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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 16, 20187min1081

Call him Schrödinger’s rep. Like the cat made famous by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s 1935 thought experiment in quantum mechanics, Colorado Springs Republican Shane Sandridge can be considered both alive and dead — in the political sense — until the Colorado GOP reveals how the party's executive committee ruled last week on a complaint challenging the vacancy election to fill former state Rep. Dan Nordberg's House District 14 seat.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 15, 20183min1229

The Colorado House Republicans announced its committee assignments Friday. As the minority party in the chamber, the caucus controls no committee chairmanships or majorities.

Here are the assignments:

House Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee

  • Jon Becker, ranking member
  • Perry Buck
  • Marc Catlin
  • Kimmi Lewis
  • Hugh McKean
  • Lori Saine

House Appropriations Committee

  • Bob Rankin, ranking member
  • Jon Becker
  • Susan Beckman
  • Justin Everett
  • Patrick Neville

House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

  • Lang Sias, ranking member
  • Larry Liston
  • Shane Sandridge
  • Dan Thurlow
  • Kevin Van Winkle
  • Dave Williams

House Education Committee

  • Jim Wilson, ranking member
  • Justin Everett
  • Tim Leonard
  • Paul Lundeen
  • Judy Reyher
  • Lang Sias

House Finance Committee

  • Kevin Van Winkle, ranking member
  • Susan Beckman
  • Phil Covarrubias
  • Polly Lawrence
  • Shane Sandridge
  • Dan Thurlow

House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee

  • Susan Beckman, ranking member
  • Phil Covarrubias
  • Stephen Humphrey
  • Lois Landgraf
  • Kim Ransom
  • Jim Wilson

House Judiciary Committee

  • Yeulin Willett, ranking member
  • Terri Carver
  • Paul Lundeen
  • Cole Wist

House Local Government Committee

  • Kim Ransom, ranking member
  • Larry Liston
  • Hugh McKean
  • Judy Reyher
  • Dan Thurlow
  • Jim Wilson

House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee

  • Lois Landgraf, ranking member
  • Susan Beckman
  • Marc Catlin
  • Justin Everett
  • Hugh McKean
  • Kim Ransom

House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee

  • Stephen Humphrey, ranking member
  • Tim Leonard
  • Dave Williams

House Transportation and Energy Committee

  • Polly Lawrence, ranking member
  • Jon Becker
  • Perry Buck
  • Terri Carver
  • Kimmi Lewis

Legislative Audit Committee

  • Lori Saine
  • Tim Leonard

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 12, 20179min1535

After cutting a provocative path though Colorado’s political scene for half a decade, conservative spinmeister Jonathan Lockwood pulled up stakes and decamped for a strange land with strange customs, a place unaccustomed to his rapid-fire, unrelenting attacks on liberals and his take-no-prisoners approach to making a point — a place called Oregon.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 26, 20178min248

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a “political stunt” and told Colorado Politics he doubts the predictable rankings — Democrats good, Republicans bad — give voters any meaningful information.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 28, 201715min249

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, Commerce City Democrat, has been in office longer than many of his fellow lawmakers but is still the youngest member of the state Senate, a distinction he explores in this week's episode of “Behind the Politics,” a podcast produced by the Senate Democrats. The 32-year-old member of the Joint Budget Committee also talks about the "huge challenges" balancing constitutional mandates in the $26.8 billion budget bill introduced late Monday in the Senate and reveals the most embarrassing moment he's experienced at the Capitol, which involved a group of rambunctious elementary school students who accidentally summoned the State Patrol.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 25, 20173min261

Republicans are the minority caucus in the Colorado House. It's a tough gig. In the year of the Trump presidential election victory, the House Republicans lost three seats, swelling the Democratic majority to nine seats. The chamber's committees are naturally stacked against perennial favorite conservative proposals. Vote tallies are often lopsided; the results just as often predetermined. House minority Communications Director Joel Maleka is clearly frustrated. The theme he has landed on for his regular dispatches isn't subtle. Here are the five running posts from the "House Gop Latest News" box at the caucus website:


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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 30, 201714min258

Colorado House Republicans pitched a religious liberty bill last Wednesday to the Democratic-controlled State Affairs committee. It was the same kind of bill that has stirred hornets nest-like national protests in other states for fear that religious liberty might translate on the ground as discrimination. Republicans knew the bill, HB 1013, would die in committee, and it did, on a 6-3 party line vote. Earlier versions have ended the same way the last two years. But the bill sponsors — Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, and Steve Humphrey, R-Eaton — hoped the bill would advance the cause by demonstrating their commitment to it and by building additional support with a well-made case laid out in the public square.