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Guzman: A solution for our rural hospitals

Sen. Lucia Guzman

Delta. Montrose. Lincoln. Teller. Fremont. Las Animas. Morgan. Garfield. These are a handful of counties in rural Colorado that are home to hospitals. Hospitals that not only provide access to life-saving health care for residents, but are most likely the area’s largest employer. These hospitals are typically smaller than their urban counterparts, but they are […]

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Crowder: Colorado’s rural hospitals facing plight

Sen. Larry Crowder

The future of health care has been in the news a lot recently. The intended repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare” has generated more questions than answers. However, one thing is for certain. The upcoming plight of Colorado’s rural hospitals is not in question. Last year, the state Legislature voted not to […]

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ICYMI: Exasperated GOP response to Duran transportation comments

House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist, 2016.

Thursday morning’s response came in as expected: surprised, a little angry, accusatory, exasperated. The words were House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist’s. “Speaker Duran’s call for more taxpayer revenue without any offsetting tax reductions is a complete departure from constructive conversations with Republicans and shows she and the Democrats have given up on a fiscally […]

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What just happened? Speaker shakes up transportation funding discussion

Colorado Democratic State Representative Crisanta Duran sits at her desk on the opening day of the 2016 Colorado Legislature, at the Capitol, in Denver, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

In an extended and spirited meeting with reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, drew a line in the sand concerning ongoing high-stakes negotiations over how to raise desperately needed state transportation funding. Duran said she would not separate transportation needs from equally dire education needs. Any proposal […]

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In State of the State, Hickenlooper digs back into fiscal thicket

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, as newly-elected Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, D-Denver and Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, look on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Gov. John Hickenlooper likely had to rewrite the State of the State speech he delivered Thursday, or at least rethink it. He surely thought he would be addressing a Legislature controlled by Democrats working in concert with a Clinton administration in Washington. Things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, the governor as speaking to the […]

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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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The Hot Sheet — Budget gets whacked, flashback to the 1990s (God help us), Chelsea Clinton says hi, CDOT gets geeky with it & MORE

DENVER — Is it over yet, you ask? No, go back to bed, bless your heart. But I dreamed last night that (Insert your favorite candidate here – yes even if they aren’t truly on the ballot this race) won the election and led us all to 12 years of peace and prosperity, you say […]

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? Transportation funding plan dies on unusual partisan vote

In this July 5, 2015 file photo, motorists guide their vehicles down Interstate 70 through heavy traffic and light rain in Evergreen. A Colorado business coalition on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, said it has withdrawn ballot initiatives that would have asked voters for more investment in roads, bridges and highways. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
On a strictly party line vote, the Colorado Legislative Council Committee killed a proposed bill that called for the transfer of billions of dollars in state sales tax revenue to help fund transportation projects across the state. But the opposite of what traditionally occurs when it comes to spending tax dollars took place. Nine Democrats […]

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Crowder, Casias vie for Senate District 35 targeted seat

State Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, and his Democratic Party challenger, Las Animas County Sheriff James Casias (Photos by Colorado Statesman staff)
Larry Crowder and James Casias are locked in a tight contest for a Senate district seat that may determine the balance of power at the state Capitol. It’s a race charged with ideological power, even though Crowder and Casias line up very closely on the political spectrum. Crowder is an older man with deep roots […]

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Rematch report: Exum challenges Roupe in House District 17 swing seat

It’s a rematch this year in Colorado’s swingiest house district, pitting two candidates who have each won the seat once and lost it once. State Rep. Kit Roupe, the Republican, and former state Rep. Tony Exum, Jr., the Democrat, are facing off to represent House District 17, covering southeast Colorado Springs and a portion of […]

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