House issues statement regarding GOP coup attempt

State GOP Chair Steve House just issued the following statement: “The rumors started last night, when I was scheduled to meet with Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. When I arrived to our meeting, I was surprised to see that former Congressman Tom Tancredo and Pueblo County Chair Becky Mizel were also in attendance. The purpose of […]

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Q&A with House Majority Leader Rep. Crisanta Duran

The Colorado Statesman sat down this week to talk to Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, about everything from legislation to dancing. Duran is currently serving as House Majority Leader. CS: Where were you raised and can you tell me a little about your family and some memories growing up? CD: My parents lived in Pueblo before […]

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LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS: MARCH 27, 2015

Follow up: Gun Bills: The Senate Wednesday gave final approval to Senate Bill 15-086, which would repeal 2013 legislation requiring background checks for transfer of firearms. The bill passed along party lines, 18-17, and now heads to the House where similar legislation has already been rejected this session. Ballot Postage: Even the chair’s bill sometimes […]

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Police chokehold in Colorado must be stopped

“I can’t breathe.” In 2014, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African American man, spoke these now well-known words with his final breaths as New York City police officers apprehended him with a chokehold for selling single cigarettes. This came after Garner was breaking up a fight on the street before officers were able to arrive. The […]

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Children’s tears being counted by water experts?

A water expert opposed a bill allowing rain barrels testifying that he accounted for every molecule of water in the South Platte Basin. I was quite stunned. With these deity-like powers, we could have saved taxpayers money and time by forgoing the hassle of drafting and passing HB12-1278 and paying the Colorado Water Institute to […]

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Direct to Tokyo is good for Denver

For decades, securing a nonstop flight to Asia — Tokyo, specifically — was one of Denver’s top priorities. It was under the leadership of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock that the vision finally became a reality on June 10, 2013, with the inaugural nonstop flight from the Mile High City to Tokyo-Narita International Airport. This […]

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Calendar: March 27, 2015

MON., MARCH 30 (R) Larimer County Republican Breakfast – 7-8:30 a.m., Johnson’s Corner, 2842 SE Frontage Rd., Johnstown. Cost: $10. Info: Donna W. Gustafson, 970-213-7314 or happytrails2u.dwg@gmail.com. (R) Jefferson County Republican Men’s Breakfast Club – 7-9 a.m., Howard Johnson Denver West, 12100 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Cost: $12. Info: Fred Holden, 303-421-7619 or www.jeffcorepublicanmensclub.org. […]

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Competing police bills spark division

Attempts at bipartisanship at the Capitol on Tuesday over a law enforcement package instead exposed a divide between the two chambers on major legislation that has dominated the 2015 session. The issue: a package of bills that House Democrats claimed would help “rebuild trust” in law enforcement. Despite claims of bipartisan support for most of […]

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LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS: MARCH 20, 2015

FOLLOWUP: Magazine Ban Repeal — The Senate on Tuesday gave its final approval to Senate Bill 15-175, which would repeal 2013 legislation limiting the size of ammunition magazines. SB 175 passed on a 21-13 vote, with one senator (Michael Johnston, D-Denver) absent. Three Democrats, who had already been announced as co-sponsors, voted with the Republican […]

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As Colorado ages, reliable funding for AAAs a must

Colorado is growing older. One in four Coloradans will be over the age of 60 by the year 2035. That is only 20 years from now. The aging of the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, combined with advances in science and health care, will allow us to live longer, more fulfilled lives. This unprecedented demographic […]

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