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Riding libertarian populist wave, Hill and Lebsock clear first hurdle to end switchblade ban

Sen. Owen Hill, Rep. Steve Lebsock

The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical “West Side Story” and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans. But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out […]

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Hickenlooper won’t issue clean-air executive order

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, file photograph, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper carries a plate of food as he helps to serve the great Thanksgiving banquet to more than 500 homeless and poor men, women and children at the rescue mission in downtown Denver. Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado's Democratic governor, Hickenlooper, said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado’s Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn’t given up on the proposal’s goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado’s status as a […]

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New legislative session brings $500M deficit, uncertainty

In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, Hickenlooper and a split Colorado Legislature enter the 2017 lawmaking session with little expectation of fiscal reform and plenty of uncertainty over transportation, the state's Medicaid bills, affordable housing and illegal pot sales. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, Gov. John Hickenlooper and a split Colorado Legislature enter the 2017 lawmaking session with little expectation of fiscal reform and plenty of uncertainty over transportation, the state’s Medicaid bills, affordable housing and illegal pot sales. Last year, Hickenlooper and fellow […]

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Colorado to decide on adopting a presidential primary

In this March 1, 2016 file photo, election workers register participants before the start of the Democratic caucus, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado will vote on two measures that would reinstate a presidential primary and allow unaffiliated voters to participate in major party primaries. The measures grew out of frustration with this year's caucuses in which Republicans didn't vote for president and Democrats struggled to accommodate an unprecedented turnout. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

For many, this year’s major party caucuses in Colorado were messy and confusing: Democrats struggled to accommodate every voter, and Republicans didn’t choose presidential delegates because the national party insisted the vote be binding. Independent voters were left out in the cold. But party loyalists swear by the grassroots give-and-take of these straw polls that […]

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