Brittany Pettersen Archives - Colorado Politics
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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 13, 20185min271
State Rep. Brittany Pettersen was pleased after Gov. John Hickenlooper finished his State of the State address Thursday. He, Senate President Kevin Grantham and House Speaker Crisanta Duran agreed with her: Something must be done about Colorado’s opioid abuse epidemic. Each of the leaders made finding answers a priority. “We really have all of our […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 11, 20183min9200

Sure, there were all the opening-day rituals under the Dome on Wednesday — speeches, promises of bipartisanship and warm greetings among almost all of the 100 members, who insisted they were happy to see one another again. But then there’s the real business of the General Assembly: making laws (well, and killing legislation; plenty of that, too).

And the House Democratic majority got down to business the same day, releasing its caucus’s first five bills — enunciating some of their top priorities for the 2018 session. An announcement from the Dems’ press shop boiled it down to, “work-life balance, rural education, the opioid epidemic and college education credits.”

Or, as House Speaker Crisanta Duran put it:

“A major goal this session is to create more opportunities for Coloradans to turn their hard work into economic security. …These bills are part of a much larger agenda to preserve and enhance our Colorado way of life.”

Here’s the legislation — a lot of it with bipartisan sponsorship — as read across the House clerk’s desk:

  • HB18-1001/Reps. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Matt Gray, D-Broomfield – Creates an insurance programs that allows more Coloradans to take paid time off to care for a sick parent or loved one without having to quit their jobs, or risk being fired.
  • HB18-1002/Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale – Enables students in the final year of a teacher preparation program to receive stipends for teaching in rural school districts with teacher shortages. The first of several bills to address the rural teacher shortage.
  • HB18-1003/Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood – Authorizes grants for education, screening, intervention and prevention services to address the opioid epidemic, which is now the leading cause of accidental death among Coloradans 55 years of age and under. Part of a package of opioids bills from a bipartisan interim committee being brought by Reps. Pettersen, Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, and Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont.
  • HB18-1004/Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver – Extends a tax credit for donations to child care facilities to help increase the availability of quality child care providers in Colorado.
  • HB18-1005/Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan – Expands notification to students and their parents about concurrent enrollment opportunities, so high school students can get a jump on their college educations.

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 16, 20175min12370

Jason Crow showed some separation the three-way primary in the the 6th Congressional District  Friday with a list of endorsements from Democrats you probably know, if you know much about Colorado statehouse.

He’s facing Levi Tillemann and David Aarestad in the primary for the district that includes Aurora and portions of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman is facing Roger Edwards in the GOP primary.

“I’m proud to endorse Jason Crow,” state Sen. Angela Williams from east Denver said in a statement. Williams if viewed as a future candidate for higher office and a well-regarded voice on Democratic positions at the Capitol.

“I’ve known Jason and his family for many years. I’ve worked with him in the community and he was one of my first supporters. Jason is as hard working and genuine as they come. Jason knows how to build teams that reflect the diversity of our community and promote inclusivity. He never shies away from the tough fights and knows how to get things done. I know Jason will go to Washington to truly represent the interests of our community and Colorado, not Washington special interests. Our state and country will be a better place once he is elected and I look forward to helping send him to Congress.”

Other Democratic endorsements came from:

  • State Rep. James Coleman
  • State Rep. Mike Foote
  • State Rep. Alec Garnett
  • State Rep. Chris Hansen
  • State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet
  • Former State Rep. Alice Madden
  • Former State Rep. Joe Miklosi
  • State Rep. Brittany Pettersen
  • Former State Sen. Suzanne Williams

Interestingly, Pettersen was a candidate in the 7th Congressional District this year, until incumbent Ed Perlmutter changed his mind and decided to run for re-election instead of governor. Miklosi lost a close race to Coffman in 2012, and Garnett is the former state party executive director.

“I am honored to earn the support of these amazing public servants,” Crow, an Army Ranger combat veteran, stated. “Their confidence in our campaign and the continued momentum proves that Coloradans are ready for change in Washington. We need servants leaders willing to put partisanship aside and get things done. I’ve never shied away from a tough fight, whether it was serving overseas, or working to help bring the Veterans Medical Center to Aurora.”

In a statement provided by Crow’s campaign, state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet of Commerce City said, “Jason Crow is the candidate that can defeat Mike Coffman and help take our country in a new direction. Jason has dedicated his life to our country and community, from serving our country in war and fighting for the new VA hospital, to helping those recovering from addiction. Jason’s focus on servant leadership will be a refreshing change to the division and dysfunction in Washington. Jason truly listens and he understands the needs of the people in North Aurora and Adams County. He will be a tireless advocate for families, students, and Seniors. As a representative of the district, I am proud to endorse his candidacy and look forward to working with him to bring new leadership to the 6th.”

Crow’s campaign noted he earlier was endorsed by former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, former Sen. Mark Udall, former Gov. Bill Ritter, former U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former U.S. Sen. Gabby Giffords, End Citizens United, Pipefitters Local 208, VoteVets and New Politics.

The campaign also has noted previously the backing of Adams County Commissioners Eva Henry, Steve O’Dorisio and Chaz Tedesco, along with Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen, as well as as state Sen. Irene Aguilar and former State Rep. Karen Middleton. Middleton is the executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 7, 20172min6290

Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran is putting on a town hall Tuesday night to chat with the experts and community members about the challenges of the state’s population growth.

The state Demographer’s Office said Colorado’s population was about 5 million in 2010 and could reach 8 million by 2040.

The town hall is from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at the Girls Athletic Leadership School at 750 Galapago St. in Denver

Duran’s panel includes:

  • Will Toor, director of transportation programs for  the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
  • Laura Brudzynski from the Denver Office of Economic Development.
  • Rick Padilla, director of housing development for the city and county of Denver.
  • Carol Hedges, director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute.
  • Jerilynn Martinez, director of marketing and community relations for the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.
  • Jack Tone, a board member of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association.
  • Dre Chiriboga-Flor, transit organizer for 9to5.

“While growth has led to many benefits, such as low unemployment and good jobs for Coloradans, we need to take on the challenges that come with this growth,” Duran said. “Whether it is skyrocketing housing costs, dealing with the high cost of living or being stuck on the highway for hours during rush hour, we can and must to more to address these issues.”

Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country and already is far behind in funding roads and schools. Lawmakers such as Duran and state Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, and Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, have taken a lead on programs that help people plan for retirement and assess pubic services.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningSeptember 14, 20175min5200

Two Lakewood Republicans are considering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter's bid for a seventh term in the 7th Congressional District, Colorado Politics has learned. Jerry Natividad, who mounted a brief campaign last year for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, and Mark Barrington, who has run for legislative and city council seats, both said they're thinking about running for the seat — particularly after Perlmutter said in April he was running for governor and wouldn't seek reelection, then dropped from the gubernatorial field in July and then declared in August he was back in the congressional race.