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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 20186min17874

Democratic challenger Jason Crow on Thursday called on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to return campaign donations the Aurora Republican has received from the National Rifle Association and urged the incumbent to "act now to pass commonsense gun safety reform" the day after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 dead and 14 wounded — but the Coffman campaign dismissed Crow's demands as political posturing.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 9, 20175min14170

State Rep. Steve Lebsock, the Thornton Democrat facing complaints he sexually harassed a fellow lawmaker and a former lobbyist, on Friday chastised social media denizens who've been heaping criticism on state Rep. Lori Saine, the Firestone Republican arrested and jailed this week at Denver International Airport for bringing a loaded handgun to a security checkpoint.


Rep. Justin EverettRep. Justin EverettMarch 7, 20173min1811

Every year we see an article about legislators running the same bills year after year, just to see them killed in committee. There is usually a section in the article regarding “the cost” of running these bills, obviously trying to get the reader to question why we do this in the Legislature. Let me be very blunt: we run these bills because it is the right thing to do, because citizens elected us to fight these fights and because in the end we all believe we will persevere.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20177min1811

Although it starts with a splash of levity, the House Republican caucus’s weekly video update quickly moves onto more serious ground. “This is Jim Wilson from Salida, Colorado,” says state Rep. Yuelin Willett, R-Grand Junction, as his serious gaze dissolves into a grin and an imposing figure enters the frame, shooing away the imposter. “Not even close,” says Wilson. “I’m the real Jim Wilson.”


Paula NoonanPaula NoonanFebruary 15, 20175min1460

Patrick Neville, House minority leader from Castle Rock, said at the state GOP’s Capitol Club gathering that, “We’re going to make sure we push some good red meat bills.” For those confused by the term, those are: School choice, religious freedom, Second Amendment rights and abortion. News stories outlining Neville's assurances were published in this very publication. Later, in the same journal but different issue, Neville complained about Democratic–sponsored joint resolutions in the Legislature that have asked the Trump administration to rescind its immigration executive order and to support a full range of reproductive health care for women. “How is this a productive use of our time,” queried Neville. He particularly pointed to the abortion resolution as counterproductive, saying it “antagonized members of his caucus.”


Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min1700

In the grand total of many things political, Democrats did well in Colorado in 2016, going against the fly-over state trend. Even so, at the state level, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Statewide, unaffiliated voters broke toward Democrats at about 4.5 percent. With party registrations in November at almost even between Democrats and Republicans, both parties needed unaffiliated voters to give them more votes, and Democrats won that battle decisively.

Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 15, 201616min1510

DENVER - Thanks for waiting patiently for today's Hot Sheet. There were some technical difficulties with our interwebs. All the cob webs have since been dispersed ... A week ago today, voters went to the polls (yep, that's what happened alright. Take our word for it). Following were tears, cheers and apparently protests. Despite the signs and marches, President Obama was correct, the sun did indeed rise the following day. We here at The Colorado Statesman are looking forward to following the state Legislature and new leadership from each of the House and Senate ...