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Arapahoe County Democrats grapple with outrage over years-old ‘too many blacks’ remark

NAACP Aurora branch Vice President Barbara Groves Jones, a former 2nd vice chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, holds a copy of the Denver Weekly News as she addresses a meeting of the NAACP Aurora on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Rising Star Baptist Church in Aurora. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Arapahoe County Democrats say they’re working to resolve racial tensions within the party after a years-old remark about “too many blacks” running for office in the county resurfaced recently on social media and in a newspaper article, reigniting a long-simmering controversy. The conflict stems from a candidate training session conducted by party officials in Aurora […]

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After hours of pained testimony, homeless ‘right to rest’ bill fails on bipartisan vote

(AP/David Kohl)

State House Democrats joined Republicans late Wednesday night to vote down a bill that has made waves in various versions the last three years for championing the civil rights of the state’s homeless population. After nearly six hours of emotional testimony, the “Right to Rest Act,” House Bill 1314, sponsored by state Democratic Reps. Joe […]

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#Coleg Week 15: Legislative suspended animation, candidate tax returns, homeless civil rights, sexting, civil forfeiture

Colorado's "gold dome."

It’s a strange run-up to the home stretch at the Legislature. This week there will be floor votes and committee hearings same as the weeks before, but the whole endeavor seems to be operating in a suspended state, the major legislative projects of the year still hanging in the balance. The state’s $26.8 billion budget […]

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Contours of House budget debate emerge in caucus meeting

House Democrats meet before debate on the budget long bill, April 6, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado House members on Wednesday drew up 93 amendments to this year’s state “long bill” budget proposal. Members are reviewing them together in caucus meetings before floor debate begins on the $26.8 billion Thursday afternoon. The number of amendments seems high but the general topics they seek to address, at least so far, come as […]

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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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#Coleg Week 11: GOP tax proposal shot down, Transpo bill grumbling, fracking school setbacks, gay conversion, gun bills, budget countdown

Colorado's "gold dome."

The week is already moving fast. Republican-sponsored House Bill 1187 was shot down by Republicans in the Senate State Affairs committee. It was an important bill. Here’s a magazine-like summary of what it proposed to do, as best as I can write it at this stage: The bill aimed to allow the state to collect […]

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Hundreds sign Colorado Senate GOP’s petition to save alleged wolf hybrid Capone

Capone, left, relaxes with another family pet in this undated photo provided by his owners, the Abbato family of Aurora. The dog has been impounded by Aurora Animal Services and is under investigation as a suspected wolf-dog hybrid. (Courtesy Tracy Abbato)

Colorado Senate Republicans want Aurora officials to know they’re standing with the owners of Capone, the dog being held by the city’s animal shelter on suspicion the longtime family pet is a wolf hybrid. And by Monday afternoon, hundreds of people had signed their names to an online petition started by the Senate GOP asking […]

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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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Coffman on more veterans’ woes, time changes of death, the big budget shortfall and more

"People ask me, 'what do you think about Trump,' says U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the opening line of his ad "Country First." "Honestly, I don't care for him much ... and I certainly don't trust Hillary," he added. The ad then fades creatively to a vintage photo of Coffman in a desert dressed in military fatigues. "I'm a Marine," Coffman declared. For me country comes first."

Good morning and Happy Monday. Whether we like it or not, those Mondays keep on a comin’. Thank you sir, may I have another! Read on for this week’s rundown of intel straight from Colorado’s political pipeline … COLORADO KUMBAYA: The Neil Gorsuch Support Ticker (confirmation hearings begin this week): Steve Farber of Brownstein Farber […]

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