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USS Colorado Navy submarine gets $100k from Coloradans with governor’s signature

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  Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday afternoon that spends $100,000 from the state budget to support a new Navy submarine called the USS Colorado. Lawmakers threw heavy support behind Senate Bill 183 to chip in on the cost of last December’s christening ceremony, to promote the fact Colorado has a submarine named after it […]

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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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Pete Lee is on a mission to make Colorado criminal justice more efficient, not more lenient

Don’t tell state Rep. Pete Lee he might be soft on crime, just because he’s driven a truckload of legislation to keep people out from behind bars the past seven years. The Colorado Springs Democrat gives a gentle snort to the suggestion of soft. “Restorative justice programs are not soft on crime,” he said of the […]

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Youth Corrections could change its names and practices under Colorado state Rep. Pete Lee’s bill

A bill introduced in the Colorado House this week would not only change the name of the state Division of Youth Corrections but also how it restrains young offenders. Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, introduced House Bill 1329 to rename the juvenile justice agency the Division of Youth Services. The bill states its purpose is […]

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Insights: Colorado sexting bill offers a test for atonement, education

State Rep. Pete Lee of Colorado Springs thinks kids can be fixed by accepting the damage they’ve done by the wrongs they’ve perpetuated — and that includes texting naked pictures, which the kids call sexting. Lee has been a champion of restorative justice — juveniles making amends and learning a lesson — over jail time and rap sheets. Now […]

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Most kids under 13 couldn’t get locked up under House Bill 1207

Children not yet teenagers don’t belong behind bars, unless they’re a violent felon or mess with guns. That’s what House Bill 1207 does. The legislation is up for its first hearing before the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. The bill would take locked-away detention off the table for non-violent offenders who are 10, 11 or 12. Children younger […]

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Nicolais: In 2017, Legislature’s judiciary committees are in good hands

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For the Colorado Legislature, the new year means new bills and new issues to tackle under the gold dome. In one of the legislative chambers, the state Senate, this new season in state politics will also mean plenty of new faces as well. Even before the session convenes on Jan. 11, the judiciary committees will […]

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The Hot Sheet, August 18, 2016

DENVER — This morning we rise to greet new possibilities, To stab campaign signs into our lawns, Or other people’s lawns, Or to tear them from other people’s lawns, Secretly under cloak of night, That’s you, not me, I have better things to do, Watch Trump, Watch Clinton, Will it be Clinton?, Or Trump?, Perhaps […]

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The Hot Sheet, March 28, 2016

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet VOL. 01 NO. 52 | MARCH 28, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016 SAVE THE DATE: The Colorado Statesman cordially invites you to an “End-of-Session Bash,” Thursday, May 12, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at The University Club, 1673 Sherman St., Denver. More information coming soon. By TCS Publisher and Editor […]

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