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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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#Coleg Week 17: Hospital fee, high-risk pools, transportation reprise, forced pooling, Columbus Day, sanctuary cities

Colorado's "gold dome."
The big game this week will strut into the open on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m., when the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 267, the forebodingly titled “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” proposal. The bill would rescue the proposed state budget from its wretchedness by refilling $500 million in hospital cuts and generating […]

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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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#Coleg Week 16: Transportation-hospital fee moments of truth, fueling stations by Xcel, repealing Columbus Day, rolling coal…

Colorado's "gold dome."

Two-and-a-half weeks till closing time, and there’s plenty of business left to conduct in this building. All eyes will be watching transportation-funding House Bill 1242. It’s being heard Tuesday in the Senate Finance committee. It’s one of the big-deal top-priority bills of the session, and it seems doomed. Will there be amendments? Will someone have […]

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Legislation you’ve never heard of gives your wallet the biggest jolt — in a good way

House Bill 1227 isn’t the sexiest piece of legislation — not with a title like “Electric Demand-Side Management Program Extension” — but it’s likely the bill will put some energy in your bank account, in a good way. Since 2007, the state Public Utilities Commission has pressed investor-owned utilities to find ways to make homes and businesses […]

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Neville brings down hammer in floor speech defending state’s weed cash fund

In a night filled with passionate state Senate speeches delivered Wednesday over this year’s $26.8 billion Colorado budget, the most powerful perhaps were the ones given around an amendment that sought to take up to $4 million collected from marijuana sales — slated to pay for drug-related research and services, including addiction treatment — and […]

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