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Colorado Dems, enviros wary of Trump cabinet picks

In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. speaks with a supporter in Billings, Mont., as he campaigns for re-election. Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
Despite a growing list of climate change doubters and fossil fuel industry supporters and executives comprising the list of Trump administration cabinet nominees, Democratic Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are hopeful the state’s clean energy economy and outdoor recreation industry can continue to thrive. Mostly, though, there’s a growing sense of dread from the conservation community […]

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Williams readies constitutional amendment

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams speaks on the 2016 legislative session in Denver on May 16. (Photo by Ramsey Scott/Colorado Statesman)
A constitutional amendment that would reduce the lengthy and repetitive language regarding judicial retention questions on election ballots is on Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ wish list for the upcoming state legislative session. Williams and his staff outlined his legislative plans to the Bipartisan Election Advisory Committee Thursday, Dec. 15. The committee includes county […]

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Amendment 71 claims first known victim; bar raised too high for growth limits measure

Surrounded by supporters of what would become Amendment 71, a proposal that would make it harder to amend the Colorado constitution dubbed "Raise the Bar," Gov. John Hickenlooper kicks off the petition drive to put the measure on the state ballot on June 1 at the Aurora Municipal Center. (Photo by Joe Megyesy for The Colorado Statesman)

The backer of a proposed new home construction limitation amendment to the Colorado constitution plans to resubmit the measure as a proposition for the 2018 general election ballot instead of an amendment. Daniel Hayes of Golden, who authored the City of Golden‘s growth limitation measure 21 years ago, said he decided to make the change […]

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Statehouse Dems, Republicans eye environmental policy opportunities

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, front, announces that the federal government has canceled 25 leases for oil and gas wells on pristine federal land in Colorado during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in the State Capitol in Denver. With the election of President-elect Donald Trump and the divided Colorado Legislature, General Assembly leaders are already sending cues that environmental policy will be a battleground topic during the 2017 legislative session. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
State Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have signaled they will dedicate additional resources and attention next year to energy and environmental issues, but in the turbulent wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump as president, the news has observers wondering whether the party caucuses are simply shoring up positions or seeing new opportunity to […]

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Stamp of approval: Secretary of State certifies results of November election

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has certified the results of the 2016 general election after the deadline passed for people to request a recount from the state. The results include nine statewide ballot measures. Gov. John Hickenlooper has 30 days to sign the successful measures into law. The Colorado General Assembly then has to […]

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Legislative leaders look past Trump election year partisanship, set groundwork to get things done

Colorado state Sen. Kevin Grantham speaks at the Republican election night party at the Double Tree Denver Tech Center, Nov. 8, 2016, while Sens. Jerry Sonnenberg, Jack Tate, Tim Neville, Chris Holbert, John Cooke and Randy Baumgardner look on. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
In the wake of this year’s long, fractious election season, Colorado’s new legislative leaders say they are looking forward to a productive lawmaking session next year at the Capitol, to which swing-state Colorado voters are again sending a divided Legislature — a Democratic House and Republican Senate. Sources at the Capitol, including top House and […]

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Updated: Legislative committees finalized

Colorado House Chambers
Pending Colorado House Republican members, the names and faces of this year’s state Senate and House committees have come into focus. Party leaders have selected chairman, vice chairmen and members of committees for the 71st General Assembly. A House Republican spokesman said Friday that body’s committee members would be announced soon.

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New Senate GOP leadership assigns 2017 committee posts

Colorado's Capitol dome gleams in the sunlight in this picture taken on Opening Day of the Legislature, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Colorado Senate Republicans announced committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, Nov. 23. New Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker) said they reflected the “more horizontal” management philosophy Senate Republicans will use going forward. “Our goal when making assignments was to diversify rather than concentrate power, which gets more of our members involved in […]

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The best and worst political TV ads of 2016

Compelling political television advertisements can play an important role in introducing candidates to the public, expressing their policy positions and effectively persuading voters to fill in that candidate’s circle on the ballot come Election Day. As in all modern presidential elections, Colorado television sets were flooded with political ads in the 2016 election cycle. Some […]

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House GOP leadership chosen, Rankin nearly quits JBC

State Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, left, talks to a reporter after being named House minority leader on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Statesman)
Saying he wanted signs of support from his Republican colleagues before he agreed to continue serving on the Colorado legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, that’s what state Rep. Bob Rankin of Carbondale received during a party leadership caucus at the state Capitol Thursday, Nov. 10. Rankin, who has been the House GOP member on the JBC […]

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