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After hours of pained testimony, homeless ‘right to rest’ bill fails on bipartisan vote

(AP/David Kohl)

State House Democrats joined Republicans late Wednesday night to vote down a bill that has made waves in various versions the last three years for championing the civil rights of the state’s homeless population. After nearly six hours of emotional testimony, the “Right to Rest Act,” House Bill 1314, sponsored by state Democratic Reps. Joe […]

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Trump era liberal strife still evident in Dem Boulder town halls; but what does it mean for Colorado?

Another packed Trump-era Colorado politics town hall, this one held at the Sanitas Brewing Company by members of the Boulder County state legislative caucus on March 15, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
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 […]

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Bill to allow medical marijuana to treat PTSD gains broad, bipartisan support

Vials filled with samples of marijuana are pictured Friday March 24, 2017 at the Blum medical marijuana dispensary, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

A bill that enables doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to PTSD patients has gained momentum in the Legislature this year, passing the Senate with broad support on a 34-1 vote and now pressing forward with similar agreement in the House. Sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, and state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Boulder, SB 17 […]

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#Coleg week 10: Concerning the Sand Creek Massacre, a sanctuary state, pot for PTSD, corporal punishment, campus free speech

Colorado's "gold dome."

This week we take up where the thud-like introduction of the transportation-funding House Bill 1242 left off. Conservatives remain unimpressed. Sponsors, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, and Senate President Kevin Gratham, Canon City Republican, will work to make their trial balloon seem less like the Hindenburg, to borrow a phrase from Littleton Republican […]

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#Coleg Week 9: Concerning gay conversion, early voting, rolling coal, pot for PTSD, and more

Colorado's "gold dome."

Happy halfway mark. On Wednesday, lawmakers will arrive at this year’s legislative session midpoint. Many of the House and Senate minority party bills doomed to die in committee have lived their brief and sometimes newsmaking lives. Now many of the bills doomed to die at the hands of the opposite chamber majority party will meet […]

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Colorado House pauses to console family of Susan Schneider-Judson

The Colorado House of Representatives is in session on Jan. 13, 2016, for the General Assembly's Opening Day at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Susan Schneider-Judson and Jon Judson, Sr., chief sergeant-at-arms for the Colorado House of Representatives, first crossed paths when both sang with the choir for a Longmont High School production of “Down in the Valley.” They crossed paths again in 1976, when Jon, by then a Colorado State Patrol officer, stopped Susan for speeding. While he […]

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? Billboard touts Denver pot consumption initiative

A billboard promoting passage of Denver's I-300 to allow marijuana consumption in permitted private locations was unveiled by supporters Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (Photo courtesty Neighborhood-Supported Social Consumption Committee)
Backers of Initiated Ordinance 300 (I-300), a City and County of Denver measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot that would allow marijuana consumption in some private establishments, unveiled a billboard Monday to promote voter approval of the measure. The billboard, located at 489 Lincoln St., reads “Now that adult use is legal… Permit […]

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