James AndersonJames AndersonMarch 1, 20177min369

A bill aimed at modernizing Colorado's Open Records Act has survived its first Senate hearing — but with an amendment that could mean trouble down the road. The GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send Senate Bill 40 by Democratic Sen. John Kefalas to the Senate Appropriations Committee.


James AndersonJames AndersonFebruary 27, 20174min648

Two Colorado Republican lawmakers are delivering on their promise from earlier this year to fine-tune TABOR, a 25-year-old constitutional restriction on how much the state can receive — and spend — without triggering tax refunds. Rep. Dan Thurlow and Sen. Larry Crowder have introduced House Bill 17-1187 that seeks to change the way annual revenue limits set by the 1992 Taxpayer's Bill of Rights are calculated.


James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 29, 20178min438

The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical "West Side Story" and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans. But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out from their handles with the push of a button or a lever, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is trying to repeal it. They are citing arguments from knife rights activists and others who say switchblades have become everyday work tools that also can save lives because they can be opened with one hand instead of two.


James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 11, 20174min282

Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado's Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn't given up on the proposal's goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado's status as a national leader in fighting air pollution.


James AndersonJames AndersonJanuary 8, 20177min278

With one eye on a $500 million state budget gap and the other on Washington, Gov. John Hickenlooper and a split Colorado Legislature enter the 2017 lawmaking session with little expectation of fiscal reform and plenty of uncertainty over transportation, the state's Medicaid bills, affordable housing and illegal pot sales. Last year, Hickenlooper and fellow Democrats tried and failed to loosen Colorado's strict spending rules by declaring a $750 million hospital fund off-limits to tax rebates. They wanted the money for aging roads and underfunded schools. The governor dropped that idea from his proposed $28.5 billion budget this year, as lawmakers prepare to face more tough spending choices during their four-month session starting Wednesday.


James AndersonJames AndersonOctober 27, 20168min344

For many, this year's major party caucuses in Colorado were messy and confusing: Democrats struggled to accommodate every voter, and Republicans didn't choose presidential delegates because the national party insisted the vote be binding. Independent voters were left out in the cold. But party loyalists swear by the grassroots give-and-take of these straw polls that determine how many delegates the presidential candidates will get at their national conventions. Only Democrats and Republicans who put in the effort to caucus and attend subsequent assembles should have a say in selecting their party candidates for federal, state and local office, they say. That's why many oppose Propositions 107 and 108 , which would create a winner-take-all Colorado presidential primary in 2020 and allow independents to vote in that as well as down-ballot primaries held in June during election years.