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Sen. Ray Scott calls for tax on bicycles to help pay for Colorado roads

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Senate Republicans in the last legislative session wouldn’t allow any new taxes to pay for roads, but Sen. Ray Scott has found one he can embrace: taxing bicycles. Scott, an influential Republican from Grand Junction, first made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday morning, atop a Washington Times story about Oregon becoming the first to implement […]

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ALEC puts Colorado label on business-friendly policies for lawmakers

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The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its three-day annual gathering in Denver Wednesday to tilt state legislators from across the country toward the industry-friendly principles of free markets and limited government. Moreover, the business-supported nonprofit best known by its acronym, ALEC, helps them draft pro-business legislation to fight a ground war of sorts in […]

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to talk trade at Denver forum next month

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox will do something next month Donald Trump hasn’t done since becoming U.S. president: visit Colorado. Fox is expected to discuss trade deals and business opportunities between Mexico and Colorado as part of the Global Trade & Investment Forum Aug. 29-31. Tickets to most events are available online. Denver Mayor Michael […]

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Colorado Democrat Jared Polis raises $274,000 for gubernatorial run with help from himself

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis addresses Colorado Democrats at the state party's biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Marriott City Center in Denver. Polis plans to announce he's running for governor on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat running for governor, raised more than $274,000 in his first fundraising period, largely fueled by his own contributions. In the 18-day reporting period since Polis launched his campaign in June, he reported more than 450 individual contributions, with nearly 85 percent coming from Coloradans. But much of the money […]

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Western Conservative Summit draw stars, but none from the White House

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They’ve all been to the Western Conservative Summit before: White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, to name a few of the Trump administration in Denver. But this year one of the nation’s largest gathering of conservative advocates and experts, held annually in Denver, has only President Trump’s lawyer […]

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Colorado Democrat Cary Kennedy raises $343,000 in her first gubernatorial fundraising period

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer and former chief financial officer and deputy mayor of Denver, discusses her top priorities for the state on Friday, April 7 2017, at her home in east Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, a Democrat running for governor, reported raising $343,000 in her first fundraising period. The campaign said that 92 percent of contributors reside in Colorado. Kennedy received contributions from 34 of the state’s 64 counties. The campaign received 1,705 donations, more than half of which were under $100. Kennedy announced her […]

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Democrat Mike Johnston raises more than $300,000 in second gubernatorial fundraising period

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston, a former state senator from Denver, speaks with voters at a campaign event on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Belmar Library in Lakewood. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Former state Sen. Mike Johnston, a Democrat running for governor, is reporting raising more than $300,000 in his second fundraising period. The haul builds off of an impressive first quarter for Johnston, who raised a record $625,000. With the first-quarter report, Johnston’s total fundraising is at just under $1 million, which is more than any […]

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Tolling on an existing I-25 lane is one way to stretch Colorado’s transportation dollars

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A new report from the Boulder-based Southwest Energy Efficiency Project asserts tolling could help drive traffic remedies on Interstate 25 through Denver. The idea would be to take an existing lane and put on price on it. People who want to pay could use it, similar to the high-occupancy toll lane on U.S. 36 between […]

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Insights: Who’s terrified about Medicaid? Someone you probably know

Since politics is played like football now, Americans are left to decide who we’re rooting for on health care reforms, the taxpayers or Medicaid recipients. The staggering tax dollars on one side the ledger and the human toll on the other leaves those politically in the middle — the few there are — paralyzed to […]

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