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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A bill that would renew a major state energy efficiency program will be heard Thursday afternoon in a Senate committee. The vote very likely will be make or break for the program, which supporters say has had significant positive job-creation and energy-saving effects in the state since it was unrolled in 2007.
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 […]
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman celebrated the signing by Gov. John Hickenlooper Thursday of three bills that are part of her legislative agenda this year.
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 […]
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 […]
Americans for Prosperity Colorado announced plans Wednesday to rain down pressure on four Republican senators who have yet to state a position on a bipartisan transportation funding package unveiled last week by legislative leadership.
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 […]
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 […]
Leading Republican lawmakers told a group of GOP donors that the party is poised to capture the Colorado voters who swung to Donald Trump last fall but cautioned against assuming they’re in the bag just yet.