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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 12, 20175min898
Here’s something I bet you haven’t heard anywhere else: The Colorado House and Senate each could flip next year. OK, maybe you’ve heard half that. The Republicans hold just a one-seat edge in the 35-member Senate, which will see 17 seats on the ballot next year. But the House? Democrats enjoy a nine-seat majority in […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 25, 201727min691

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 regular session. Considering all the bills that made it to final, third-reading votes in the session — 490 in the House and 459 in the Senate — between them, these three legislators cast the most ‘no’ votes and the most ‘yes’ votes, respectively, according to an analysis prepared by bill-tracking service Colorado Capitol Watch.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMay 18, 201716min40

State House Minority Whip Lori Saine said she had been working on the memorial resolution offered for Bill Armstrong during a joint session of the Legislature on and off for a year. Same with the eulogy she delivered — and she was clearly charged with deep feeling as she read it out to a chamber packed with past and present elected officials. She was speaking Friday, April 28, from the well of the House. Men and women lined the walls, including members of Armstrong’s family.



Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 26, 20173min35
A bill on lowering the age of consent for child therapy from 15 to 12 stirred unusual passion and emotion on the House floor Tuesday. Normally by this stage of a legislative session, with the May 10 end in sight, the passion for all but a few bills is dimming, as even true believers start to think like […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 22, 20173min260

Granted, conservative political blog Colorado Peak Politics keeps its slingshot aimed high and long at the left side of the political aisle. But the blog’s latest gotcha, even if intended to snare a Democrat, is worth a chuckle in any event. Indeed, Republicans are as likely to find themselves caught in a similar faux pas — a case of mistaken identity involving the wrong mountain range or city skyline or maybe even state depicted on the likes of campaign mailers or websites. Often it’s the fault of a rushed graphic artist with a less-than-keen eye. The pol gets the blame, of course.

In this case, Colorado state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, wound up with the wrong state capitol building on her website. Twice. Peak Politics explains:

Last week, she featured the inside of the Texas State Capitol, which is conveniently labeled with the letters T-E-X-A-S. An astute reader pointed that Jenet had changed her photo. We assumed it corrected the photo to feature the Colorado State Capitol. We assumed wrong.

This week, Jenet featured the dome of the Connecticut State Capitol for the picture associated with the work and page “Priorities”. So, this week, her priorities are…Connecticut?

The blog conveniently posted a screenshot:

The blog closes with a little extra snark: “For the love of God, Rep. Jenet, here are the Google results from Colorado + State + Capitol + Dome. There are many options from which to choose. Do we have to do everybody’s job around here?”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 14, 20177min681

Three former legislators won election to county party offices on Saturday as state Democrats and Republicans conduct their biennial reorganization meetings. Denver Democrats elected former state Rep. Mike Cerbo, D-Denver, to a two-year term as the county party’s chairman, Adams County Republicans tapped former state Rep. JoAnn Windholz, R-Commerce City, as vice chair, and El Paso County Republicans picked former state Rep. Catherine “Kit” Roupe, R-Colorado Springs, as their secretary.



Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 21, 20175min39
Many of Colorado’s top Democratic politicians led the Women’s March on Denver Saturday — a march that drew a crowd so massive and spread-out that Denver police refused to try to guess its size. Organizers put the number at 200,000 of receptive potential voters to oust Republicans in President Donald Trump’s mid-term election in 2018 […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min420

In the grand total of many things political, Democrats did well in Colorado in 2016, going against the fly-over state trend. Even so, at the state level, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Statewide, unaffiliated voters broke toward Democrats at about 4.5 percent. With party registrations in November at almost even between Democrats and Republicans, both parties needed unaffiliated voters to give them more votes, and Democrats won that battle decisively.