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Progressives groups release combined scorecards rating Colorado legislators

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a […]

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Getting to yes, just saying no: Lawmakers Everett, Hansen and Kennedy talk session votes

State Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, left, presses the 'yes' button at his desk in House chambers on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Kennedy and fellow first-year state Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, were the only lawmakers to have voted 'yes' on third reading for every bill in the just-completed 2017 regular session of the General Assembly. State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, right, presses the 'no' button at his desk in House chambers on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Everett was the only lawmaker to have voted 'no' on third reading more times than he voted 'yes' (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

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 […]

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With Esgar on board, House Dems pass bitter-pill measure to slash hospital funds, advance budget debate

Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, toughs out a vote on the budget that might end in slashing $500 million from hospitals that serve hard-pressed residents. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Democratic leaders dodged a bullet Tuesday afternoon and passed with one vote to spare a crucial “orbital” budget bill that nevertheless threatens to blow a gaping hole in state hospital budgets and shutter healthcare facilities in already woefully underserved rural districts. Senate Bill 256 passed on 33-31 vote. Four Democrats joined the Republican caucus to […]

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TABOR reform bill by maverick Republicans meets demise in GOP committee

Senate Republicans on Monday killed a TABOR reform effort by one of their own to allow the state to retain excess revenue when economic times are good. On a party-line vote, the TABOR reform measure died in a Republican-controlled “kill committee,” where legislation deemed unfavorable by the majority party is sent to die. What was […]

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Coffman on more veterans’ woes, time changes of death, the big budget shortfall and more

"People ask me, 'what do you think about Trump,' says U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the opening line of his ad "Country First." "Honestly, I don't care for him much ... and I certainly don't trust Hillary," he added. The ad then fades creatively to a vintage photo of Coffman in a desert dressed in military fatigues. "I'm a Marine," Coffman declared. For me country comes first."

Good morning and Happy Monday. Whether we like it or not, those Mondays keep on a comin’. Thank you sir, may I have another! Read on for this week’s rundown of intel straight from Colorado’s political pipeline … COLORADO KUMBAYA: The Neil Gorsuch Support Ticker (confirmation hearings begin this week): Steve Farber of Brownstein Farber […]

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Lawmakers say they’ll produce safety data Hickenlooper wants on bar closing times

Lawmakers say they’ll produce safety data Hickenlooper demands on bar closing times

Gov. John Hickenlooper says he wants “conclusive” evidence that extending bar hours won’t endanger the public and on Wednesday told lawmakers either to produce it or scrap a bill to let local governments set later closing times and instead create a study, The Colorado Statesman has learned, but the bill’s sponsors say they’ll be happy […]

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TABOR reform bill passes Colorado House, but with less GOP support

A measure that would reform the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, passed the House on Thursday, but not before losing some Republican support. The bill – which is sponsored by two somewhat maverick Republicans on the subject – passed the Democratic-controlled House 39-26. It now heads to the Republican-majority Senate. Only one other Republican joined […]

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TABOR reform measure passes first test with bipartisan support

An effort to reform the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, passed its first test on Monday with Republican support, though the legislation faces an uphill battle. Some TABOR observers call it progress that two Republicans are sponsoring the effort to change how the state calculates its spending cap. The bill received bipartisan support from […]

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