Monday and is headed to the Senate. The bill marks a breakthrough backers hope will thaw Colorado’s frozen condo construction market and help address a housing shortage across the state.

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Bennet, DeGette, Polis hail immigrant activist Jeanette Vizguerra’s inclusion on TIME 100 list

Jeanette Viguerra and her three younger children are pictured. The immigrant and worker's rights activist, who has been taking sanctuary in the basement of a Denver church since February to avoid deportation to Mexico, was named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Photo courtesy Viguerra family)

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis on Thursday congratulated Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights activist who has been living in a Denver church to avoid deportation to Mexico, for her appearance on the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the most influential people in the world.

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Mike Coffman draws second Democratic challenger as Aurora attorney David Aarestad announces run

Democrat David Aarestad announced on Thursday, April 20, 2017, that he's challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th Congressional District in the 2018 election. Aarestad is the second Democrat to declare he's running for the seat. (Photo courtesy David Aarestad)

Saying he was moved to run when U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman endorsed the GOP replacement to Obamacare, Democrat David Aarestad announced Thursday he’s challenging the five-term Republican in next year’s election. The Aurora attorney is the second Democrat to launch a campaign in the 6th Congressional District, joining Army combat veteran Jason Crow, a Denver […]

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Ken Buck’s ‘Drain the Swamp’ book about Washington corruption names names, rips the dome off the Capitol

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a Windsor Republican, talks about his new book “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think,” which publishes this week, at a book-launch event on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
When U.S. Rep. Ken Buck first arrived in Washington, D.C., after winning election to Congress in 2014, it was the most amazing thing. “You would think that you were in Vienna in some sort of fairy tale,” the Windsor Republican said. “The Army choir is singing, the filet mignon is on the plate, the speaker […]

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Lawmakers, stakeholders say persistence, high stakes led to breakthrough on construction defects bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper speak at a press conference announcing compromise legislation to require informed consent before condominium owner associations can move ahead on complaints over flawed construction on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Homeownership Opportunity Alliance co-chair Mike Kopp House, Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Community Associations Institute spokeswoman Suzanne Leff stand alongside the governor. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Officials say they’re hopeful a breakthrough compromise reached on construction defects legislation as Tuesday night turned to Wednesday will thaw Colorado’s frozen condominium market and help resolve the state’s housing crisis. Calling the agreement a “psychic win,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a Capitol news conference that he expects builders to respond favorably, and […]

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