Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 22, 20176min582

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced on Twitter on the last day of the legislative session earlier this month.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 6, 20179min283

State Sen. Mike Merrifield discusses his love for the outdoors and the reason he doesn’t miss “The Big Bang Theory,” a sitcom about nerds, in a new episode of “Behind the Politics,” the weekly podcast produced by Colorado’s Senate Democrats. He also recalls with pride that he had the distinction during his first term in the House as the lawmaker who felt the wrath of the speaker’s gavel most often.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 28, 201715min247

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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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 23, 20179min239

State Sen. Steve Fenberg discusses a range of topics in an episode of “Behind the Politics,” a weekly podcast produced by the Senate Democrats posted online this week, including his work engaging young voters over the course of a decade with New Era Colorado, the Silver Plume bar he opened last summer with a few friends and some amusing incidents when his youthful appearance — he's 33 but could easily pass for several years younger — has flummoxed Capitol staff .


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 20, 20176min309

Colorado Senate Republicans want Aurora officials to know they’re standing with the owners of Capone, the dog being held by the city’s animal shelter on suspicion the longtime family pet is a wolf hybrid. And by Monday afternoon, hundreds of people had signed their names to an online petition started by the Senate GOP asking Aurora to save Capone and send him home.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 17, 20175min149
Colorado Senate Republicans have been the adults in the room. When it comes to transportation funding, the House has gone a bit sideways. It started when House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Democrat, told reporters transportation and education are a package deal. It was a seemingly harmless statement from the speaker, which reflected a priority for both […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 23, 20164min228

Colorado Senate Republicans announced committee assignments for the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, Nov. 23. New Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker) said they reflected the "more horizontal" management philosophy Senate Republicans will use going forward. "Our goal when making assignments was to diversify rather than concentrate power, which gets more of our members involved in the leadership of committees and strategic planning on the issues they handle," explained Holbert in a news release.