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Colorado Technology Association aims to steer state into the future

Colorado Technology Association President and CEO Andrea Young discusses the organization's operations on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in her office at The Commons on Champa in downtown Denver. Young has helmed the organization since June 2016 and was on its board before that. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado’s technology industry is booming, and Andrea Young couldn’t be happier. Young, the president and CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, a trade organization that represents more 300 companies and counts some 15,000 people involved in its network, said in a recent interview with The Colorado Statesman that she’s excited about the prospects for the […]

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Former GOP lawmaker Victor Mitchell weighing run for governor

A Douglas County entrepreneur and former state lawmaker could be adding his name to the lengthy list of possible Republican candidates for governor in 2018, sources tell The Colorado Statesman. Victor Mitchell, who served a term in the Legislature a decade ago, is weighing a run, and Capitol veteran Steve Durham thinks Mitchell can bring […]

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El Paso County’s Jeff Hays to launch bid for state Republican chairman

El Paso County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays speaks at a GOP meeting in this undated photograph. Hays announced this week that he's running for state Republican chairman. (Photo provided)

El Paso County Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays likes to talk football and politics, but chances are that even the most detailed political discussion will soon start sounding like football. “Everything in my life is a football analogy,” he said with a chuckle in a recent interview with The Colorado Statesman, and he wasn’t kidding.

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Transportation funding, fix to construction problems top House agenda

House Democrats and Republicans agree that two matters are likely to dominate discussion in the chamber during the upcoming legislative session, although they disagree about how to refer to one of them. Along with funding the state’s transportation needs, House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle told The Colorado Statesman recently that tackling the […]

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Colorado Bar Assn. lobbyist Jeremy Schupbach: ‘In many cases, the law is my client’

“In many cases, it’s more like the law is my client,” says Jeremy Schupbach, director of legislative relations at the Colorado Bar Association, during a recent interview about his work lobbying at the state Capitol for the 18,000 members of the bar association at his office in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Although he tracks nearly every bill in front of the Legislature, lobbyist Jeremy Schupbach often won’t weigh in on contentious policy questions or what he describes as “thorny” issues at the state Capitol. But when it comes to commas, he’s often all over it. Schupbach has what he calls his favorite job in the whole […]

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Tim Leonard already weighing legislation to ‘clarify’ statute that landed him in jail

Jefferson County authorities jailed State Rep. Tim Leonard, R-Evergreen, Friday afternoon on contempt-of-court charges stemming from a longstanding series of disputes between the lawmaker and his ex-wife over education decisions for two of their minor children.

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Senator-elect Fenberg hopes Silver Plume bar becomes a community living room

"We very much want this to be a place the local community feels is their bar, but we also want it to be a place people from Denver can feel is a destination," says Steve Fenberg, one of the owners of Bread Bar in Silver Plume, as he cleans glasses on a recent Saturday afternoon in the mountain town. (Photo by Ernest Luing/The Colorado Statesman)
Glancing up the steep hillside toward the old mine, Stephen Fenberg smiles as he recounts how a granite monument wound up there, representing the collision of hardscrabble reality and whimsy that marks this town. He’s telling the story of Clifford Griffin, an easterner who journeyed to Silver Plume during the gold rush to start his […]

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Beauprez: Shared principles can help GOP ‘right the ship’

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez surveys the land and a herd of bison at his ranch in Jackson County. The past chairman of the Colorado Republican Party says the GOP has its work cut out to heal rifts in the party after the 2016 election. (Photo courtesy Bob Beauprez)
In the weeks leading up to the November election — before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rallied in the polls, throwing what had looked since the debates like an easy win for Democrat Hillary Clinton up in the air — there was nearly as much chatter about the impending civil war in the Republican Party […]

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Democrats celebrate Colorado as ‘pocket of sanity’ amid national election results

Flanked by his family, including his wife, Susan Daggett, and daughters, and supporters, including state Rep.-elect Leslie Herod, D-Denver, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet declares victory in his bid for a second full term at the Colorado Democratic Party's election night watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at the Westin Denver Downtown. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Colorado Democrats celebrated sweeping wins across the state on Tuesday night at a hotel in downtown Denver, but the election-night watch party felt more like a wake as the national map on large-screen televisions slowly turned more and more red, depicting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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