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Colorado Senate advances ban on toxic ‘coal rolling’ cultural protest

Rolling coal. (AP)
Colorado lawmakers are inching toward outlawing “coal rolling,” the practice of adjusting the workings of a diesel truck in order to let loose at will clouds of unfiltered exhaust as a form of cultural protest in an age of electric cars and climate change. The state Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a revised version […]

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Kefalas open records bill has been, undoubtedly, an ‘interesting journey’

State Sen. John Kefalas speaks to The Statesman about his open records bill's 'interesting journey' this year as a piece of legislation that was once assumed dead but has since undergone compromise deals and gained serious momentum. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Opening the hood of Colorado’s Open Records Act to change out even a few parts is a massive undertaking — too many of the components in this aging machine are moving. Aiming to make some long-overdue digital-era updates to CORA, state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, started that process months ago and has been wrestling […]

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Perlmutter stops short of announcing run for governor in nostalgia-tinged speech to Democrats

"I am seriously looking at running for governor," U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter says at the 7th Congressional District Democratic reorganization meeting Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Pipefitters Local Union No. 208 hall in Denver. "But there are a number of hurdles and i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed." (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Even though supporters chanted, “Run, Ed, run!” as he took the stage Saturday at a union hall in north Denver, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter stopped short of stepping into next year’s Colorado gubernatorial race, instead telling the assembled Democrats he’s “seriously looking” at running but has some details to work out before declaring his candidacy.

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Cary Kennedy says she’s ’considering’ run for governor as Dems salute Salazar

Gubernatorial candidate former state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, and potential gubernatorial candidate former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Democrat Cary Kennedy said Thursday she’s “seriously considering” a run for governor next year and plans to announce her decision by next month, while the two declared Democratic candidates joined her in heaping praise on former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after his announcement Wednesday night that he would be sitting out what could be a […]

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Drama-laden open records bill survives another hearing

Colorado state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, makes a point about a public records bill that he co-sponsored during testimony on the measure before a state Senate committee in Denver in this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo. This bill died in the GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. A new bill, sponsored by Kefalas, to bring Colorado's Open Records Act into the 21st century gets a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after months of efforts, led by the secretary of state’s office, to show how public documents can be released by government agencies in digital formats without jeopardizing individuals’ privacy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
A bill aimed at modernizing Colorado’s Open Records Act has survived its first Senate hearing — but with an amendment that could mean trouble down the road. The GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send Senate Bill 40 by Democratic Sen. John Kefalas to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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