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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 13, 20176min580

Explaining the difference between a judge and a justice, Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice gave state lawmakers an idea of how the state court system is set up, at times causing House and Senate members to chuckle and laugh. Her sometimes light-hearted and informative State of the Judiciary address Friday, Jan. 13, began with Rice stating "I'm not the boss, they are" and gestured towards other state Supreme Court justices sitting in the front row of the House chambers. Rice explained the chief justice is chosen by all the court's judges and the title can be taken away "if they think I'm not doing a good job."


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 11, 201712min598

Even before she took the oath of office, state Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, readily answered to the title of Speaker of the House. As roll call was taken Wednesday, Jan. 11, the first day of the 71st General Assembly, the clerk asked if the speaker was present and both state Rep. Dixie Hullinghorst, D-Gunbarrel - who wrapped up her term as speaker - and Duran answered "here." Duran then laughed lightly from her seat with family members on the House floor.