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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 3, 201810min674

The battle is heating up over how Colorado draws its legislative and congressional boundaries. After failing to knock out a pair of proposed redistricting and reapportionment ballot measures in court, a rough coalition of mostly liberal and good-government groups filed competing ballot measures in late December and is vowing to take the choice before voters this fall — potentially a case of, if you can't beat 'em in court, join 'em on the ballot.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 11, 20175min234
For all the tight controls on campaign contributions to candidates for state office — no individual donor can give more than $1,150 to someone running for governor, and it’s lower for legislative contenders — the state imposes no restraints at all on a candidate for the Baca County Commission. Or for Larimer County treasurer. Or clerk and […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 1, 20175min199
A bill to make public records available electronically passed the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday, a milestone for a controversial bill. “It has indeed been an interesting journey and a work in progress,” said Senate Bill 40‘s sponsor, John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, After similar legislation, Senate Bill 37, died in committee last year, […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 6, 20174min404

A Senate committee hearing on a much-anticipated state open records bill was postponed Monday, taking witnesses lined up to testify and the bill sponsor by surprise. <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-040" target="_blank">Senate Bill 40</a> was set to be heard in the Republican-controlled State Affairs committee this afternoon. News of the delay was announced on the floor of the Senate this morning just hours before testimony was scheduled to begin. Sources said the reason for the delay was simply to provide committee members with additional time to gather information. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, concerns public access to digital database records. It has been worked over for months in a legislative interim committee. Members of the interim committee took pains to tweak the bill in ways that won over interested parties who have opposed versions of the bill as it was introduced in years past.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 3, 201713min295

Kevin Flynn has written about ethics battles on city councils and other local governing bodies, now he's writing an almost-new code of ethics for the Denver City Council. The former longtime reporter, was elected in District 2, the southwestern part of Denver, in 2015. Several months after he took office, Flynn said a task force formed to review the city's ethics code needed a council representative and he asked to be appointed.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 18, 20167min539

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to have occurred, the city ordinance that regulates lobbyists by requiring registration and the reports does not identify specific oversight. Like many other areas of municipal and state regulations, it is basically a self-reporting arrangement that is only investigated upon complaint, according to Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 11, 201610min309

Annual and monthly disclosure reports by elected officials, city employees and lobbyists registered with the City and County of Denver would see several changes under proposed regulations from the city clerk and recorder. The city council's Finance and Governance committee took a first look at the proposed changes from Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson at its Oct. 4 meeting and asked for several revisions Johnson will present in November.