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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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Mike Merrifield talks about getting gaveled down and mountain biking ‘until his legs fall off’ in Senate Dems’ podcast

State Sen. Mike Merifield, D-Colorado Springs, bikes through the woods in this 2013 photograph posted to his Facebook page. (Photo courtesy Mike Merrifield via Facebook)

State Sen. Mike Merrifield discusses his love for the outdoors and the reason he doesn’t miss “The Big Bang Theory,” a sitcom about nerds, in a new episode of “Behind the Politics,” the weekly podcast produced by Colorado’s Senate Democrats. He also recalls with pride that he had the distinction during his first term in […]

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Insights: Arts accreditation is a stage to lift rural Colorado students

Update: The Senate brought this bill up for debate Monday morning and killed it on a voice vote. Republican Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, explained that the arts programs were important, but, “The challenge with this way this bill is written is it’s us as the state putting our fingers […]

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Lawmakers propose asking voters to lower minimum age for Colorado legislators from 25 to 21

State Sens. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, and Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins (Photos by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

A bipartisan group of legislators wants to ask voters whether to lower the minimum age to serve in Colorado’s General Assembly from 25 to 21. A decade after voters shot down an identical proposal at the polls, lawmakers are back with legislation to refer a constitutional amendment to the 2018 ballot, and they say the […]

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In bipartisan vote, state Senate votes down religious freedom-style bill

A rally at the Capitol in opposition to the 'Right to Disagree' Senate Bill 283, April 12, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The Republican-controlled Senate Tuesday voted down a “right to disagree” bill that opponents view as either an untested or euphemistic version of the religious freedom bills introduced in recent years by conservatives around the country that many believe risk diluting the nation’s anti-discrimination laws. All of the Democrats in the chamber were joined by three […]

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Arts education would be a baton that measures Colorado schools under Merrifield’s bill

Sen. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, wants to measure Colorado schools by how well they educate students about dance, theater, music and visual arts. Senate Bill 107 received unanimous approval and no opposition in the testimony in February before the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, known as the “kill committee” by the Democratic minority, since […]

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YESTERYEAR: Hart announces second run for president, legislator’s CORA request ignites kerfuffle

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Colorado U.S. Sen. Gary Hart officially announced his second run for U.S. president on his home turf at Red Rocks Amphitheater, saying, among other remarks, “I guarantee you that I’ll make some mistakes.” At a press conference the next Tuesday, in Denver City Council chambers, […]

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Insights: As political theater, the Colorado budget is a passion play

The debate over a $26.8 billion state budget going on now under the gold dome in Denver is, without doubt, political theater. More specifically, it’s a passion play. And as a gathering of partisan disciples goes, probably 11 out of 12 are true believers. You can hardly get elected these days if you’re not. The minority […]

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