Peter Marcus

screen-shot-2017-01-22-at-7-25-41-pmPeter 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.


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Recent Posts by Peter Marcus

Cory Gardner still has no plans for a town hall meeting despite protests

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Wednesday would not commit to attending a town hall meeting, despite increasing pressure from protesters. Instead, the Republican senator from Colorado said he will continue to meet with constituents as he travels the state during the February congressional recess and beyond in a less formal environment. Gardner also said telephone town halls […]

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PERA bill draws fiery testimony from Treasurer Stapleton and talk of ‘gray-hairs’

A hearing this week aimed at modifying the composition of the PERA board devolved into attacks by Treasurer Walker Stapleton and a discussion over the role of older Coloradans. Stapleton, a Republican, testified on Senate Bill 158, which would restructure the board in an effort to bring greater accountability and performance. The bill passed the […]

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Prevailing wage for transportation projects dies in legislature

Senate Republicans on Tuesday quickly killed a measure that would have required the Colorado Department of Transportation to consider prevailing wages for public-private projects. The Democratic-sponsored House Bill 1068 was killed by the Republican-controlled Senate Transportation Committee with few stakeholders signed up to testify after an only eight-minute hearing. The bill died on a party-line […]

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Republican leadership calls TABOR reform ‘interesting’ but not a priority

Senate Republican leadership on Tuesday described an effort to reform TABOR as “interesting,” though leaders say it is not representative of the majority of the caucus’ priorities. Senate President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City responded when asked about the proposal, which has sponsorship from two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Dan Thurlow of Grand Junction and Sen. Larry […]

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One take w/Peter and Joey: They don’t shoot horses, but they…

…do shoot down gun bills on the Democratic side of the aisle.’s Peter Marcus and Joey Bunch engage in some horseplay while pointing out most state Senate Republican legislation expanding the rights of gun owners will be dead on arrival once in the hands of the Democratic-controlled state House. Alas, one party’s passion is another […]

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Latest construction defect litigation bill borrows from previous ideas

A new construction defect litigation reform measure was introduced on Friday that is being framed as “progress,” despite a lack of buy-in so far from developers. Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, announced the bipartisan legislation on Friday, just prior to the bill being assigned to the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee. Also sponsoring the bill […]

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Insights: Senate GOP shows maturity as House bickers over words

Colorado Senate Republicans have been the adults in the room. When it comes to transportation funding, the House has gone a bit sideways. It started when House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Democrat, told reporters transportation and education are a package deal. It was a seemingly harmless statement from the speaker, which reflected a priority for both […]

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