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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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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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Arapahoe County Democrats grapple with outrage over years-old ‘too many blacks’ remark

NAACP Aurora branch Vice President Barbara Groves Jones, a former 2nd vice chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, holds a copy of the Denver Weekly News as she addresses a meeting of the NAACP Aurora on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Rising Star Baptist Church in Aurora. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Arapahoe County Democrats say they’re working to resolve racial tensions within the party after a years-old remark about “too many blacks” running for office in the county resurfaced recently on social media and in a newspaper article, reigniting a long-simmering controversy. The conflict stems from a candidate training session conducted by party officials in Aurora […]

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Sanctuary city bill gets initial voice vote OK, but not much other vocal support

The Colorado Senate gave initial approval to a bill that would allow crime victims to sue municipalities with sanctuary city policies, as well the state withholding tax money. Senate Bill 281 still must pass a roll-call vote before moving to the House, where it faces certain death before the House Democratic majority, which killed a […]

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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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Dominick Moreno discusses hard budget choices, winning election as a youngster and accidentally finding the panic button

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, a member of the powerful Joint Budget Committee, talks with a member of the Democratic 7th Congressional District central committee at its reorganization meeting on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Pipefitters Local Union No. 208 hall in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

State Sen. Dominick Moreno, Commerce City Democrat, has been in office longer than many of his fellow lawmakers but is still the youngest member of the state Senate, a distinction he explores in this week’s episode of “Behind the Politics,” a podcast produced by the Senate Democrats. The 32-year-old member of the Joint Budget Committee […]

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Aurora school board member Eric Nelson claims more advanced degrees, posts fresh diplomas

Wearing academic robes, Aurora Public Schools Board member Eric Nelson, center, poses for a snapshot alongside Gateway High School graduates at the University of Denver in this May 25, 2016, photograph posted to his school board campaign page on Facebook. The school board censured Nelson in August 2016 and called on him to resign his seat when it turned out he'd fabricated much of his background, but he refused. (Photo by The Colorado Statesman via Facebook)

Eric Nelson, the Aurora Public Schools board member with a knack for self-invention, is at it again. Nelson, who lost a Democratic primary for an Aurora House seat last summer when it came to light that he’d fabricated nearly everything on his resume, including numerous advanced academic degrees and a career as a decorated Air […]

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Neville rides wave with ‘constitutional carry’ gun bill, fails to win over Dems

In Saint Joseph, Mo. (Bob Travaglione, via Flickr)

The floor vote in the Senate on Tim Neville’s “constitutional carry” bill on Tuesday went as expected. His Senate Bill 116 passed with full Republican support, but Democrats took turns voicing opposition. The immediate future of the bill is all but carved in stone. It will pass in the Republican-controlled Senate and fail in the […]

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