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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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Bipartisan pols close ranks with rural Colorado landowners over ‘right to farm’

After a years-long court battle with a neighbor, a West Slope Colorado family has won a jury verdict in Delta County District Court affirming its right to operate a 15,000-hen egg farm under Colorado’s “right to farm” law. The case is said to have far-reaching implications for farming as well as property rights in general, […]

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Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman hails equality in Colorado at LGBT pride rally

"I have never seen that Capitol lawn look more colorful, more united than it does today, and I love it," says Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, at a rally to celebrate LGBT equality on Sunday, June 18, 2017, on the steps of the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Colorado has some of the nation’s toughest non-discrimination laws but still has work to do, Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said at a Denver rally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered equality Sunday. Coffman, the lone Republican on a stage filled with Democratic elected officials and candidates, told the crowd she could also be the only […]

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ICYMI: Hemp bill hot water, redistricting outcry in El Paso County, Aurora performing arts center in the works

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A bill designed to help an Arkansas Valley hemp farmer in a water dispute with the federal government landed state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, in some hot water with at least one constituent. Coram sponsored Senate Bill 117, which recognizes industrial

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Hate crimes in Colorado just added harassment against LGBTQ people and the disabled

This is shaping up to be a pivotal week for LGBTQ Coloradans on discrimination, religious liberty and the state hate crime law. Tuesday, Democratic members of Congress, including all of Colorado’s members, agreed to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination under civil rights protections. Thursday, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order expanding religious liberty […]

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#Coleg Week 17: Hospital fee, high-risk pools, transportation reprise, forced pooling, Columbus Day, sanctuary cities

Colorado's "gold dome."
The big game this week will strut into the open on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m., when the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 267, the forebodingly titled “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” proposal. The bill would rescue the proposed state budget from its wretchedness by refilling $500 million in hospital cuts and generating […]

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#Coleg Week 16: Transportation-hospital fee moments of truth, fueling stations by Xcel, repealing Columbus Day, rolling coal…

Colorado's "gold dome."

Two-and-a-half weeks till closing time, and there’s plenty of business left to conduct in this building. All eyes will be watching transportation-funding House Bill 1242. It’s being heard Tuesday in the Senate Finance committee. It’s one of the big-deal top-priority bills of the session, and it seems doomed. Will there be amendments? Will someone have […]

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Colorado Senate advances ban on toxic ‘coal rolling’ cultural protest

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Colorado lawmakers are inching toward outlawing “coal rolling,” the practice of adjusting the workings of a diesel truck in order to let loose at will clouds of unfiltered exhaust as a form of cultural protest in an age of electric cars and climate change. The state Senate voted on Wednesday to pass a revised version […]

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