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Bob GardnerBob GardnerMarch 2, 20186min1049

In recent weeks, much misinformation and political hyperbole has been spread about a “Republican plot” to defund the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) and the Civil Rights Commission. As the Senate sponsor of the bill to reauthorize the CCRD and the Commission, I want to set the record straight — for those Coloradans interested in facts, not political grandstanding with more of an eye on November’s election than the business of governing as we are elected to do.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 3, 201710min366

State Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Denver Democrat, sat at the hearing table alone last Wednesday and told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “very nervous” to present her bills. Rightly so. The direct beneficiaries of her proposals don’t have many defenders at the Capitol — or anywhere else for that matter. Aguilar is a medical doctor who specializes as a lawmaker on health care policy. This year, she said, her preferred topic was a sea of question marks for being the subject of the wavering rhetoric of President Trump and the target of Republicans on Capitol Hill looking to bring radical change to the national health program put into place by President Obama and congressional Democrats.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 23, 201716min427

Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman’s death penalty repeal bill was voted down by Republicans in committee last Wednesday, just as she expected. Speaking before the hearing, Guzman said she hoped mainly that the bill would foster heartfelt conversation on the issue. “It was not to be,” she said. She thinks she might have pulled off the repeal if Democrats in November had won a majority in the state Senate, but Republicans maintained the majority by one vote. She shrugged. “Maybe it’s the conversation that’s important, going through all these steps together. I think that’s a good legacy.” Guzman, a Denver Democrat, arrived at the Senate as an appointee in 2010, filling the District 34 seat vacated by Paula Sandoval. Guzman is term limited and has only one more session to serve at the Capitol. She is also a minister with a degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver — and that’s the part of her background that seems closest to surface when she talks about capital punishment.



Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 12, 20177min370

Colorado lawmakers hope they can finally make some headway over the construction defects issue and help spur more condominium growth. But another bill is attempting to address the affordable housing issue from a different angle: mobile home parks and how their residents might be able to stay in them when an owner wants to sell the land they sit on. And two Colorado Democratic lawmakers who hoped they wouldn't have to open their state Capitol offices to the homeless to make a point about their bill, dubbed the Right to Rest bill, was to be considered for the third year in a row.


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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisJanuary 4, 20176min424

For the Colorado Legislature, the new year means new bills and new issues to tackle under the gold dome. In one of the legislative chambers, the state Senate, this new season in state politics will also mean plenty of new faces as well. Even before the session convenes on Jan. 11, the judiciary committees will begin their work. Joint judiciary meetings will be held on Jan. 3 and 4. Members will discuss upcoming bills and issues to be addressed. It is effectively a head start on a session that always seems both too long and too short. Too long for those involved in the daily rough and tumble; too short to address many of the state’s pressing issues.