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Wilson discusses ‘ground-up’ education initiative in House GOP’s video update

State Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, discusses education policy and legislation in the weekly video update released by the House GOP caucus on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo via YouTube)

Although it starts with a splash of levity, the House Republican caucus’s weekly video update quickly moves onto more serious ground. “This is Jim Wilson from Salida, Colorado,” says state Rep. Yuelin Willett, R-Grand Junction, as his serious gaze dissolves into a grin and an imposing figure enters the frame, shooing away the imposter. “Not […]

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Herod, Polis among honorees at Colorado Democrats’ Annual Dinner

State Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, speaks nearly a year before she won election to her legislative seat at a rally on the west steps of the Capitol on Dec. 1, 2015. On March 11, 2017, Colorado Demcorats plan to name Herod the party's 2017 Rising Star at the Democrats' 84th Annual Dinner. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

The Colorado Democratic Party plans to hand out a slew of awards at the party’s 84th Annual Dinner, including a new award honoring a young volunteer — although this year it’s going to two recipients. Honorees this year include state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, the party’s Rising Star Award winter; U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, Democrat […]

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State Democratic Party chair candidates make case at Denver meeting

Three of the four candidates for chair of the Colorado Democratic Party sounded the alarm and raised the roof campaigning for the post at Denver County’s reorganization meeting on Saturday. Former Senate President Morgan Carroll, Colorado Democratic Party 2nd vice chair Barbara Jones and Clear Creek County Commissioner Tim Mauck made their pitches to the […]

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PHOTOS: Ytterberg reflects on tenure as Jeffco GOP chair, looks toward future under Trump administration

Outgoing Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Don Ytterberg talks about his experience leading the county party for the past eight years at the county GOP's reorganizational meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
On his last day as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, Don Ytterberg had a few things to say. After welcoming several hundred members of the county GOP’s central committee — along with family, friends and a handful of Republican candidates — to the party’s biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Green […]

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As traffic deaths rise, study finds young adults rank highest in risky driving behavior

Distracted driving is on the rise, transportation officials say, and a February report released by the AAA Foundation backs that finding up with survey data. (Photo courtesy Pexels.com)

An annual study released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based AAA Foundation found that an overwhelming majority of young-adult drivers engage in risky behavior behind the wheel, including texting, running red lights and speeding, making them the worst-behaved drivers on the road. Their older cohorts however, don’t do much better, the study found, with the […]

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Incumbent Derrick Wilburn endorses Sherrie Gibson for state GOP vice chair

Incumbent Colorado Republican Party Vice Chairman Derrick Wilburn, right, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, endorsed Colorado Springs organizer Sherrie Gibson, left, the only announced candidate for vice chair in the April 1 leadership elections for the state GOP. Wilburn said in January he wouldn't seek a second term in the position. (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Incumbent Colorado Republican Party Vice Chairman Derrick Wilburn said Wednesday he’s endorsing Sherrie Gibson for the vice chair position in the upcoming state GOP leadership elections. “I know what it takes to be effective in this role,” Wilburn said in a statement. “Sherrie is more than capable. I whole-heartedly offer an enthusiastic endorsement of Sherrie […]

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Dave Williams lambastes Joe Salazar for calling him ‘half Latino’ in sanctuary policy debate

State Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, says on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives in Denver that it was disrespectful when another House member referred to him as "half Latino" in a discussion about a bill Williams is sponsoring to impose criminal and civil liability on public officials who contribute to the creation of so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. (Photo via The Colorado Channel)

A House Republican took a Democratic colleague to task Wednesday for calling him “half Latino” as the debate over sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants simmers at the state Capitol. Saying he wanted to talk about “a matter that affects the dignity of this chamber,” state Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, took to the House microphone […]

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