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Republicans elect Leing national committeeman, emphasis on man

CENTENNIAL — Colorado Republicans on Saturday elected former congressional candidate George Leing as Republican national committeeman. That’s national committeeman, not woman, an emphasis made clear at a tense and sometimes raucous special meeting of the GOP State Central Committee that saw an unsuccessful attempt by some Republicans to nominate a Denver party officer who happens […]

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Tate takes Balmer’s seat, vacancy attracts crowd

Former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call is among at least 10 candidates who could be vying to replace state Rep. Jack Tate after the Centennial lawmaker was appointed to fill a vacancy in the state Senate on Saturday. Tate will take over on Dec. 31 for state Sen. David Balmer, R-Centennial, who is retiring […]

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Salazar ready to bring fight over drilling back to the Capitol

State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would force oil and gas companies to compensate residents for any loss in property value tied to drilling activities, including damage done by earthquakes linked to deep-earth wastewater injection wells. But state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, has vowed to […]

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Proposal to change how district maps are drawn met with sharp criticism

A high-profile bipartisan group of former lawmakers and state officials are reworking and resubmitting a ballot initiative that would transform the process through which voting districts are drawn in Colorado. The news comes after the project was unveiled last month with a splash, drawing approval from newspaper editorial boards but sharp criticism on the left […]

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Keyser poised to jump into Senate race

As security concerns rise, GOP eyes combat veteran Keyser State Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Evergreen, an attorney and decorated Air Force reservist, is preparing to launch a likely-to-be well-funded campaign in a crowded but mostly lackluster primary field of Republicans hoping to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, bringing star quality and credibility to an election his […]

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Cheney warns terror threat is greatest since 9/11, calls world ‘more dangerous place’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the threat of an attack on U.S. soil is greater now than at any time since 9/11 while taking to task President Obama for his past insistence that terrorists are on the run. The Wyoming Republican, speaking at an event sponsored by the Centennial Institute at Colorado […]

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Colorado’s winegrowers meet the challenge of high altitude farming

Colorado’s wine industry has really grown in the last 25 years. In 1990, there were only five licensed wineries in the state, four in the Grand Valley. Today there are over 130. It is understandable most of the attention about that growth has been on the winemakers and winery owners. This month, though, I’m focusing […]

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Denver move could spur state action on construction defect statutes

Supporters of legislation aimed at making it harder for condominium owners to sue developers — backers say it would spur construction amid a statewide affordable-housing crisis — sounded a note of optimism this week amid word that Democratic House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, who blocked legislation earlier this year, is holding talks with groups pushing […]

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Clashes over Planned Parenthood attack signal stormy legislative session ahead

Colorado is still reeling from the shooting attack that killed three and injured nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The tragedy has stunned the community and fanned long-smoldering political embers into a firestorm that shows every sign of roaring through next year’s legislative session and through the […]

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Supreme Court denies Hickenlooper on Clean Power Plan dispute with Coffman

Decision leaves door open for governor to intervene in opposition to attorney general The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday denied a petition by Gov. John Hickenlooper questioning the legality of Attorney General Cynthia Coffman joining a multi-state lawsuit to block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. In denying Hickenlooper’s petition by a 5-2 margin, the Supreme […]

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