Democrats made big changes to a bill to fill a $32 billion hole in the state's pension plan for public employees Monday in a partisan fight that's likely to play out more before the session adjourns in three weeks.
Three legislative candidates learned Friday that they had gathered enough signatures to qualify for Colorado's June primary ballot, the secretary of state's office announced — although one of them only made it by a whisker.
The sponsors called the compromise to fix PERA a starting point, not a finish line, as a bill to do so was introduced Wednesday. Senate Republicans and House Democrats agree, however, that lawmakers must make sure the money the state pension brings in is enough to support its retirees.
The dominance of west Denver Democratic legislators in the State Capitol will be over at the end of the 2018 session. In the House chamber, Speaker Crisanta Duran, HD-05, and Rep. Dan Pabon, HD-04, are both term limited.
I'LL SEE YOUR BERNIE AND RAISE A JOYCE FOSTER ... The battle of the bold-faced names is on in the House District 9 Democratic primary, where three-term incumbent state Rep. Paul Rosenthal is facing two candidates seeking to dislodge him from the southeast Denver seat.
Less than a week had passed since Bernie Sanders — yes, that Bernie Sanders — endorsed Rosenthal challenger Emily Sirota when Rosenthal rolled out a Bernie endorsement of his own from Bernie Steinberg — yes, that Bernie Steinberg — to counter it.