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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandFebruary 13, 20186min425
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, under fire from open records advocates over its attempt to write its own open records rules, decided Monday to delay a decision on those rules, in part because of objections from the public. And after hearing from transparency advocates, including the organization that wrote the law creating the commission, one […]

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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandJanuary 29, 201810min436
The state’s Independent Ethics Commission has decided to write its own rules about how and whether it is subject to the state’s open records law, and that’s drawing pushback from the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Secretary of State’s Office and other open records advocates. The commission, in court challenges to its […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 21, 20176min560

Colorado’s campus free speech bill on Tuesday won a unanimous 64-0 vote on the state House floor. It was another triumph of bipartisan support for a bill that was early linked in the minds of lawmakers to contentious conservative cable-news narratives but that broke increasingly free with each committee and floor debate to be embraced as productive and important public policy, turning skeptics into supporters all along the way. “It was a lot of work, but good work,” said Rep. Jeff Bridges, a Democrat from Greenwood Village after the House vote. “I told people on the campaign trail that I would be looking for common ground at the Capitol and, I can say, we all met in the middle on this bill. It was a huge team effort by colleagues on both sides. Lots of credit all around on this one.”


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James AndersonJames AndersonMarch 1, 20177min392

A bill aimed at modernizing Colorado's Open Records Act has survived its first Senate hearing — but with an amendment that could mean trouble down the road. The GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send Senate Bill 40 by Democratic Sen. John Kefalas to the Senate Appropriations Committee.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightDecember 8, 201611min370

Fifteen Years Ago this week in the Colorado Statesman … The Colorado Children's Chorale performance at the White House was proclaimed a riveting success. Thirty-two Colorado children performed at a private event at the White House, an experience the now-adults have surely not forgotten. “The Holiday Open House” event was for White House staff, members of Congress, the Secret Service, and members of Washington D.C.’s local fire and police forces. The chorale performed two 45-minute sets — one at the White House entrance and the other in the East Room — consisting of holiday and patriotic music.