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Colorado Hospital Provider Fee ceremony scheduled after the bill was not signed at a hospital

A ceremony will take place Friday at an Eastern Plains hospital to celebrate funding for rural facilities after Gov. John Hickenlooper was criticized for not signing legislation there. The Colorado Hospital Association organized an event at Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo to celebrate passage of Senate Bill 267, an omnibus that provided money for roads, […]

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Colorado governor and state lawmakers honor Jerusalem

  Gov. John Hickenlooper and state lawmakers on Wednesday afternoon participated in a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Remarks from Colorado politicians were streamed to events in Washington, D.C. and in Israel, where celebrations were taking place to mark the occasion. “Fifty years ago, facing threats few countries […]

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GOP sponsors of Hospital Provider Fee bill outraged with Colorado governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper talks with reporters on March 8, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

  Two Republican state lawmakers are irked at Gov. John Hickenlooper for not signing a bill to maintain funding for rural hospitals at one of the hospitals that would have been affected. Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, and Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, who sponsored the omnibus bill that provided money for roads, schools and hospitals, told […]

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Governor under pressure to veto Colorado civil forfeiture bill

  Gov. John Hickenlooper is being pressured to decide between criminal justice reform and the needs of the law enforcement community regarding a controversial civil forfeiture bill. Much of the law enforcement community, including Colorado Springs Police Chief Peter Carey, is urging Hickenlooper to veto the legislation, which aims at reporting seizure information to the […]

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Colorado governor will not call a special legislative session on transportation

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday announced that he will not call the legislature back to work on the outstanding issue of transportation, which could force a ballot initiative. After the legislative session ended last Wednesday, Hickenlooper had a message for lawmakers: Don’t make any vacation plans for the rest of May. But on Friday he […]

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Governor’s potential special session would put more focus on issues and lawmakers voting on them

After legislators adjourned the 120-day legislative session Wednesday night, they convened at Stoney’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. Gov. John Hickenlooper made the rounds with a message: Don’t make any vacation plans for the rest of May. He told reporters Thursday he’s going to think about it through the weekend before deciding if he […]

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Hickenlooper vetoes tax credit extension for cigar retailers

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday vetoed legislation what would have addressed a tax credit on cigars shipped out of state. The bipartisan Senate Bill 139 would have allowed cigar retailers to claim a tax credit on the state’s 40 percent excise tax for out-of-state sales. The credit is set to expire in September 2018. The […]

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Wait, wait, don’t tell me Hickenlooper was on the NPR quiz show

John Hickenlooper on NPR on the weekend makes too much sense not to happen more often. Hick did a great job on the NPR quiz show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” which aired Saturday and Sunday across the state. And he made some news, sort of, about his national ambitions after his term as governor […]

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El Paso County lawmakers urge governor to join Trump on roads

Six Republican state legislators from El Paso County are calling on the governor to get a move on to designate Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock a “high priority” to possibly score some money from the Trump administration. The president signed an executive order Tuesday to expedite environmental reviews for high-priority infrastructure projects. Trump […]

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