Archive | February, 2017

Trump pledges ‘new chapter of American greatness’ in speech to joint session

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listen. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

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 […]

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McCann creates juvenile prosecution unit

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 […]

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Republican turns to ‘Working Girl’ in defense of PERA board modification

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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Williams’s notification bill for breast exams gets bipartisan backing in Senate

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 […]

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Bill offers a breath of fresh air for would-be doggie and child rescuers

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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House fast-tracks Esgar bill to create specialty license plate featuring Pueblo chile

The prototype of a proposed Colorado license plate to recognize the chile growers of southern Colorado is pictured. State Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, moved to fast-track a bill to approve the specialty plate in a move to beat New Mexico before the neighboring state launches its own license plate recognizing the state's Hatch chile. Graphic courtesy Pueblo Chile Growers Association)

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 […]

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Senate committee OKs condo construction bill to require arbitration

State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, discusses his Senate Bill 156, to require that condo associations use arbitration to settle disputes over construction defects before taking builders to court, at a rally on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the state Capitol. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

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 […]

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Denver’s $4M Target store incentive scrutinized

This design graphic shows how a Target store could look on the downtown Denver 16th Street Mall. Several City Council members have voiced concerns about a proposed $4 million city loan to help Target open at the 1601 California Street building. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
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 […]

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