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ICYMI: Ezzard comes home, CO middle of the road on taxes, first end-of-life patient dies

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Here’s a whatever-happened-to update: If you remember Martha Ezzard from her time as a Colorado legislator, you should probably check out the story in the Denver Business Journal. A couple of decades ago, Ezzard and her husband, Dr. John Ezzard, moved to Georgia to run an Ezzard family farm. They turned it into a pretty […]

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YIMBY Denver group forms to counter NIMBYs

A small, recently formed group plans to be involved in the City and County of Denver's growth-related issues as part of the Yes In My Backyard movement. (Courtesy YIMBY Denver)
A small, fledgling, informal group of Denver residents wants to “bring the voice of yes” to the city as it considers how to address growth-related issues like affordable housing, transportation and parking, according to the group’s “unofficial leader.” Part of a small but growing nationwide movement called Yes In My Backyard, YIMBY Denver formed after […]

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Denver pot stores cite safer roads, extra city revenue with more hours

A marijuana dispensary. (AP photo)
Denver’s marijuana dispensaries are seeking longer hours to have a level playing field with other city businesses and competitors in neighboring communities. City Council listened to mostly supportive arguments for extending the closing hours from 7 p.m. to midnight at a recent Special Issues Committee hearing.

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Methane rule issue shows divide in opinion polls

Opponents and backers of an Obama administration rule to rein in flaring on public lands are using competing opinion polls as the U.S. Senate is expected to consider a measure to rescind the rule. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., is still considering his stance on the issue while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is opposed to the move. (Photo Courtesy NOAA.gov)
Oil and natural gas companies and their supporters continue to wage a war of words — and opinion polls — with backers of a Bureau of Land Management rule regulating emissions of methane from natural gas wells drilled on federal land, while a Colorado senator remains undecided on his stance on the rule.

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WOTUS order could take years to resolve

President Donald Trump signs the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) executive order, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw and review the rule. It would have expanded the number of waterways that are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. The move was cheered by Colorado's GOP Congressional delegation. (AP File Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A controversial federal rule designed to provide clarity for protection of America’s water resources, and now under a presidential order for change or elimination, could cause further confusion and take the rest of President Donald Trump’s term in office to be resolved, according to two Colorado State University researchers and news reports. The order was […]

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ICYMI: She’s back!, we have hate groups and daylight savings to stay?

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In Case You Missed It: Read our weekly political news recap on the lesser known topics you may have missed last week in Colorado political journalism. Last week: It’s always interesting — sometimes pretty fun, too — when someone takes is upon themselves to act as a citizen watchdog. One of the more well-known such […]

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NASA act includes Perlmutter request for a plan to Mars

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., holds a bumper sticker promoting a manned space trip to Mars by 2033 during his remarks on the U.S. House floor Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (Courtesy CSPAN/Perlmutter Congressional Office)
“The most significant and inspirational journey in history” was what U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CO7, called a provision in S. 442, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017. He wrote the measure, calling for a plan to successfully launch a human space flight mission to Mars by 2033. The U.S. House […]

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Denver City Council’s small lot parking code dispute leads to delay

Cars parked in front of the Denver Civic Center. With Denver's population exploding, disagreements have erupted on City Council over small lot parking restrictions. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
Almost every new resident of Denver adds another automobile to the city’s already crowded roads and highways, and those cars and trucks need a place to park when their owners are home or elsewhere. The advent of “micro” housing units, also known as tiny houses, in established Denver neighborhoods led to concerns over the city’s […]

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Bennet between proverbial rock and hard place

Colorado's Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, for the vote to confirm Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke along with colleagues from left Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. Bennet has refused interviews about his decision-making process on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee and fellow Coloradan Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
While his vote may be in the minority regarding Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s position and intent toward the process and Gorsuch himself have fueled political speculation and concerns over consequences. Gorsuch, a Colorado native and Denver-based federal appeals court judge, was nominated by President Donald Trump […]

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Coffman supports bill to make it easier to fire bad VA employees

Army Corps of Engineers Col. John Henderson, right, shows Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., features of a new veterans hospital under construction in Aurora, Colo., Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The Corps took over construction management from for the Veterans Affairs Department after the cost nearly tripled and legal disputes threatened to bring work to a halt. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-CO6., and Republican colleagues on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, have introduced HR 1259, the Veteran’s Affairs Accountability First Act of 2017. The bill would provide the secretary of veteran affairs increased discrepancy to remove, demote or suspend any VA employee, including senior executive service employees, due to performance or […]

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