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Kerry Donovan will stay on the ranch and in the Capitol, because Congress can wait

Sen. Kerry Donovan

State Sen. Kerry Donovan took a break from working with a chainsaw on her family ranch Friday morning to take a phone call. Congress needs a rural Western Democrat who’s a woman, but that won’t be her after next year’s election, she said, putting to rest one of the most talked-about potential congressional candidates — […]

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Pence promises Focus on the Family ‘we’ll defund Planned Parenthood once and for all’

Arriving more than an hour late, Vice President Mike Pence drew an enthusiastic, at times even raucous response as he congratulated Focus on the Family for its 40th anniversary, saying, “You’ve been a force for good in America for 40 years.” Pence told the crowded main chapel that he’d personally been involved with Focus since […]

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Colorado Senate president ponders road ahead on transportation, Holbert says think local

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House Minority Leader Chris Holbert had legislative researchers look this up: When was the last time the General Assembly voted on any specific road project? The answer: 1899, a wagon road from Leadville to Pueblo using convicts. The public perception these days, however, is that Capitol Dome is the end of the road when it […]

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Senate GOP health care plan draws warnings from Colorado health care experts

Senate Republicans’ health care plan will inflict deeper cuts to Colorado’s Medicaid program than previous proposals and reduce financial help for many people buying their insurance plans, Colorado health care experts said Thursday. The bill, which Senate Republicans unveiled Thursday after months of closed-door talks, immediately came under fire by Colorado health care providers and […]

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Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet urges Senate Republicans to ‘start over’ on health care overhaul

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet says health care legislation released by Senate Repubicans is "really ... a tax cut for the wealthiest americans masquerading as a health bill" in a video released by his office on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Photo via Bennet Senate office)

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet roundly criticized health care legislation released Thursday by Senate Republicans, saying the bill would slash coverage and increase costs for Americans while cutting taxes for the extremely rich. Calling the bill “just as bad, if not worse” than a bill passed by the House at the beginning of May, the Colorado […]

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Protesters plan to greet Mike Pence in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ garb at Focus on the Family speech in Colorado Springs

Activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda as they protest SB8, a bill that would require health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Some of the protesters planning to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to Colorado Springs on Friday will be wearing red robes and white bonnets from the dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which depicts a fundamentalist society that treats women as property, organizers told Colorado Politics.

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Colorado mental hospital can’t keep up with court-ordered evaluations; lawmakers concerned

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The state mental hospital can’t keep up with judges increasingly assigning people there for mental competency evaluations, the Colorado Department of Human Services said Thursday. That means some people might spend more time than necessary locked up. Under a 2012 court settlement with the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, those sent to the Colorado Mental […]

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Democratic attorney general candidates wrangle over Coffman’s decision to appeal Martinez ruling

The seal of the Colorado attorney general is displayed on a chair in the attorney general's conference room in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Democratic candidates for Colorado attorney general this week tore into Republican incumbent Cynthia Coffman’s month-old decision to appeal a court ruling critics say could bring a halt to oil and gas production in the state, with two of the Democrats vowing to scrap the appeal if elected and one of them lashing his primary opponents […]

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