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Colorado Senate president ponders road ahead on transportation, Holbert says think local

Transportation
House Minority Leader Chris Holbert had legislative researchers look this up: When was the last time the General Assembly voted on any specific road project? The answer: 1899, a wagon road from Leadville to Pueblo using convicts. The public perception these days, however, is that Capitol Dome is the end of the road when it […]

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Noonan: Three strong candidates for CD7 can set a vision for Dems across the nation

Paula Noonan
The 2018 election will scramble the political scene in Colorado. Two Democratic U.S. representatives are vying for governor. Three prominent state Democratic legislators from Jefferson and Adams counties will go after the open 7th Congressional District seat vacated by US Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

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Colorado mental hospital can’t keep up with court-ordered evaluations; lawmakers concerned

Colorado mental hospital

The state mental hospital can’t keep up with judges increasingly assigning people there for mental competency evaluations, the Colorado Department of Human Services said Thursday. That means some people might spend more time than necessary locked up. Under a 2012 court settlement with the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, those sent to the Colorado Mental […]

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YESTERYEAR: World leaders descend on Denver for G-7; health care forum exposes tragedies

Colorado Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler, one of the three Denver co-hosts of the "Summit of the Eight" speaks from the Denver G-7 event stage in this June 1997 photo. (Statesman archives)
Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman: Little old Colorado was plunged into the deep end of international politics when Denver hosted eight world leaders from the Group of Seven. Denver rolled out the carpet for national leaders from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom, and on the […]

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Is texting while driving legal in Colorado? State lawmaker says, ‘Hell, no!’

A state senator behind legislation this year that increased the penalty for texting while driving is “livid” over recent conversations that the bill may have made the dangerous practice legal. Sen. Lois Court, D-Denver, referenced a Tuesday Denver Post article with the headline, “Hold the phone. Did Colorado just make it legal to text and […]

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Effort to fund Colorado Energy Office fails after Republicans raise objections

Ponnequin Wind Farm near Carr, Colo. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

An effort to save much of the Colorado Energy Office failed on Tuesday after Republicans objected to a funding request made by the governor’s office. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, asked for $3.1 million to preserve the Energy Office, which — in addition to promoting renewable energy — also assists schools, the agriculture industry and […]

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