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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 28, 201715min375

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, Commerce City Democrat, has been in office longer than many of his fellow lawmakers but is still the youngest member of the state Senate, a distinction he explores in this week's episode of “Behind the Politics,” a podcast produced by the Senate Democrats. The 32-year-old member of the Joint Budget Committee also talks about the "huge challenges" balancing constitutional mandates in the $26.8 billion budget bill introduced late Monday in the Senate and reveals the most embarrassing moment he's experienced at the Capitol, which involved a group of rambunctious elementary school students who accidentally summoned the State Patrol.



Peter MarcusPeter MarcusFebruary 17, 20175min213
Colorado Senate Republicans have been the adults in the room. When it comes to transportation funding, the House has gone a bit sideways. It started when House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Democrat, told reporters transportation and education are a package deal. It was a seemingly harmless statement from the speaker, which reflected a priority for both […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 11, 201621min467

More than three decades after its founding, the Independence Institute has grown from a free-market think tank into what Jon Caldara, its president of 17 years, calls Colorado’s “Freedom Embassy,” bringing together the state’s disparate right-leaning organizations — including those representing wings of the movement that aren’t natural allies — into a place where he says they can find common ground and build the foundation for conservative principles.


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Bill CadmanBill CadmanJuly 5, 20167min257

It’s that time of year again, when the end of another legislative session invites our media friends and editorial writers to draw sweeping but invariably distorted conclusions about “what the session really meant.” These are the same people who spent months largely ignoring the bipartisan successes while hyping partisan flaps, proclaiming that rancorous “partisanship” blocked passage of all the really good stuff, making the 2016 session a waste of time with little benefit to Coloradans.


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Brian DelGrossoBrian DelGrossoJune 23, 20165min333

From the start of the session, House Republicans identified increasing funding for education and transportation and addressing Colorado’s affordable housing shortage as our top priorities. Unfortunately, our Democrat colleagues did not share our same priorities and instead focused on passing a partisan agenda that penalized, over-regulated, even publically shamed Colorado’s job creators. Democrats rejected our proposals to reprioritize existing state revenue, and instead repeatedly argued for more taxpayer revenue. The reality is, we have the revenue to address our current problems, we simply need to prioritize how it’s spent. Even though House Republicans were able to pass some important bills, the overarching theme of this session was “missed opportunities.”