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Grantham: Don’t call new construction defects bill a ‘compromise’

Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, gamely smiles for a photograph while standing in front of a "Kong: Skull Island" display promoting the remake of the classic "King Kong" in the theater lobby prior to the premiere of "The Last Bill, a Senator's Story," a documentary produced by former state Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Senate President Kevin Grantham tossed some cold water this weekend on the bipartisan backslapping that greeted the introduction of a new bill aimed at resolving longstanding tensions over construction defects litigation policy and spurring moribund condominium construction across the state. “Don’t call it a compromise,” the Cañon City Republican told The Colorado Statesman on Saturday. […]

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Wist night-time tweeting that he’s upbeat on construction defects reform!

House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist, 2016.

State Rep. Cole Wist has got construction defects on the mind, understandably so. At midnight on Thursday, after a long day at the Legislature, including sitting on an hours-long committee hearing that concluded with lengthy and emotional testimony on the “Ralph Carr” bill meant to head off Trump-era encroachments on states rights and civil rights, […]

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Former lawmakers land county party positions at reorganization meetings

Former state Rep. Mike Cerbo, D-Denver, second from right, awaits his turn at the microphone along with supporters Josh Miller, Susan Rogers, state Sen. Angela Williams and Morgan Watters at the Denver County Democratic Party's reorganization meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at South High School in Denver. Cerbo was elected chair of the county party, one of several former legislators to win county officer positions this month. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Three former legislators won election to county party offices on Saturday as state Democrats and Republicans conduct their biennial reorganization meetings. Denver Democrats elected former state Rep. Mike Cerbo, D-Denver, to a two-year term as the county party’s chairman, Adams County Republicans tapped former state Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, as vice chair, and El […]

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Lawmakers breathe deep, cross fingers, take up thorny construction-litigation reform debate

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

State Republican lawmakers rolled out the first in a promised new package of construction litigation reform bills meant to jump start development and deliver relief for would-be buyers in Colorado’s historically tight housing market. Senate Bill 156, a bill tagged with the short title “Homeowners’ Association Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines” — a mouthful that […]

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Republican legislative leaders say solutions, ‘red meat’ on tap for session

Assistant House Minority Leader Cole Wist, R-Centennial, House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Franktown, state Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Brighton, and Senate President Kevin Grantham listen to a donor's question at the Capitol Club fundraiser for the Colorado Republican Party on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Leading Republican lawmakers told a group of GOP donors last week to expect some solutions to longstanding problems from the divided Colorado Legislature but said the party won’t be shy about waging a no-holds battle in the messaging war with an eye toward next year’s election.

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