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Kagan: Gov. Hickenlooper should call special session

Daniel Kagan

As I write, Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating whether to call the Legislature into special session in order to pass a comprehensive transportation bill. He should do it, and give the Legislature a chance to resuscitate the transportation proposal that so narrowly failed during the regular session. Almost everyone agrees that we need to repair […]

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Behavioral health law puts a detour around jail cells in Colorado mental health response

Jail cells are no longer a substitute for the help needed by people in behavioral and mental health crises in Colorado. Thursday Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on 72-hour mental health holds, a significant issue for Colorado’s far-flung rural areas, where proper help can be hours away. When there’s not a hospital nearby to take a person […]

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Mike Merrifield talks about getting gaveled down and mountain biking ‘until his legs fall off’ in Senate Dems’ podcast

State Sen. Mike Merifield, D-Colorado Springs, bikes through the woods in this 2013 photograph posted to his Facebook page. (Photo courtesy Mike Merrifield via Facebook)

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 […]

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Legislative leaders, bill’s sponsors lament demise of transportation funding referendum

House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, talk with reporters about a bipartisan transportation funding package the two are sponsoring on Thursday March 9, 2017, in Duran's office at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

The legislative leaders who opened this year’s session with calls to come together to craft a transportation funding solution expressed disappointment Tuesday evening after three Republican senators slammed the brakes in committee on legislation that would have asked voters to raise the sales tax to pay for roads and transit.

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#Coleg Week 13: House budget debate, contraception, internet privacy, texting while driving, seaplanes

Colorado's "gold dome."

The Democratic-controlled House takes up the budget, which was passed without an inordinate amount of pain in the Republican-controlled Senate last week. Democrats will likely try to move the ball on items of priority that were shot down in the Senate. Contraception: It’s a personal matter and a state budget concern. State health estimates routinely […]

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Linda Newell’s ‘Last Bill’ documentary depicts what government looks like from the inside

The production team behind the documentary "The Last Bill, a Senator's Story" — editor Matt Baxter, director Aaron Koehler, former state Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, the film's producer, and her daughter, Brittany Newell, the film's associate producer — test out the red carpet as the audience begins to arrive at the film's premiere on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

There were lights, more than a few cameras and plenty of action at the premiere of former state Sen. Linda Newell’s documentary film on Saturday afternoon at a Littleton theater. There was also a massive, forbidding doorway to Skull Island lit by flickering tiki lights, and lots of little girls scampering around the lobby dressed […]

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