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Colorado legislature killed big-picture review of public schools — so guv orders it instead

Reassessing Colorado’s K-12 education system is a big job. So big, evidently, that Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t going to wait for the legislature to get around to it. Certainly not after the state Senate’s ruling Republicans snuffed out legislation that would have gotten the ball rolling during the 2017 session. Hence, the governor’s executive order […]

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Interior chief to Colorado’s Cory Gardner: Ancients ain’t on the bubble

So, maybe all us Coloradans at last can stop our worrying, OK? U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s office even provided a video clip of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confirming for Gardner in a committee hearing Tuesday what Gov. John Hickenlooper had concluded earlier this year: that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Southwest Colorado isn’t going […]

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$4.5 million, eh? So, what do they really want for all that money?

A $4.5 million grant announced this week to help Colorado study good government may have impressed Gov. John Hickenlooper and perhaps a host of others, but it doesn’t sit well with conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics. You’ll recall ColoradoPolitics.com’s Joey Bunch reported on the windfall Tuesday: The grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will […]

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Funny man-turned-U.S. Sen. Al Franken — on stage in Denver with Hick

Yup: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will appear live with the writer, comedian and left-leaning political provocateur who made a national name for himself on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” — then ran for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat in Minnesota in 2008. And won. Franken also will be peddling — and signing — his latest […]

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National forfeiture foe says ‘Colorado now has the best laws in the nation’

Washington, D.C.-based civil-liberties watchdog Institute for Justice joined in the applause for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision Friday to sign into law a much-debated rollback of state and local law enforcement’s civil-forfeiture powers. The new law includes a number of checks on those powers including a provision that drew dogged opposition from Colorado’s law-enforcement agencies: State and local […]

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Straight outta #copolitics: Left, right see it the same way on forfeiture reform

Waiting for HB17-1313’s fate like: #copolitics #coleg pic.twitter.com/mVdjBbVpgw — Alan Franklin (@alanfranklin) June 9, 2017 He will not sign 1313 into law. The best you can hope for is Governor doing nothing. Becomes law without a veto or signature. PAR for course — Steve Lebsock (@RepLebsock) June 9, 2017 NOW: @ColoSenGOP says civil asset forfeiture […]

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Governor chided for mulling ‘blackmail tactics’ to keep insurer on board Obamacare

Actually, the pro-GOP advocacy group Compass Colorado used even stronger language in a shot at Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper this week over his proposed use of carrot and stick on insurers to keep the state’s health insurance exchange viable. The governor himself put a more pragmatic spin on it. At issue is the governor’s acknowledgment Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado […]

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Fox31 shines a worthy light on Colorado’s regulatory indifference to illegal horse racing

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  Props to Chris Halsne and Chris Koeberl of Fox31 for shining a light on illegal horse racing, a problem hardly anyone else in the Colorado media, or the governor, knew existed. Match races are unsanctioned and the gambling unregulated and illegal, Halsne reported. But more troubling, like beauty pageant mothers, some horse owners will […]

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Voice of small biz in Colorado tips hat to Hick for signing business-friendly bills

  We noted last month after the 2017 session was gaveled to a close that the National Federation of Independent Business in Colorado had given lawmakers a B- overall for their work. While the grade wasn’t too shabby, as we also noted, longtime NFIB state Director Tony Gagliardi didn’t hold back criticism of the legislature for […]

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‘Compromise’ or ‘casserole’? Rural-sustainability bill does a lot; here’s an in-depth look

As we mentioned in passing just a day ago when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the wide-ranging Senate Bill 267 into law, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” (the measure’s title) can mean a whole bunch of things. It’s all very complicated. In other words, Tuesday’s signing was about more than Hick and Senate President Kevin Grantham shooting hoops […]

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