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Hardly special…

After all the hullabaloo about working together to find a compromise on local control, hope for a special session finally fizzles out… Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday morning ended months of anticipation and anxiety over a possible special session to address oil and gas regulation in the face of looming ballot initiatives, announcing that he […]

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Beauprez clarifies controversial comments on immigration; SEIU, Latino leaders stage mock funeral

Republicans are being increasingly attacked by Latino leaders and Democrats over a failure to push immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, something they feel could come back to haunt the party in the November elections. GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez is the latest of local Colorado Republicans to face criticism following controversial remarks […]

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And this one’s about a real horse race…

Will voters allow gambling at racetracks to help fund education in the state? Two former state legislators submitted signatures on Monday for a ballot initiative that proponents believe would raise millions of dollars for K-12 education by expanding casino gambling to racetracks. But with millions of dollars already pouring into the race, opponents — largely […]

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McLachlan vs. Brown — A rematch in HD 59

A rematch in southwest Colorado’s House District 59 is likely to end up being one of the state’s most expensive legislative races, as Democrats will fight to preserve the seat against an onslaught of Republican and conservative third-party attacks. Democrat Mike McLachlan, a Durango attorney, is facing off once again against Republican Ignacio rancher J. […]

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Counterterrorism experts share views at CELL event

Two of the nation’s leading experts on counterterrorism abroad spoke in Denver on Tuesday at a time when international tensions are flaring over an Israeli ground offensive in the Gaza Strip and extremists continue to occupy large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Melanie Pearlman, Greg Dobbs at The CELL event. Former U.S. Attorney General Michael […]

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Local control ballot measures continue to prove controversial

Campaign complaints, splintered relationships add to drama Opponents of proposed ballot initiatives that aim to give local governments more control over oil and gas regulation presented a campaign finance complaint before an administrative-law judge on Wednesday. The complaint comes despite ongoing negotiations for a special session to derail the ballot proposals through a legislative solution. […]

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Former legislator seeks senate seat lost in recall

…But incumbent Herpin is mounting strong defense Following a bitter recall election in which former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs was ousted from office over his support for gun control, Democrats are eager to take back the Senate District 11 seat. They have chosen former Rep. Mike Merrifield of Manitou Springs to lead […]

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Potential for real food fight if GMO labeling makes ballot

Drive comes following failed legislative attempts Proponents of a proposed ballot initiative that would require labeling of genetically modified foods are nearing the end of their signature drive, setting up a real food fight between citizens and producers. The Right to Know initiative has collected about 90,000 signatures. They must collect at least 86,105 valid […]

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Restructuring of state legislature effort resurrected

A campaign to restructure the state legislature with the aim of giving rural Colorado more of a voice first suspended its efforts after a lackluster response, but then days later announced that it was forging ahead. The Restoring Colorado campaign grew out of the so-called “51st state movement,” in which rural Coloradans pushed an unsuccessful […]

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Time for special session dwindles

…But fracking fracas keeps on going The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the remaining proposed ballot titles pushed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis that attempt to offer local jurisdictions the power to regulate oil and gas activity, including banning hydraulic fracturing and increasing setbacks. The high court’s ruling came just days after citizens in […]

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