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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 23, 20173min3160

The scientists at Golden's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have received a nearly $2 million federal grant to build a better system to forecast when the sun will be shining, Colorado's U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner announced Friday. The project is part of a Department of Energy program to improve integration of notoriously variable solar-generated electricity into the power grid.


Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 18, 201716min3670

Jeff Crank is a mainstay of the political right, a linchpin in the conservative infrastructure of his hometown of choice — unflinchingly Republican Colorado Springs. Yet, his origins are 45 miles down the road in undeniably Democratic Pueblo, where he was born and raised. And to hear Crank, it is precisely Pueblo's political tilt that played a big role in propelling him rightward as he developed his own world view. He explains how that happened in today's Q&A — but first, a refresher on this onetime, would-be congressman who arguably holds more political sway over his home turf than a lot of politicians ever do in Congress.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 15, 20173min4550

With the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades moving through Congress, Denver City Council authored a letter this week contending the Republican-led tax reform effort would harm the city’s “financial integrity and economic development.”

In the letter addressed to Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, and Rep. Diana DeGette, the 13-member Denver council argued both House and Senate versions of a $1.5 trillion tax bill would have a “devastating impact” on the city.

That impact would be felt through decreasing funds for affordable housing through elimination of tax credits and increasing the cost of financing for infrastructure projects, council members said. Furthermore, tax bill provisions ending the state and local tax deductions on an individual’s federal income tax return would be “detrimental to the financial well-being of our citizens.”

Characterized by the New York Times as the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades, the bill would sharply cut the corporate tax rate, reduce the top individual tax rate and scale back many popular tax breaks. The House and Senate have agreed in principle to merge two versions of the tax bill. The legislation is currently on track to reach President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas.

In the letter, the Denver council urged members of Colorado’s congressional delegation to add policies beneficial to the city when vetting tax reform — policies like tax-exemption for municipal bonds and private activity bonds. Those are mechanisms cities like Denver often rely on to finance large projects or help spur affordable housing.

The council also pointed to state and local tax deductions that protect against double taxation or tax credits including “New Market Tax Credits and Historic Preservation Tax Credit which build and preserve affordable housing; and generate economic investments in our most vulnerable and underinvested communities.”

Read the council’s full letter here.


Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20172min12620

Michael Bennet’s office paid his Internet bill. The U.S. senator from Denver, however, purposefully blacked out his website Wednesday for a cause.

He’s showing support for the Dreamers in Colorado and across the country. They could be deported unless Congress restores the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era program struck down this year by President Trump.

Bennet said, “122 Dreamers are losing their DACA status every day. We blacked out our website in solidarity with those Dreamers to signal that we are paying attention, we aren’t letting up, and we must protect their futures.”

In September Colorado’s Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Yuma joined with Bennet to co-sponsor a fresh version of the Dream Act.

Bennet is one of several Democratic senators engaged in the cyber-protest, led by Sen. Cortez Masto of Nevada.

Bennet was one of the original sponsors of the Dream Act and a member of the bipartisan Gang of Eight who passed comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate in 2013, only to see it languish and die in the GOP-held House that year. Bennet is working with Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois to find a compromise for Dreamers who met the qualifications to be contributing members of society.


Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 13, 20174min431
Sen. Michael Bennet is arguing that the Republican tax bill could dim the energy behind wind and solar development in states that are plugged in, such as Colorado. The Democrat from Denver signed a letter to leaders of Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to preserve wind a solar tax credits in their […]

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