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On the 2017 legislative session, transportation lobbyist sees hope in the wreckage

Sandra Hagen Solin, founder of Capitol Solutions, in a Capitol lobby, 10 May 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Sandra Hagen Solin, spokesperson for the Fix Colorado Roads economic-development coalition, worked the legislative trenches all year to bring Capitol leaders to a place where they could make a deal to pass a major transportation funding proposal. After months of back and forth, leadership this session brought out House Bill 1242, which failed spectacularly. Critics […]

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Conservative group nudges — who else? — fellow Republicans to oppose transportation tax

What’s the old adage — lean hard on your enemies and on your friends, lean harder? OK, that’s not at all how it goes, but it sure fits politics well sometimes. The latest example: a campaign announced today by the conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity in opposition to the recently announced — and already much criticized […]

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Fix Colorado Roads pens letter to lawmakers about road reality

Colorado’s 100 legislators know how Fix Colorado Roads feels about House Bill 1242, the proposal to pump hundreds of millions of dollars a year into transportation by raising the state sales tax. The feeling is not excited, even a little disappointed. Fix Colorado Roads is the statewide coalition of local chambers, elected officials and civic organizations […]

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State transportation event delivers no news, except that leaders optimistic, dedicated, talking

State Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, left, and, far right, state Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, talk transportation funding, Feb. 21, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The bad news is that Colorado Democratic Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham shared no new information Tuesday night at the north Denver ICOSA Event Center about the progress of high-stakes negotiations at the Capitol over state transportation funding. The good news is that the vision of the two […]

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Q&A: AFP’s Michael Fields on funding transportation and enraging Capitol dealmakers

State lawmakers have made boosting transportation funding a top priority this year. Negotiations have been underway for months and they are ongoing. Democrats and Republicans involved in the talks seem as committed to making a deal happen as they are anxious about keeping all the moving parts turning in the right direction. Major roadways need […]

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VIDEO: Colorado not ready to hit the road on new president’s promises

They celebrated the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, but in Colorado — where many are waiting to see if campaign promises on roads, bridges and other transportation needs come true — they aren’t yet popping the champagne. Trump has declared that America’s infrastructure will be “second to none.” Colorado’s infrastructure isn’t even […]

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PHOTOS: Colorado Republicans toast Trump inauguration at glittering gala

Arlene Johnson smiles next to a cardboard rendition of President Donald Trump at the Colorado Inaugural Ball presented by the Lincoln Club of Colorado, marking Trump's inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20, 2016, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver. The "glittering gala," as host John Andrews described it, featured a big band playing swing tunes into the night. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)
Former Senate President John Andrews welcomed “fellow Americans, fellow patriots, fellow deplorables” to a glittering celebration of President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday night at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver, promising a “rip-roaring celebration of making America great again.”

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