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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 10, 20171min196
Cary Kennedy for Governor has set up shop in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. Kennedy’s campaign office is hosting a grand opening Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the historic Evans School. The public is invited to attend from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the building is on Acoma Street between W. 11th and W. 12th Avenues. To RSVP, visit […]

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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 7, 20175min1040

The clamor that ink! coffee created with their gentrification sign has now been heard across the nation, and it’s only louder here in Denver, where the issue has ignited a powderkeg that has long been overstuffed as the cost of living continues to skyrocket along the Front Range. As a candidate for Colorado’s House District 5, which is an urban district, I walk the neighborhoods of Denver, and at more doors than I can count, I hear the same refrain: What are you going to do about rent prices?


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsDecember 6, 20173min3940

Rep. Steve Lebsock should not resign based on allegations. If he were to be found guilty after an independent investigation, he should most definitely resign. I worked for Rep. Lebsock from December 2014 until November 2017. My resignation had nothing to do with the allegations made against him. During the time I worked for him, I never witnessed him do anything sexually inappropriate.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 29, 20173min125
American Wind Action launched a statewide campaign in Colorado Tuesday to encourage the Colorado congressional delegation to recognize the benefits of wind energy, and to support efforts to protect its 7,000 local jobs and contribution to the local economy. The group be airing several TV, print, radio and digital ads throughout the state for the […]

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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 28, 20173min780
After announcing a comprehensive plan for K-12 education in Colorado, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis hit the road last week to talk with teachers and thank them for all the sacrifices they make on behalf of kids in Colorado. Polis’ “Giving Thanks to Teachers” tour took him to Denver, Johnstown, Windsor, and Greeley. Polis, a Democrat, […]

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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 21, 20174min2580

House and Senate leadership will meet to review of how workplace harassment issues are handled in the General Assembly, according to a Tuesday press release. The meeting is in direct response to allegations of workplace harassment involving four Colorado legislators.

The Executive Committee of the Legislative Council is hiring an independent consultant to review the legislature’s existing procedures regarding workplace harassment and issue recommendations to the legislature, as well as to determine the review’s scope and timeline.

The review will research the matter and seek input from those involved, and will then hold a hearing on the recommendations and proposed rule changes.

The review will also look at:

· A best-practices survey of workplace harassment policies in other states and the private sector.

· Whether an independent body or other neutral third-party organization should be established to handle workplace harassment complaints, and potential models to consider.

· Suitable methods for reporting complaints, including online reporting options.

· How confidentiality should be handled in workplace harassment or sexual harassment complaints.

· Suitable remedies for complaints of workplace harassment.

· Record keeping.

· Protections against retribution.

· Proper safeguards to allow patterns of harassment to be clearly detected and handled appropriately.

· Best practices for awareness and training on what constitutes workplace harassment and the procedure for filing a complaint under the policy.

 

Research and input will be gathered from a wide range of sources, including the Office of Legislative Legal Services, Legislative Council, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the state Department of Personnel and Administration, the state attorney general’s office, human resources and employment law experts, victims’ advocacy groups, legislators, employees and others who do business at the legislature.

Legislative leaders have agreed to discuss formalizing proposals for workplace harassment training to be conducted annually for all legislators and staff and to be expanded to offer the most comprehensive training available. Currently, workplace harassment training is held every two years and is mandatory for all legislators and all new staffers.

The Executive Committee of the Legislative Council includes Senate President Kevin Grantham, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert, House Majority Leader KC Becker, Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman and House Minority Leader Patrick Neville. The date and time of the Executive Committee meeting will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

Four state lawmakers face allegations of sexual harassment: Rep. Steve Lebsock, Rep. Paul Rosenthal, Sen. Randy Baumgardner and Sen. Jack Tate. All of them have denied any wrongdoing.

House Speaker Crisanta Duran issued a statement saying, “This is not a partisan issue; this is about working together to address what clearly is a problem.

“I am glad that all four caucuses have agreed to set up a comprehensive review of our harassment policies, and I hope that through this process we can create a welcoming and respectful workplace for everyone.”