February 2017 - Colorado Politics

Julie PaceJulie PaceFebruary 28, 20175min1240

Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the first time Tuesday night and issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system, significantly boosting military spending and plunging $1 trillion into upgrading crumbling infrastructure. Striking an optimistic tone, Trump declared: "The time for small thinking is over."


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 28, 20174min131

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has announced the creation of a separate juvenile prosecutions unit within the district attorney’s office. Effective Wednesday, March 1, the Juvenile and Drug Courts Unit will be reorganized to establish a separate juvenile unit, led by its own chief deputy and specially selected deputies. The drug court unit will continue to operate separately within the office to screen, file and prosecute cases that involve drug activity. That unit works closely with Denver Drug Court.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 28, 20177min72
A debate in the Senate Tuesday on the composition of the PERA board bizarrely devolved into a competition over Wall Street movies and charges of age discrimination. Sadly, Carly Simon was not singing “Let the River Run” as a soundtrack to the debate, which was the case in the 1988 romantic comedy-drama “Working Girl.” Speaking […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 28, 20172min670

State Sen. Angela Williams knows that early detection can make a life-or-death difference in battling breast cancer, and she believes a better understanding of the individual risk factors — like breast-tissue density — faced by women could save more lives.

That’s why the Denver Democrat’s Senate Bill 142, which passed the Senate today with overwhelming, bipartisan support, would require facilities providing mammograms to notify women in writing if dense breast tissue is detected in their scans.

“Women have come to me whose breast cancer could have been detected at an earlier stage if they had known they had dense breasts and went in for further screening,” Williams said in a press statement released by the Senate Democrats’ communications office. “This bill will help prevent situations like that in the future. The aim of the bill is also to educate people about this health risk that many women don’t even know exists.”

Here’s more from the press release on Williams’s bill, which now goes to the state House:

Breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of mammography to detect cancer. Without a requirement that women with dense breast tissue receive notification, women are at times not given the information necessary to decide whether to undergo further testing and are left vulnerable to possible breast cancer diagnoses. Dense breast tissue is also a risk factor in itself for breast cancer; high breast density is a greater risk factor than having two first degree relatives with breast cancer.

Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 28, 20173min70
Lawmakers on Tuesday stressed that a bill aimed at saving a doggie or child trapped in a hot car would not open the door to breaking windows at will. House Bill 1179 would offer immunity from civil and criminal charges for anyone who breaks into a car to rescue an at-risk person or animal. But there is a […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 28, 20175min1240

Who says state lawmakers can’t move quickly when there’s a compelling reason to speed things up? In an effort to beat New Mexico to the bumper, so to speak, state Rep. Daneya Esgar, a Pueblo Democrat, on Tuesday amended her bill to create a Pueblo Chile specialty license plate before the state’s southern neighbor can produce its own plates recognizing Hatch chiles.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 28, 201715min1331

A Republican-sponsored bill to require condominium owners and builders to submit disputes over construction problems to arbitration or mediation passed its first hurdle Monday, winning bipartisan approval in a Senate committee. But opponents call the legislation’s central component a nonstarter and predict the bill will meet its demise in the Democratic-controlled House, despite plenty of optimistic talk at the start of the session about grand compromises to revive stalled condo construction statewide.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 28, 20178min124

Several Denver City Council members have reservations about a proposed $4 million loan to help see a Target open on the downtown 16th Street Mall. The city's budget and management office is requesting a $4 million supplemental appropriation for the Office of Economic Development’s Business Incentive Fund. That office wants to loan the funds to a developer, 16 Cal, LLC, to help a Target general merchandise mass retail store open on the mall at 1601 California St.