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Women’s March on Denver attendance tops 50,000

A crowd of women, men and children estimated at 50,000 marched the streets of Denver Saturday morning for what some called a line of defense for women’s rights against the new president. “It’s been amazing to see people young and old, people of all races really coming together, women and men, to say we matter, […]

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‘Marijuana czar’ moves on, will put expertise to work for other states

Colorado’s so-called “marijuana czar” is stepping down. Andrew Freedman, Director of Marijuana Coordination, has started a consulting firm, which will assist governments in implementing legalization. Freedman is joined at the new firm, Freedman & Koski, by Lewis Koski, the deputy senior director of enforcement for the Department of Revenue, where Koski works on casino gambling, liquor […]

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Momentum builds for construction-defects reform, but critics urge caution

Legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle believe this is the year to pass robust construction defects reform in an effort to spur affordable housing development. Lawmakers outlined their legislative agendas Thursday at a forum hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. After a disappointing outcome last year on the issue, Republicans and Democrats […]

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Jail use restricted under latest mental-health recommendations

A task force made recommendations Tuesday in an effort to address a conundrum with mental health holds after Gov. John Hickenlooper last year vetoed legislation on the subject. The task force was created after Hickenlooper in June expressed concerns with a bill that would have created a tiered system, where facilities designated for mental health […]

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Rural schools aim to get on the radar of the General Assembly

Better pay and more funding in general are at the top of the list whenever public education lobbies the legislature. And nowhere are those concerns more acute than in Colorado’s small-town schools. A couple of recent reports by the state’s community news media highlighted the needs as well as some efforts to address them. The Elbert County News profiles Elizabeth […]

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Following shakeup, Colorado House GOP settles on new top staff

When Colorado House Republicans return to the legislature next week under new leadership, the caucus will be operating without a chief of staff. Instead, House Republicans will split the staff leadership position between two roles, one acting as an operations director, and another as the legislative director. “It helps maximize a lot of our talents,” […]

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Legislation to tweak tax limits intrigues some but faces long odds

As the controversial and conflicting Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights heads into its 25th year, at least two Republican state lawmakers believe the law is in need of a tuneup. Rep. Dan Thurlow of Grand Junction and Sen. Larry Crowder of Alamosa are heading down a road as bumpy as the crumbling state highways that have […]

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Will Dems’ Duran, GOP’s Grantham find common ground on highways?

The most important relationship to watch in Colorado over the next four months is House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Senate President Kevin Grantham. The pair have a lot they could fight over and little in common except an outsized influence over the lives of nearly 5.4 million Coloradans. After several legislative sessions of gridlock over […]

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Guv’s spokeswoman exits amid praise from her boss for a 24/7 performance

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s trusted spokeswoman Kathy Green is saying goodbye to a terrible 2016 with a new job opportunity in a much more hopeful new year. After two-and-a-half years serving as the governor’s communications director, Green is leaving government for private consulting, a move that is sure to sadden many in the cabinet and Colorado […]

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No shortage of GOP prospects for state treasurer; here’s the latest roundup

The election for Colorado treasurer is just under two years away and already a crowded field of Republicans is expressing interest in the position. At least four candidates have told ColoradoPolitics.com they are considering a run, and others are being encouraged to run. Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a Republican, is term-limited in two years, so the Colorado GOP […]

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