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For what it’s worth, Caldara says he’s going forward on transportation initiative

Jon Caldara (Screen shot via The Independence Institute)

As news rippled around the Capitol on Thursday morning that the future of legislative leadership’s grand bargain transportation bill was growing dimmer by the hour, Jon Caldara snacked at the cafe across the street, scrolling through a list of transportation ballot initiatives filed Wednesday by the contracting community and that closely mirror teetering House Bill […]

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Democrat Andy Kerr formally announces he’s running for Congressional District 7 seat

State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, declares he's running for the 7th Congressional District seat as his wife, Tammy, and his son Braden, stand by his side on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Dunston Middle School in Lakewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

“My name is Andy Kerr, and I am running for Congress,” the Democratic state senator told a crowd of family, friends, colleagues and supporters filling the gymnasium as he began his speech at Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon. It’s the same way U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter — at that time a former […]

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Lakewood Democrat Andy Kerr plans to announce run for 7th Congressional District seat Wednesday

State Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, addresses a rally in support of public education on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Denver's Civic Center Park. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

With a promise to fight for education, jobs and the Colorado way of life, state Sen. Andy Kerr, a Lakewood Democrat, plans to announce on Wednesday afternoon he’s running for the 7th Congressional District seat represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who declared Sunday he’s running for governor in next year’s election.

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ICYMI: Forgery no-no, SAT test sure looks new, teen seeks DPS board seat and more

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A couple of Mesa County women didn’t fool anyone when they allegedly tried to cast second ballots in last fall’s general election by forging the names of current or former relatives. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported the two face possible voter fraud charges. It doesn’t sound like the SAT test this year’s 11th graders […]

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Noonan: TABOR is 25 and too alive and too well

Paula Noonan
Colorado’s population in 1992 was 3.5 million. Census projections put the state’s population in 2017 at 5.5 million. In 1992, 812,308 citizens — 53.68 percent of voters — said yes to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), and 700,906 citizens — 46.32 percent of voters — said no. Not to make too fine a point, […]

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The $26.8 billion question: How to sell the 2017 budget

Sen Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, speaks at the Capitol on February 16, Agriculture Day. (Photo by Roxann Elliott/The Colorado Statesman)
Now that the Colorado state budget proposal has appeared and lawmakers are wrangling over the numbers, the political narratives that will be used to sell the budget to voters and to defend against constituent anger in elections to come are taking shape. This year it seems unquestionable that it will be a tougher budget for […]

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ICYMI: Boulder tells county to butt out, homeless camping ordinance in court, pot stores steal workers

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The City of Boulder is many things to many people, sometimes largely depending on your personal, political views. Some view them as one of the more forward-thinking local governments, others call them the “People’s Republic of Boulder.” Well, a story in the Boulder Camera reported that since the city is running out of space to […]

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Noonan: Bill envisions high quality education for Colorado … But where’s the money?

Paula Noonan
A new bipartisan bill, Achieving a Vision for Education in Colorado, HB17-1287, sets up an advisory board to create a strategic plan for public education, preschool through college, for implementation up to 2030. The bill recognizes that the 21st century world is “fiercely competitive” and that a “world class highly effective twenty-first-century learning system is the […]

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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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