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Is texting while driving legal in Colorado? State lawmaker says, ‘Hell, no!’

A state senator behind legislation this year that increased the penalty for texting while driving is “livid” over recent conversations that the bill may have made the dangerous practice legal. Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver, referenced a Tuesday Denver Post article with the headline, “Hold the phone. Did Colorado just make it legal to text and […]

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Effort to fund Colorado Energy Office fails after Republicans raise objections

Ponnequin Wind Farm near Carr, Colo. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

An effort to save much of the Colorado Energy Office failed on Tuesday after Republicans objected to a funding request made by the governor’s office. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, asked for $3.1 million to preserve the Energy Office, which — in addition to promoting renewable energy — also assists schools, the agriculture industry and […]

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Colorado’s economy is booming, though some constraints could be coming

Colorado's Capitol dome gleams in the sunlight in this picture taken on Opening Day of the Legislature, Jan. 13, 2016. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Colorado’s economy has grown for the past eight years since the economic downturn, and it’s on a path towards the longest expansion in the state’s history, lawmakers heard Tuesday. State budget writers received an update from the governor’s office and legislative staff on the June revenue forecast for the state. Colorado is currently in its […]

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Gov. Hickenlooper seeks to save Colorado Energy Office after legislature hit impasse

Ponnequin Wind Farm near Carr, Colo. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office is expected to request on Tuesday that state budget writers approve supplemental funding for the Colorado Energy Office after the legislature hit an impasse at the end of the legislative session. The governor’s office is asking for $3.1 million to preserve the office, which, in addition to promoting renewable energy, also […]

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Colorado congressional delegation revisiting security following last week’s shooting

A Capitol Hill Police officer walks past an automobile with the driver's window damaged at the scene of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot at a congressional baseball practice. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are considering added security measures following last week’s shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, is reviewing security for his events. “I think last week was a big wake-up call for members,” said Tipton spokeswoman Liz Payne. “I’m not sure if Capitol police […]

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Hospital Provider Fee debate in legislature shined a light on rural Colorado

HUGO — Dotty Peterson, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in this small Eastern Plains town about 100 miles from both Denver and Colorado Springs, took a nasty spill and suffered a concussion in February. “When she fell and hit her head, I thought she was gone,” said her husband, Pete, who sat with Dotty recently […]

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Iran, Russia sanctions receive bipartisan support from Colorado U.S. Sens. Bennet and Gardner

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner (Colorado Statesman archives)

There was bipartisan applause this week after the U.S. Senate placed new sanctions on Iran and Russia. Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, backed the sanctions to punish Iran for recently testing ballistic missiles, as well as human rights abuses, and to signal to Russia that the United States […]

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University of Colorado study backs concerns from businesses over raising the minimum wage

A proposed Colorado constitutional amendment to increase the minimum wage to $12 an hour is among four placed on the Nov. 8 election ballot, while seven more await a decision by state elections officials. (Photo via Colorado Families for a Fair Wage)

A recent University of Colorado study backs up many of the arguments made by businesses who opposed raising the minimum wage in Colorado. The study, published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics in May, comes after Colorado voters last November backed gradually raising the minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020. The first […]

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Colorado immigrant rights groups launch effort to track potential federal raids

Immigrant rights groups this week launched a telephone hotline with the goal of tracking potential federal immigration raids in local communities. The Colorado Rapid Response Network is staffed with more than 100 volunteers trained to track, verify and confirm ICE raids in immigrant communities, according to Mi Familia Vota, a national group that advocates for Latinos […]

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INSIGHTS: Colorado legislature’s progress on hospitals could be a lesson for Congress

I spent Monday in Hugo, a tiny town on the Eastern Plains that was thrust into the spotlight this legislative session. Subscribers can read about that online Monday and in our print edition, The Statesman. Lincoln Community Hospital, located in Hugo in Lincoln County, was highlighted as a rural hospital that would take significant budget […]

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