Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 17, 20171min289
The Colorado Union of Taxpayers will hand out some awards and talk some statehouse politics at a breakfast Thursday at the Independence Institute in Denver. Tickets, $5 for CUT members and $15 for non-members, are still available online. Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City and House Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist of Centennial […]

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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min374

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.



Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 9, 201629min440

DENVER — Good morning. Yesterday, Colorado activist groups of all sorts of varieties submitted petition signatures to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams's office in attempts to legislate from the streets, placing issues near and dear to their hearts on the November general election ballot. It's how things get done in the Wild West. Some argue it's spelled D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y. Others would say it's spelled E-N-D R-U-N or H-I-G-H-E-S-T B-I-D-D-E-R. At least for now, unless Raise the Bar succeeds with their ballot initiative to make it much harder to amend Colorado's constitution, something establishment types consider a noble goal while TABOR worshipers and conservative stalwarts consider the move an unorthodox blasphemy, making the situation worse by locking up the government levers for only the wealthiest and most well-to-do.



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 21, 201639min387

DENVER — Today is the day Republican nominee for president Donald Trump will deliver his big speech in front of the Colorado delegation and the rest of the convention crowd and nation. Yep, the old convention nomination acceptance speech, every presidential candidate's biggest chance to set the tone for the rest of the election. Coincidently, today is also Get to Know Your Customer Day ... and Invite an Alien to Live with you Day. So, happy .... those, uh, interesting .... things! Some of the Colorado delegation was impressed by Indiana Gov. and vice presidential running mate Mike Pence's speech last night, but they seemed more impressed with Ted Cruz's recalcitrant speech. While today is indeed Donald Trump's chance to give himself a solid launch into General Election season, last night Ted Cruz launched his own Senate re-election campaign — at least that's what you would think from his fundraising email sent just after his defiant prime-time address in front of the nation ... even though he's not up for re-election until 2018. Hey it's never to early, right? (Read to the end for a classic quote from a top Republican political operative on Cruz and RMGO).


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanJuly 21, 20165min304

Four of the six legislative leaders are retiring: Democratic House Speaker Dickie Lee Hullinghorst, Senate President Bill Cadman, Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel and House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso. House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, both from Denver, will return. With four members of leadership waving goodbye, perhaps it’s not surprising that they achieved a remarkably high level of agreement once they maneuvered bills to their final vote.


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanJune 22, 20165min282

Legislators make their mark through their sponsored bills. Sponsored bills show what issues legislators commit to, their bipartisan collegiality, their productivity in bills passed versus bills killed, and their dispositions related to bills that function as messages versus bills intended to become law. Legislators are supposed to sponsor no more than five bills, but only six House members kept to that maximum.


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Michael McGradyMichael McGradyMay 21, 20167min613

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on the steps of the El Pomar Center Friday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. At a bill signing ceremony crowded with state legislators and other high ranking officals, he jotted his signature on an act establishing Colorado’s formal push to become a national leader in cybersecurity. House Bill 16-1453 establishes the National Cyber Intelligence Center (NCIC) on the campus of UCCS, a university certified by the U.S. National Security Administration and Department for Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence. NCIC is intended to occupy an old manufacturing facility located in the northwest portion of Colorado Springs. Currently, the facility is owned by the university and is used as a storage warehouse for the campus.