Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 22, 20176min588

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced on Twitter on the last day of the legislative session earlier this month.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 7, 20177min482

An effort three years running in Colorado to ban gay conversion therapy moved forward on Tuesday. All 37 state House Democrats and one Republican voted in favor of sending the proposal to the Republican-controlled Senate. Sponsor, Rep. Paul Rosenthal, a Denver Democrat and co-founder of the legislative LGBT caucus, was hopeful that this year’s bill, <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB17-1156" target="_blank">HB-1156</a>, might receive the kind of welcome in the Senate that doesn't spell immediate doom.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 9, 20176min246

Thursday was Americans for Prosperity lobby day at the Capitol. The anti-tax free-market message this year was much the same as it was last year, but the headlines will be different — mainly because the state Senate president stayed on message. President Kevin Grantham, a Republican from Canon City, thanked AFP activists for their effectiveness in recent years at spreading the small-government gospel in Colorado. “You all do the hard work year-round to get out the message, promoting free markets and fiscal restraint and limiting the government to promote economic opportunity in Colorado,” Grantham said. “You’re the folks that make that happen. You’re the folks that keep us honest over here in getting those things done.”


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min220

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 6, 201611min181

In the wake of this year’s long, fractious election season, Colorado’s new legislative leaders say they are looking forward to a productive lawmaking session next year at the Capitol, to which swing-state Colorado voters are again sending a divided Legislature — a Democratic House and Republican Senate. Sources at the Capitol, including top House and Senate leaders, believe the coming first session of the 71st General Assembly will host debate less encumbered by election year-style ideological posturing. Some also believe deals will be struck to make progress on big-ticket public interest issues that have hung over the Legislature unresolved for years — issues such as transportation development and affordable-housing-related construction defects reform.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 5, 201615min174

A cloudy haze filled the air inside Churchill's Restaurant & Bar in downtown Denver's Brown Palace Hotel, which may have signified the outlook by Republicans gathered about a month before the general election. The Senate Majority Fund’s 4th annual reception, titled "Cigars, Drinks & Insight into the 2016 Elections," on Tuesday night, Oct. 4, featured Andy Card, former White House chief of staff to President George W. Bush from 2001-06. Card served as U.S. secretary of transportation under President George H. W. Bush from 1992-93.