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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsFebruary 22, 20184min351

Of all the arguments made against gun safety proposals, far and away the most ridiculous is the "why have laws at all" argument. "But criminals won't follow the law! It won't make any difference!" We don't have laws for criminals. We have laws for the rest of us, so we can tell the difference and punish those who break them. Should we eliminate laws against rape? Against robbery? People still drive drunk, but the Colorado legislature passed a felony drunk-driving law with severe penalties last year. Should we not have bothered?


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 18, 20183min302
Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, brokered a compromise on a bill that would help desperate Colorado school districts to find teachers. If the legislation can do as well in the Senate, where it’s sponsored by Sen. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, school districts could grant a local license to an applicant who has taught three years […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 14, 20183min2806

Democratic Colorado Senate District 15 candidate Rebecca Cranston released her first campaign video to coincide with Loveland’s role in celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Because it has love in its name, Loveland is called the Sweetheart City. Each year since 1947 love letters from all over the world have been remailed from the city in Senate District 15 to bear the the postmark from the land of love.

Cranston got her friends and campaign supporters to star in the video.

“I am proud of this video and grateful for the support of a wide array of northern Coloradans who are looking for an energetic and committed candidate who can win this seat,” she said.

“There are a number of critical issues before the Colorado State Senate that impact our special quality of life in northern Colorado. I am looking forward to being a strong and inclusive voice for solution-oriented and compassionate representation.”

Cranston is a third generation Coloradan who lives i Larimer County. She said her grandmother was born and lived in Northern Colorado including Loveland and Longmont. She is the executive director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project.

Cranston’s friends in the video, in order of appearance are Judith Powers, Tim Wormus,
Matt Merolli, Judy Sanchez, Dara Ector, Bob Bongiovanni, Neil Breslau, Jacqueline Trice, Joe Werne, Holly Herson, Kimberly Chambers, Stephanie Pas Hamill, Carrie Ann Lucas, Susan Janty, Jim Janty, Stacia Ryder and Nate Donovan.

Cranston is running for running for the seat being vacated by Kevin Lundberg, a Republican who is running for state treasurer. She faces Ralph Trenary in the primary for the chance to meet the winner among GOP candidates Nic Morse and Rob Woodward.

Cranston is out to an impressive fundraising lead in the Democratic primary, with $7,322 in donations to Trenary’s $2,810 as of the last report a month ago, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. In the Republican race, however, Woodward has taken in $36,473 to Morse’s $1,761.

Cranston cited her “fireside chats” throughout the district, as well as her Sept. 1 campaign kickoff event at Big Thompson Brewing in Loveland.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 10, 20183min668
Rep. Leslie Herod received the legislator of the year award from the Colorado Association of Libraries last weekend. Rosemary Marshall, president of the Denver Public Library Commission, presented the award to Herod at the Juanita Gray Community Service and biennial Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 5, 20182min484
Sen. Leroy Garcia and Rep. Daneya Esgar, along with Rep. Phil Covarrubias, plan to introduce a resolution for the General Assembly to ask Congress to locate a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pueblo, but Colorado Springs is OK, too. Peter Roper of the Pueblo Chieftain was the first to report on the proposal over the weekend. […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 3, 20183min760
A significant bill with bipartisan momentum could make it easier for college students to transfer to other state schools. Senate Bill 69 passed the upper chamber Friday on a 33-0 vote, so it bounces to the House to start the process there. It’s sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert of Parker and Sen. Rachel […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 2, 20182min1288

A Colorado Senate committee gave a 9-2 push to a bill that, if it keeps its momentum, could allow farm and ranch operations in Colorado to hire more interns, or at least do it more cheaply.

Senate Bill 42, sponsored by Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, to create the Agricultural Workforce Development Program came out of the legislative Young and Beginning Farmers Interim Committee last summer, which convened on ways to groom or support the next generation of agricultural producers in the state.

The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored in the Senate by Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, and in the House by Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, and Marc Catlin, R-Montrose.

The bill would let employers recoup half the cost of an intern up to 130 hours. The bill isn’t terribly expensive by state spending standards: reaching $72,579 in its second, budget analysts said. The program would accept 30 interns the first year and mature to 50 the next.

“This bill focuses on the future of agriculture in Colorado by connecting new agriculturalists with seasoned experts,” Donovan said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be constructing a pathway for young and beginning rancher and farmers to develop skills and hopefully start successful careers in agriculture.”

Senate Bill 42 bounces next to the Senate Appropriation Committee.

in her statement, Donovan cited her Senate Bill 104, concerning federal money for deploying rural broadband , is up for its first hearing in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee Monday. She’s also sponsoring Senate Bill 5, the Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns Act, to be heard by the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday.

(Editor’s note: This story was updated to include other bill sponsors.)