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John TomasicJohn TomasicOctober 6, 201615min415

Larry Crowder and James Casias are locked in a tight contest for a Senate district seat that may determine the balance of power at the state Capitol. It’s a race charged with ideological power, even though Crowder and Casias line up very closely on the political spectrum. Crowder is an older man with deep roots in southeast Colorado and dedicated to serving the public interest. Same with Casias. The men use interchangeable phrases when taking about the challenges today’s information and service economy poses to the residents of the hard-pressed western prairieland that makes up the district, where farming, mining and drilling have shaped life for generations.


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Kara MasonKara MasonFebruary 23, 20166min441

Monday was another gun-policy day at the Colorado Capitol. At the center of a second-reading back-and-forth in the state Senate, U.S. Senate candidate Tim Neville, R-Littleton, defended his proposal to lift the requirement that Coloradans who wish to carry concealed firearms apply for a permit and take training classes. “Coloradans shouldn’t have to go begging to the government to exercise their God-given unalienable Second Amendment right,” Neville argued. His bill passed the Senate Tuesday morning on a party-line 17-18 vote and now heads to the House where Democrats are sure to defeat it.