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John TomasicJohn TomasicMay 18, 201716min416

State House Minority Whip Lori Saine said she had been working on the memorial resolution offered for Bill Armstrong during a joint session of the Legislature on and off for a year. Same with the eulogy she delivered — and she was clearly charged with deep feeling as she read it out to a chamber packed with past and present elected officials. She was speaking Friday, April 28, from the well of the House. Men and women lined the walls, including members of Armstrong’s family.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 25, 201716min489

Kevin Grantham sat deep in his chair, his left foot, shod in a large cowboy boot, resting on his right knee, the Capitol press corps arrayed in front of him brought by text messages sent out near 10:00 p.m. the night before. It was Thursday morning, just two-and-a-half weeks ahead of the end of the legislative session, and the state Senate president was explaining that three members of his Republican caucus planned in committee the following week to kill the legislative centerpiece transportation bill he had sponsored with Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran, that there was little he could do about it, and that another Republican legislative centerpiece — a bill that would balance the session’s lopsided budget — was on life support.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 12, 201714min310

It was another weekend in the first months of the Trump administration and so another weekend of packed political town halls in heavily Democratic Boulder County, Colorado. But to what degree is Boulder a bellwether for state and national Democratic Party strategy? U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a fairly well-known progressive on the national stage, did a lightning tour of towns in his 2nd Congressional District, several of them in Boulder County. His office estimated that nearly 2,000 people showed up — 900 at an event in Boulder; 550 in Loveland; 300 in Nederland; and about 100 in Lyons. There are only 1,400 residents of Nederland. There are only 2,000 residents of Lyons.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 12, 201729min408

DENVER — Good morning, and happy Thursday — Colorado's second day with state legislators inside the state Capitol working — yikes! A couple of things of note for you this a.m.: First, Gov. John Hickenlooper prepares this morning to take to the House of Representatives dais to deliver his second-from-last State of the State speech to the burgeoning 2017 Legislature. Second, we at The Colorado Statesman remind you that — as the state Capitol's publication of record for the last 119 years — we are excited to continue improving your readership experience and the news we bring to you from under the Gold Dome this year. So here's a quick breakdown:


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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 20, 20157min365
Tim Jackson, president and CEO of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, will be pushing lawmakers next year to simplify the patchwork tax regime in Colorado that he said places an enormous burden on businesses in the state. “Colorado has the most complicated structure,” he said Thursday at an event hosted by the free-enterprise and business-promotion […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 17, 20158min306
At a Republican presidential debate watch party held at Capitol Cigars on Tuesday, the crowd started out thin and skeptical and, even though the bourbon flowed copiously and the crowd grew over the course of the debate, the attitude toward the candidates never much improved. “The media would do better just giving us public service […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 15, 201515min369
A high-profile bipartisan group of former lawmakers and state officials are reworking and resubmitting a ballot initiative that would transform the process through which voting districts are drawn in Colorado. The news comes after the project was unveiled last month with a splash, drawing approval from newspaper editorial boards but sharp criticism on the left […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 15, 20154min318
The House Ethics Committee on Monday dismissed a complaint that U.S. Rep. Jared Polis last year used public resources to act as fleeting pitchman for a video game company and for a Boulder-based men’s clothing designer. “I’m glad the ethics committee promptly and unanimously dismissed this matter and found no violation,” Polis said in a […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 14, 201510min375
The attendees at this year’s Leadership Program of the Rockies holiday party on Thursday at the Wellshire Event Center in Denver smiled and laughed and expounded readily on the philosophical and practical genius that launched the American republic. They also let out comic groans about the present state of national electoral politics generally and the […]

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