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Denverites in path of big-dig I-70 project see state lawmakers as lifeline

State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, Denver Councilman Paul Lopez, and Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, watch as residents hijack a CDOT "Central 70" construction project meeting, Feb. 18, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

At a raucous meeting hosted Thursday by the Colorado Department of Transportation and hijacked by angry residents of the Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods in central Denver, the presence of three members of the Legislature made a splash. There was state Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran in the front row mostly watching and listening to the angry […]

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Reading transportation tea leaves in Grantham’s note to constituents

Colorado Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, addresses Americans for Prosperity activists, February 9, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman).

Senate President Kevin Grantham seems confident a quarter of the way into the legislative session that lawmakers are moving toward tackling the session’s big priority item: They’re going to agree to raise funds for desperately needed transportation upgrades around the state. That’s what he told constituents in his periodic “Dome to Home” newsletter this weekend. […]

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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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America, take the President’s ‘Mainstream Media Accountability Survey’

Donald Trump speaks at Xfinity Arena, Aug. 30, 2016, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Did you receive President Trump’s “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey”? It arrived in the email boxes of Trump campaign supporters today. It’s more evidence in the growing pile that the White House has landed on the way it plans to right the ship. The stumbles of the first weeks of the administration, according to a “senior […]

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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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SoS Williams in DC will bring adult perspective on election integrity

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, at the Capitol, April 21, 2016. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

If anyone could prevent President Donald Trump from trotting out another lurid, baseless allegation of widespread voter fraud, it might be affable and informed Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Williams this week has descended into the belly of the beast: He is in Washington DC, where labor secretary nominees and national security advisors come […]

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Here it’s a ‘campus free speech bill’; there it’s a ‘Milo bill,’ of course

Berkeley students protest Milo Yiannopoulos event. (Joe Parks via Flickr)

In Colorado, sponsors call the legislative proposal a “campus free speech bill.” Sponsors in Tennessee call their version the “Milo Bill,” after Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur and Breitbart News editor, whose deliberately offensive college speaking appearances have often generated protest and occasionally violence. Colorado’s Senate Bill 62 is being sponsored by libertarian-conservative Tim Neville, […]

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