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Legislative leaders, bill’s sponsors lament demise of transportation funding referendum

House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, talk with reporters about a bipartisan transportation funding package the two are sponsoring on Thursday March 9, 2017, in Duran's office at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

The legislative leaders who opened this year’s session with calls to come together to craft a transportation funding solution expressed disappointment Tuesday evening after three Republican senators slammed the brakes in committee on legislation that would have asked voters to raise the sales tax to pay for roads and transit.

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#Coleg Week 13: House budget debate, contraception, internet privacy, texting while driving, seaplanes

Colorado's "gold dome."

The Democratic-controlled House takes up the budget, which was passed without an inordinate amount of pain in the Republican-controlled Senate last week. Democrats will likely try to move the ball on items of priority that were shot down in the Senate. Contraception: It’s a personal matter and a state budget concern. State health estimates routinely […]

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Linda Newell’s ‘Last Bill’ documentary depicts what government looks like from the inside

The production team behind the documentary "The Last Bill, a Senator's Story" — editor Matt Baxter, director Aaron Koehler, former state Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, the film's producer, and her daughter, Brittany Newell, the film's associate producer — test out the red carpet as the audience begins to arrive at the film's premiere on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

There were lights, more than a few cameras and plenty of action at the premiere of former state Sen. Linda Newell’s documentary film on Saturday afternoon at a Littleton theater. There was also a massive, forbidding doorway to Skull Island lit by flickering tiki lights, and lots of little girls scampering around the lobby dressed […]

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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Aguilar sex offender bills win few converts in Senate committee

Razor wire and sky, the outside and the inside. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat and medical doctor, said she was “very nervous” going into Wednesday’s hearing. Rightly so. She had two bills to present and the direct beneficiaries of her bills don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar introduced Senate Bill 87 with a case […]

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#Coleg Week 6: Concerning would-be fracktavist vandals, the death penalty, civil forfeiture, the tampon tax, PERA, broadband

Colorado's "gold dome."

Lawmakers today embark on their sixth week of the session. Eleven weeks to go. What’s on the schedule at the gold dome this week? The “Most Accessed Bills” box on the General Assembly website offers a snapshot. It includes Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg’s SB 35, a “fracktavist beware” bill that would hike penalties for tampering with […]

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