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#Coleg Week 16: Transportation-hospital fee moments of truth, fueling stations by Xcel, repealing Columbus Day, rolling coal…

Colorado's "gold dome."

Two-and-a-half weeks till closing time, and there’s plenty of business left to conduct in this building. All eyes will be watching transportation-funding House Bill 1242. It’s being heard Tuesday in the Senate Finance committee. It’s one of the big-deal top-priority bills of the session, and it seems doomed. Will there be amendments? Will someone have […]

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Neville brings down hammer in floor speech defending state’s weed cash fund

In a night filled with passionate state Senate speeches delivered Wednesday over this year’s $26.8 billion Colorado budget, the most powerful perhaps were the ones given around an amendment that sought to take up to $4 million collected from marijuana sales — slated to pay for drug-related research and services, including addiction treatment — and […]

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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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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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Who has she lined up? Guzman set to make case for Colorado death penalty repeal

Carrying the banner in preparation for Oct. 10, "World Day Against the Death Penalty" (Kurt Murrow via Flickr)

State Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill, SB 95, will be heard Wednesday afternoon in the Senate Judiciary Committee. How will it fare? The Statesman considered the case in mid-January. Some points to again consider. Guzman Guzman, a well-liked, thoughtful Methodist pastor, is still perhaps the best choice on the Democratic side […]

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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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