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Colorado Senate president ponders road ahead on transportation, Holbert says think local

Transportation
House Minority Leader Chris Holbert had legislative researchers look this up: When was the last time the General Assembly voted on any specific road project? The answer: 1899, a wagon road from Leadville to Pueblo using convicts. The public perception these days, however, is that Capitol Dome is the end of the road when it […]

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Senate Republicans to lead Colorado Springs rally for charter schools Thursday

Charter School funding

Republicans in the Colorado legislature are expected to turn out strong Thursday for a lunchtime rally for charter schools in Colorado Springs. A Celebration of Charter School Families begins at 12:30 p.m. at Colorado Springs Early Colleges at 4405 N. Chestnut St. The rally is sponsored by the conservative school choice organization Ready CO and the […]

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Getting to yes, just saying no: Lawmakers Everett, Hansen and Kennedy talk session votes

State Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, left, presses the 'yes' button at his desk in House chambers on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. Kennedy and fellow first-year state Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, were the only lawmakers to have voted 'yes' on third reading for every bill in the just-completed 2017 regular session of the General Assembly. State Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, right, presses the 'no' button at his desk in House chambers on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Everett was the only lawmaker to have voted 'no' on third reading more times than he voted 'yes' (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 […]

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Jesse Mallory takes reins at Americans For Prosperity-Colorado from Michael Fields

Americans for Prosperity Colorado state director Jesse Mallory, left, and former state director Michael Fields, a senior director of issue education for the Americnas for Prosperity Foundation (Mallory photo courtesy AFP-Colorado, Fields photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado statesman)

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced […]

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Staff picks: The 5 most important Colorado Politics stories of the week

From Michael Bennet’s astonishment in a Denver church to Shailen Bhatt’s apologies about highway projects across the state, Colorado’s newsmakers kept Colorado Politics’ reporters busy this week. Here are the political stories that will keep the conversation going as spring turns to summer.   5. Hickenlooper and Coffman clash on oil and gas The current Democratic governor, […]

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On the 2017 legislative session, transportation lobbyist sees hope in the wreckage

Sandra Hagen Solin, founder of Capitol Solutions, in a Capitol lobby, 10 May 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Sandra Hagen Solin, spokesperson for the Fix Colorado Roads economic-development coalition, worked the legislative trenches all year to bring Capitol leaders to a place where they could make a deal to pass a major transportation funding proposal. After months of back and forth, leadership this session brought out House Bill 1242, which failed spectacularly. Critics […]

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