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Davida Sirota gets a look at Senate Republicans’ e-mails on energy

David Sirota

Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy CommitteeLiberal journalist extraordinaire David Sirota did what he told Colorado Politics he would do back in May. He got his eyeballs on Colorado Senate Republicans’ e-mails from a period when a bill to move oil and gas wells farther from schools was pending in the legislature. You can bet Dave would […]

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Behavioral health law puts a detour around jail cells in Colorado mental health response

Jail cells are no longer a substitute for the help needed by people in behavioral and mental health crises in Colorado. Thursday Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on 72-hour mental health holds, a significant issue for Colorado’s far-flung rural areas, where proper help can be hours away. When there’s not a hospital nearby to take a person […]

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Slow-motion replay: Cooke unleashes legislative jiu jitsu on energy efficiency program

State Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, at the Capitol, March 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Sate Sen. John Cooke, a Republican from Greeley, played point-man Thursday in an effort to kill a popular Colorado energy efficiency program, which he argued was an absurd waste of money and a form social engineering. But House Bill 1227, which would reauthorize the ten-year-old program, isn’t dead yet, and its bipartisan supporters didn’t submit […]

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Noonan: Bipartisanship may set a new high bar with rural sustainability bill

Paula Noonan

Gov. John Hickenlooper takes first place, with his signature, as currently the most bipartisan politician in Colorado. He has signed 137 bills in the 2017 General Assembly. Of those, 111 are bipartisan, 15 are Dem-only sponsored and 11 are GOP-only sponsored. He has clearly set a basis that he prefers both chambers to work collaboratively.

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In Colorado, if your boss rips you off, it’s no longer a secret

Bad bosses, listen up: If you rip off employees — pinch their tips, pay less than minimum wage, deny overtime or jilt them on expenses — that’s no longer a “trade secret” but now a matter of public record in Colorado. This week Gov. John Hickenlooper put another notch in the legislative pistol of Rep. Jessie Danielson, […]

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Lawmakers work together to free stalking victims from rental agreements

State Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, at the Capitol, March 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Victims of stalking in Colorado will very likely soon be able to legally break their rental agreements — a proactive change in state law supported by sexual assault and victims’ rights groups and proposed in a bipartisan bill that is speeding its way through the Legislature. The state Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday voted unanimously […]

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