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Progressives groups release combined scorecards rating Colorado legislators

A group of liberal advocacy organizations for the first time released combined legislative scorecards this week, conglomerating assessments of the 100 Colorado lawmakers’ votes last session on key legislation the organizations said they plan to present to voters next year. A Republican who received among the lowest overall scores, however, dismissed the endeavor as a […]

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The $26.8 billion question: How to sell the 2017 budget

Sen Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, speaks at the Capitol on February 16, Agriculture Day. (Photo by Roxann Elliott/The Colorado Statesman)
Now that the Colorado state budget proposal has appeared and lawmakers are wrangling over the numbers, the political narratives that will be used to sell the budget to voters and to defend against constituent anger in elections to come are taking shape. This year it seems unquestionable that it will be a tougher budget for […]

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Aghast Larry Crowder on proposed $500M cut to state hospitals: ‘The problems keep coming’

Rep. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, in committee at the Capitol. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

“Five-hundred and twenty-eight million dollars?” said Sen. Larry Crowder, a Republican from Alamosa. “Yeah, well, I imagine that’s where we’re heading.” Crowder was digesting the news that state legislative budget writers are planning to unveil their draft version next week and that it will very likely include a $528 million cut to state hospital operating […]

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TABOR reform bill by maverick Republicans meets demise in GOP committee

Senate Republicans on Monday killed a TABOR reform effort by one of their own to allow the state to retain excess revenue when economic times are good. On a party-line vote, the TABOR reform measure died in a Republican-controlled “kill committee,” where legislation deemed unfavorable by the majority party is sent to die. What was […]

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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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TABOR reform measure passes first test with bipartisan support

An effort to reform the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, passed its first test on Monday with Republican support, though the legislation faces an uphill battle. Some TABOR observers call it progress that two Republicans are sponsoring the effort to change how the state calculates its spending cap. The bill received bipartisan support from […]

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Crowder, Thurlow team up to fix TABOR ‘constraint on overdrive’

State Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction, and state Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, have introduced a bill to fine tune TABOR.

Two Colorado Republican lawmakers are delivering on their promise from earlier this year to fine-tune TABOR, a 25-year-old constitutional restriction on how much the state can receive — and spend — without triggering tax refunds. Rep. Dan Thurlow and Sen. Larry Crowder have introduced House Bill 17-1187 that seeks to change the way annual revenue […]

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ICYMI: Teachers and guns, Denver Water investigated, TABOR changes? and more …

What did you miss in Colorado's under-surface political news last week? Catch up with The Statesman's weekly ICYMI media roundup. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
You know all about the big political news of the past week: Hickenlooper says (projecting about two years out) he has no plans to run for president in 2018; support seems to be growing for the confirmation of Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court and the Trump administration may be about to […]

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Crowder: Colorado’s rural hospitals facing plight

Sen. Larry Crowder

The future of health care has been in the news a lot recently. The intended repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare” has generated more questions than answers. However, one thing is for certain. The upcoming plight of Colorado’s rural hospitals is not in question. Last year, the state Legislature voted not to […]

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