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Capitol staffers totally used to watching people gather to talk weed

Capitol staffers take in the Civic Center 4/20 weed party, April 20, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The booming sound from the Civic Center pro-pot 4/20 rally, where thousands gathered Thursday to celebrate Colorado’s legal weed, forced a hastily called state House press conference into a windowless side room. On the floor of the House lawmakers were debating Senate Bill 17, which would allow residents suffering from PTSD and with a recommendation […]

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Flawed ‘anti-sharia bill’ fails to win over Colorado lawmakers

Opponents of Colorado 'anti-sharia' Senate Bill 277 -- representatives of religious and civil rights groups -- at a press conference before the ill was voted down by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, April 12, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

A Republican-controlled committee voted down a bill meant to protect Coloradans from foreign laws that might infringe on the “fundamental liberties” guaranteed by U.S. federal and state constitutions. Sponsored by Fort Collins Senate Republican Vicki Marble, Senate Bill 277 was introduced quietly on Friday, March 31. It never mentions the word “sharia,” but it soon […]

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Losses from Colorado mine spill may be less than feared

In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. Farmers, business owners and residents initially said they suffered $1.2 billion in lost income, property damage and personal injuries from the 2015 spill at the Gold King Mine. The total now appears to be about $420 million after attorneys for a handful of New Mexico property owners slashed their claims by $780 million. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might be far less than originally feared after attorneys drastically reduced some of the larger claims, The Associated Press has learned. Farmers, business owners, residents and others initially said they suffered $1.2 billion in lost income, property damage and personal […]

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Pruitt’s EPA announces Gold King Mine reimbursement payments

On the Animas River after the 2015 Gold King Mine spill (AP)

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will pay out an additional $54,275 to Colorado’s La Plata County, San Juan Basin Health Department, the City of Durango and the Southern Ute Indian tribe as reimbursements tied to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, the agency announced Thursday. The money pays the entities back for “payroll, fringe, […]

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PHOTOS: Hundreds rally on Capitol steps in support of Trump

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather during a March 4 Trump rally on the state Capitol steps in Denver, Saturday, March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Several hundred people rallied in support of President Donald Trump outside the state Capitol in Denver on Saturday, listening to speakers including former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and sometimes facing off with a much smaller group of anti-Trump demonstrators. Speaking on the West Steps facing the mountains, Tancredo drew cheers from the crowd when he […]

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Philp: Calling out local governments is crucial to setting the right example

Alan Philp

There is no question America is witnessing unprecedented dysfunction in government. Whether it’s the hyper partisanship in Washington that has led to record-low Congressional approvals or the growing frustrations coming from a divided government in the Colorado State Capitol, citizens are losing trust in their leaders. As these frustrations mount, we often look to our […]

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Pediatricians: Colorado Immunization Information System is good for children, public health

Sean O'Leary

We were disappointed to read the opinion column about the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) by Pam Long. Her opinion column misrepresented CIIS, which provides an enormous benefit to Colorado’s families. Vaccines save many thousands of lives in the U.S. every year, and CIIS is a vital tool to maintain high immunization coverage and protect […]

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‘Normalized’: Americans for Prosperity lobby day at the Capitol

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

Thursday was Americans for Prosperity lobby day at the Capitol. The anti-tax free-market message this year was much the same as it was last year, but the headlines will be different — mainly because the state Senate president stayed on message. President Kevin Grantham, a Republican from Canon City, thanked AFP activists for their effectiveness […]

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