The week Colorado saw the first financial reports for next year’s elections, while state Rep. Polly Lawrence, a Republican, announced her candidacy for state treasurer.
On the whole, these are the stories the Colorado Politics’ staff recommends you keep in mind in the days and weeks ahead.
5. State’s social problems addressed with a war-room mentality
For five years the Colorado Department of Human Services has used C-Stat, a performance management approach hatched by leader Reggie Bicha, to take on some of the state’s toughest problems in caring for the most needy and vulnerable residents. Bureaucracies rarely run this well.
4. DeVos is Denver-bound, and the resistances will be waiting
School choice-loving U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be in Denver for the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The gathering is Wednesday to Friday at the Hyatt Regency Denver, but it’s not clear when DeVos will speak. Protesters will be waiting to express their dislike of the Trump Cabinet member.
3. Insurers to Colorado: pay up and plenty
With turmoil over a Republican health care bill in Washington, leave it to health insurance industry to see an opportunity. Coloradans could pay 27 percent more on their premiums next year. “I take this instability factor as a real big deal in why we’re seeing the increases that we’re seeing,” state Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar tells the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Jakob Rodgers.
2. Trump is out, but Hick is in on global climate change pact
Gov. John Hickenlooper said this week that Colorado won’t be on the same page as President Trump when it comes to environmental policy. Hick said this week that Colorado would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of 13 states and Puerto Rico, that are on board with the 2015 Paris climate accord that Trump pulled the U.S. out of last month.
1. The Perlmutter express pulls to a stop in governor’s race
Ed Perlmutter was a strong candidate on the Democratic side since announcing his plans to run in the next year’s race for governor. But the congressman from Arvada said this week he doesn’t have the fire down below to fuel another political run, including another term in Washington. That puts Perlmutter out of politics come 2019.