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Dominick Moreno discusses hard budget choices, winning election as a youngster and accidentally finding the panic button

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, a member of the powerful Joint Budget Committee, talks with a member of the Democratic 7th Congressional District central committee at its reorganization meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Pipefitters Local Union No. 208 hall in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, Commerce City Democrat, has been in office longer than many of his fellow lawmakers but is still the youngest member of the state Senate, a distinction he explores in this week’s episode of “Behind the Politics,” a podcast produced by the Senate Democrats. The 32-year-old member of the Joint Budget Committee […]

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Aurora school board member Eric Nelson claims more advanced degrees, posts fresh diplomas

Wearing academic robes, Aurora Public Schools Board member Eric Nelson, center, poses for a snapshot alongside Gateway High School graduates at the University of Denver in this May 25, 2016, photograph posted to his school board campaign page on Facebook. The school board censured Nelson in August 2016 and called on him to resign his seat when it turned out he'd fabricated much of his background, but he refused. (Photo by The Colorado Statesman via Facebook)

Eric Nelson, the Aurora Public Schools board member with a knack for self-invention, is at it again. Nelson, who lost a Democratic primary for an Aurora House seat last summer when it came to light that he’d fabricated nearly everything on his resume, including numerous advanced academic degrees and a career as a decorated Air […]

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Neville rides wave with ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill, fails to win over Dems

In Saint Joseph, Mo. (Bob Travaglione, via Flickr)

The floor vote in the Senate on Tim Neville’s “constitutional carry” bill on Tuesday went as expected. His Senate Bill 116 passed with full Republican support, but Democrats took turns voicing opposition. The immediate future of the bill is all but carved in stone. It will pass in the Republican-controlled Senate and fail in the […]

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The time for overdue sex offender sentence and treatment reform is probably never

Austin Wilkerson, a former University of Colorado-Boulder student convicted of sexually assaulting a drunken woman and was given what many argue was too lenient a sentence. State Sen. Irene Aguilar ran a bill to give the judiciary greater flexibility in sentencing in cases like Wilkersons to reform what she describes as a system that is too often looked at threw a criminal justice lens rather than a clinical one. (Photo via Boulder Sheriff's Department)
State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar […]

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