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Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus

Peter Marcus covers the legislature for Colorado Politics. Previously, he covered politics, the governor’s office, legislature, and Congress for The Durango Herald. He joined The Herald in 2014 from The Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly. The Washington Post twice named Marcus one of the nation’s top state-based political and legislative reporters.

Contact: peter.marcus@ColoradoPolitics.com

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Recent Posts by Peter Marcus

Hick’s shifting tack on pot: From reefer madness to reefer discomfort?

Marijuana advocates feel Gov. John Hickenlooper was a bit dramatic during his State of the State address Thursday when he spoke of consequences to legalization. The governor — who has been no fan of legalization and opposed the Amendment 64 ballot effort in 2012 — again repeated a theme that the proliferation of marijuana has contributed to […]

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The two parties will meet in the middle in the 2017 session; they have to

The legislature convened this week with the usual pomp and circumstance and calls for bipartisanship. We know. We see your eyes rolling into the back of your head. The thing is, there’s a good chance the split legislature could actually come together this year. And for a bitter, jaded journalist such as myself to say […]

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Hick to GOP on budget cuts: ‘If that’s what you really want, introduce that bill’

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday called for healing following the nation’s most divisive election in recent memory, in an effort to encourage the legislature to come together to fix the state’s ongoing budget woes. The Democratic governor delivered his seventh State of the State address to a divided legislature that will preside over his final […]

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Colorado legislature opens with calls for bipartisanship, but fault lines already visible

Party leaders on Wednesday kicked off the state legislative session with a bipartisan promise to enact construction defects reform, while drawing an ideological line in the sand over health care. Amid the pomp and circumstance of the opening day ceremonies, lawmakers acknowledged they are under pressure to satisfy the demands of voters for funding transportation […]

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In Senate, GOP aims to free up small biz; Dems would free up budget

Colorado Senate leaders outlined their agendas on Wednesday during the opening day of the legislative session, with the GOP focused on regulatory reform, while Democrats will continue to push to free revenue for critical services. Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, highlighted Senate Bill 1, which the majority party usually introduces to symbolize its priorities […]

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John Hickenlooper looking to lock in his legacy in State of the State

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday morning will deliver his seventh State of the State address, following the most polarizing national election in recent memory, and ahead of his final two years in office. It would seem impossible for the governor not to acknowledge the divisive election, from which emotions are sure to spill into the […]

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Grantham on health exchange: time to ‘shed…dead weight of failed government policy

Colorado Senate Republicans hope to eliminate the state’s health insurance exchange as part of a priority agenda this year. Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, dropped the proposal during his opening day remarks Wednesday as the legislature began its four-month session. The news came as a surprise to Democrats, who quickly expressed skepticism, suggesting that it […]

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