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Rep. Justin EverettRep. Justin EverettMarch 7, 20173min171

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.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20177min81

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.”


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanFebruary 15, 20175min110

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.”


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanDecember 5, 20164min120

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.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 15, 201616min50

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 ...


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackOctober 14, 20168min10

A lawsuit over gun laws pending in Washington, D.C. is being closely watched by the Denver-based Independence Institute to determine how it could affect the rights of private citizens to carry concealed guns. The Independence Institute is a libertarian public policy group whose advocacy work for personal and economic freedom includes support for laws granting some private citizens rights to carry concealed guns. The organization is planning legal action to bring gun rights back to the forefront in Colorado politics.


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Rick JensenRick JensenAugust 15, 20166min120

The Great American Trump Freakout is just getting started, in which anything Trump says that can be misinterpreted as evil will be. Liberals are readily convinced Trump saying 2nd Amendment supporters could do something about Hillary appointing Supreme Court judges who oppose the Second Amendment was talking about assassination. Of course, he said no such thing.


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John MicekJohn MicekAugust 10, 20166min100

Donald Trump knew what he was doing Tuesday afternoon. Make no mistake. "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment," a smiling Trump said of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. "By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know. But I'll tell you what, that will be a horrible day."