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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 3, 20174min523

Three big hitters from the Boulder community appeared before the Colorado Senate education committee Thursday in Denver. You don't say to no to these guys. The University of Colorado Boulder brought out its big guns. Chancellor <a href="http://www.colorado.edu/chancellor/" target="_blank">Phil DiStafano</a> sat at the witness table next to Athletic Director <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/16/cu-regents-approve-3-year-extension-for-athletic-director-rick-george/" target="_blank">Rick George</a>. They took turns testifying in support of <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb17-041" target="_blank">Senate Bill 41</a>, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 24, 201624min540

Glancing up the steep hillside toward the old mine, Stephen Fenberg smiles as he recounts how a granite monument wound up there, representing the collision of hardscrabble reality and whimsy that marks this town. He’s telling the story of Clifford Griffin, an easterner who journeyed to Silver Plume during the gold rush to start his life anew after his beloved fiancée died on the night before their wedding.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 18, 201612min1013

On a strictly party line vote, the Colorado Legislative Council Committee killed a proposed bill that called for the transfer of billions of dollars in state sales tax revenue to help fund transportation projects across the state. But the opposite of what traditionally occurs when it comes to spending tax dollars took place. Nine Democrats voted against the proposal and nine Republicans voted to move it forward on Friday, Oct. 14, which prevents the measure from proceeding. Usually, Republicans will oppose such spending measures and Democrats will be the ones in favor.



Jared WrightJared WrightJuly 25, 201648min361

DENVER — Happy Monday, and here's to a great start to your Democratic National Convention week if you are one of those lucky 78 delegates or an alternate ... or a consultant or just a visitor getting to celebrate in The City of Brotherly Love! Say hello to "Frank Reynolds" and the gang while you're there. While one might think 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," weather forecasters show you will have overcast skies and some scattered showers today. It may not be sunny all week, but it will be hotter than heck, so I hope you packed your personal misting devices. If you are back home and disinterested in the DNC as it plays out on your telescreens, then Happy International Wine and Cheese Day, or ... Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day. I hope one of the two — the warning label advises not to mix both — help take the edge off your Monday. And don't forget, if you run for office ... people very well may pay you to quit.


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Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 8, 20165min440

Gov. John Hickenlooper says he supports House Bill 1284, a proposal with bi-partisan sponsorship in both legislative chambers. The bill would require the state's public employee pension fund, PERA, to oppose the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement which seeks to punish Israel for its treatment of Palestinians. The BDS movement has begun drawing questions even from Palestinians as to its wisdom.


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Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottFebruary 25, 20167min395

Colorado lawmakers rolled out a package of 10 bills focused on state workforce development Wednesday at the Capitol, touting cooperation among industry representatives, Republicans and Democrats to better prepare young Coloradans to thrive in what they called a changing economy that offers new kinds of careers. The bills extend a similar drive launched last year dubbed “Colorado Ready to Work.” This year’s bills focus on integrating the business community with schools to provide apprenticeship and intern-style training for teens in every scholastic track so that they can “step into good-paying skilled positions that are available now, but often go unfilled,” said House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. Duran said the bills are a product of long conversation.



Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 19, 201634min514

Now your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline: Colorado Senate Democrats and House Republicans, how about this for an idea? ... from your Oregon brothers and sisters — "It's the procedural stuff that keeps us from beating each other up, literally." — Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli. This in a report from the Oregon's Statesman Journal on some of the procedural shenanigans that have been playing out in the Oregon State Legislature the past couple of weeks. Republican lawmakers in the minority have been trying to run out the clock on the short, 35-day annual session by requiring all bills to be read aloud, a constitutional requirement in the state that is usually waived by two thirds of the lawmakers. Republicans are blaming the Democrats for trying to ram through a high octane agenda in the short, just over month-long session, including bills on the minimum wage, affordable housing, climate change and firearms. Issues sound familiar? The Democrat majority is now threatening to use their secret weapon, "The Chipmunk Voice," a high-speed computer to read all bills at length.