Barbara McLachlan Archives - Colorado Politics
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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 12, 20175min1020
Here’s something I bet you haven’t heard anywhere else: The Colorado House and Senate each could flip next year. OK, maybe you’ve heard half that. The Republicans hold just a one-seat edge in the 35-member Senate, which will see 17 seats on the ballot next year. But the House? Democrats enjoy a nine-seat majority in […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 26, 20178min123

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a “political stunt” and told Colorado Politics he doubts the predictable rankings — Democrats good, Republicans bad — give voters any meaningful information.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 25, 20178min1330

Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to vote against what would amount to a $500 million cut to state hospitals. The Democratic opposing votes were cast by Joe Salazar and Steve Lebsock from Thornton, Barbara McLachlan from Durango, and Donald Valdez from La Jara.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 6, 20174min58
State lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure that would once again grant leave time to workers to take part in their children’s school academics. House Bill 1001, sponsored by Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, passed the Democratic-controlled House Eduction Committee on a party-line 7-5 vote. One Republican member of the committee, Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo, […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min970

In the grand total of many things political, Democrats did well in Colorado in 2016, going against the fly-over state trend. Even so, at the state level, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Statewide, unaffiliated voters broke toward Democrats at about 4.5 percent. With party registrations in November at almost even between Democrats and Republicans, both parties needed unaffiliated voters to give them more votes, and Democrats won that battle decisively.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicNovember 9, 20167min89

At the end of a long election season that delivered shocks at every stage, including a dramatic upset win for Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket, voters in Colorado shuffled some of the players at the state Capitol but didn’t change the game. The next legislative session will see Democrats control the House and Republicans control the Senate, same as the last legislative session. From the Denver Westin where state Democrats gathered on election night, it didn’t at first look like things would turn out this way. They were energized when Rachel Zenzinger took an early lead that never faltered over Arvada Republican incumbent Laura Woods in swing Senate District 19. The match up had been the most closely watched on most legislative lists, a target of spending by state and national political groups.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 9, 201631min1010

DENVER - Can you spell T-R-U-M-P? Good morning. Feeling the post-election night hangover? Us too. And we all know it's one hangover that takes zero adult beverages to produce. Pop an Aspirin, look in the mirror and smile or frown — take your pick — but recognize that the country has chosen a very different path for the next four years. But it appears you, Colorado, have chosen to keep things essentially the same. For the winners circle, victory is such a nice remedy for the hangover isn't it? Gov. John Hickenlooper can gaze into that mirror this a.m. and breathe a sigh of relief for the outlook of the remainder of his term. It's a bittersweet morning for Colorado's governor — a letdown that any presumed Washington opportunities are out the window, but certainly a reassurance that a likely divided Legislature in 2017-2018 will keep his popularity — and legacy — above the 50 percent mark. The Senate appears to be headed for continued GOP control, though only 84 percent of District 25 has reported so forgive us for reading the tea leaves a bit.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 17, 20168min93

Republican state Sen. Ellen Roberts has announced she will resign her seat at the end of this year, after a decade in the Colorado House and Senate. In a statement posted on the Pagosa Springs Sun website on Sunday, Oct. 16, along with other news outlets in her district, Roberts said after six years in the state Senate and four years in the House, she was "looking forward to new work possibilities that will build on my past legal practice and my legislative experience and that will allow me to spend more time at home, with my family and friends, in the best area of the great state of Colorado that a person could live in."


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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsFebruary 17, 201610min96

In 2014, the race for Colorado House District 59 in Southwest Colorado was one of closest, nastiest and costliest in the state. Both of the major party candidates for HD59 who have filed candidacy in the 2016 election to date — incumbent Republican rancher J. Paul Brown and Democratic educator Barbara McLachlan — expect more of the same this time around. “I expect it will be a very tough campaign,” Brown told The Colorado Statesman. “I’ve got probably the biggest target on my back of anybody in the state, and because we only won by 170 votes last time, they’re going to really come after me. They’ve already put out some negative flyers on me that I know of, so it’s going to be tough. But we’re tough, too.” Brown’s razor-thin 2014 victory over Barbara McLachlan’s husband, Durango attorney Mike McLachlan — who unseated Brown by a scant 917 votes in 2012 — closed the gap to just a three-seat majority for Democrats in the House. Now, in another presidential election year, Dems are eyeing the seat as a way to pad their cushion.