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Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman hails equality in Colorado at LGBT pride rally

"I have never seen that Capitol lawn look more colorful, more united than it does today, and I love it," says Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, at a rally to celebrate LGBT equality on Sunday, June 18, 2017, on the steps of the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Colorado has some of the nation’s toughest non-discrimination laws but still has work to do, Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said at a Denver rally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered equality Sunday. Coffman, the lone Republican on a stage filled with Democratic elected officials and candidates, told the crowd she could also be the only […]

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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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Noonan: Late session bill dance frustrates citizens and reduces oversight

Paula Noonan
The last full week of the 2017 General Assembly had 220 bills still unfinished, with three bills introduced within five days of the end of session. Five big bills, two negotiated for wins and three up in the air, were on the docket. SB17-267, the Sustainability of Rural Colorado bill, initially received support for its […]

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Firestone tragedy unlikely to shake up Capitol oil and gas politics

In this April 18, 2017, photo, investigators stand by as debris is removed from a house that was destroyed in a deadly explosion in Firestone, Colo., on April 17. Anadarko Petroleum said Wednesday, April 26, that it operated a well about 200 feet (60 meters) from the house in the town of Firestone. The company didn't say whether the well was believed to be a factor in the explosion or whether it produced oil, gas or both. (Matthew Jonas/The Daily Times Call via AP)
A lot has changed in the wake of the oil and gas industry-linked explosion at the end of April in Firestone that killed two. Anadarko Petroleum shut down 3,000 wells. Matt Lepore, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director, spoke about conducting “an ongoing conversation about new safety measures” of one kind or another.

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Pipelines map must be understandable, say sponsors of Colorado bill fueled by Firestone explosion

North metro Denver Democrats introduced a bill in the Colorado House Friday to create maps of where underground oil-and-gas pipelines are located. Industry representative said that work is already under way, however. Yes and no. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is working in what’s called a “notice to operators” process. But the kinds […]

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Gas patch lawmakers bring late bill to map oil and gas well flowlines in wake of Firestone tragedy

State Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, talking to reporters in the House offices. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

Gas patch lawmakers racing against the legislative clock on Friday introduced a bill that would grant state oil and gas regulators the power to map well flowlines and it would require drilling companies to share flowline maps with the state, cities and counties where drilling occurs and make the maps available to the public.

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Hate crimes in Colorado just added harassment against LGBTQ people and the disabled

This is shaping up to be a pivotal week for LGBTQ Coloradans on discrimination, religious liberty and the state hate crime law. Tuesday, Democratic members of Congress, including all of Colorado’s members, agreed to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination under civil rights protections. Thursday, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order expanding religious liberty […]

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Top Colorado regulator uncertain ‘what happens next’ after fatal Firestone explosion linked to oil and gas operations

COGCC Director Matt Lepore at his second press conference in six days, May 2, 2017. (Screen shot from live feed.)

Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that it was a “confluence of events” tied to an uncapped line leading to a gas well that led to the fatal home explosion in Firestone April 17. He said that state well inspections and regulations would not necessarily prevent […]

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Insights: Sanctuary city crackdown in Colorado faces same questions as Trump’s order

The politics of a sanctuary city is a slippery beast. We’ve seen that in Washington. We’ve seen it in Texas, and we’ve seen it for months at the Capitol in Denver. The down-and-up struggle in the statehouse comes to close Wednesday when the 2-to-1 Democratic majority on a House committee puts Senate Bill 281 out of commission. Notice […]

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