Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 7, 20186min965
The legislation to backfill a projected $32 billion shortfall in the state employees’ pension plan is expected to be introduced Wednesday. One of the biggest priorities of the session lands near its midpoint, the same day a significant white paper on the subject is released. The bill is expected to offer a bipartisan plan for […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 19, 20171min869

The Colorado Association of Realtors named Reps. Tracy Kraft-Tharp of Wheat Ridge and Matt Gray of Broomfield its legislators of the year last week.

The association previously has presented the designation this year to Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver; Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker; and Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch.

Kraft-Tharp, who is in her third term, chairs the Houser Business Affairs and Labor Committee. She also sits on the Legislative Audit Committee.

Gray, a former deputy district attorney in Broomfield, was elected to the House last year. He serves on the  Finance, Local Government and Business Affairs and Labor committees.

“Rep. Kraft-Tharp and Rep. Gray have consistently supported issues important to Realtors,” CAR chair Ann Hayes said in a statement. “Both of these legislators have enhanced the ability of Coloradans to achieve the American dream of homeownership.”


Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 18, 20174min444
As Lakewood and other cities consider capping housing growth, a consortium of economic groups say there’s a bigger picture to consider, and it’s spelled out in a study released Wednesday. The REMI Partnership — made up of the Common Sense Policy Roundtable, Colorado Concern, the Colorado Association of Realtors and Denver South Economic Development Partnership […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirOctober 18, 20172min678

The state’s politically powerful developers have a new advocate in chief.

The Colorado Association of Homebuilders announced Tuesday that Ted Leighty will become the statewide group’s next CEO. Leighty, currently vice president of government affairs for the Colorado Association of REALTORS, will start Nov. 1.

From the association’s announcement to the press:

“The entire statewide homebuilding community is fortunate to have Ted as the association’s new CEO,” said Bruce Rau of Oakwood Homes, the current board chairman for the CAHB. “Over the past decade, Ted has established himself as a leading association executive, government relations and communications specialist, and spokesman for the housing industry. With Ted’s leadership, homebuilders across Colorado will have an experienced and respected voice to represent our members and their customers at the state level.”

Leighty replaces Scott Smith, who has led the association for the past three years and is returning to the private sector.

Said Leighty, also quoted in the announcement:

“My professional experience, and my passion, is protecting property rights and promoting the American Dream of home ownership. I look forward to working with our members, industry partners and policymakers to continue to advocate for these pillars of economic prosperity.”

The association bills itself as, “… the unified voice of the Colorado home building industry,” and includes 10 local home builders associations across the state with a statewide membership of nearly 2,000.

The association is a political heavy-hitter at the Capitol and has played an instrumental role in forging a broad range of legislation over the years, including efforts to reform construction liability laws.