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Colorado Senate president ponders road ahead on transportation, Holbert says think local

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Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert had legislative researchers look this up: When was the last time the General Assembly voted on any specific road project? The answer: 1899, a wagon road from Leadville to Pueblo using convicts. The public perception these days, however, is that Capitol Dome is the end of the road when it […]

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The 10 biggest takeaways from the Colorado legislature: Traffic jams, pot, shoddy construction & more

The Colorado legislature adjourned on Wednesday, and the afterglow shines a light on what exactly happened in the 120 days that lawmakers quarreled under the gold dome in Denver. Counting down the hits, here are the 10 things you should know about what just happened:   10 — Sanctuary cities, right to rest, no more Columbus Day […]

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Staff picks: The top 5 stories of the past week in Colorado Politics

The Colorado General Assembly adjourned this week, but legislators took their favorite bills to the wire. Meanwhile, a well-known Colorado politician heard his name called from the White House to step into what’s sure to be political chaos of the highest caliber in a wild week in Colorado politics. These are the stories the staff […]

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House Democrats ask what happened to a vanishing regulatory relief bill in the Senate

Remember a few weeks ago when Senate Republicans were looking for a couple of their bills? Well, House Democrats are missing something, too: Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp’s regulatory relief bill. The caucus put out a video over the weekend asking where the bipartisan House Bill 1270 has gotten off to in the Senate. “After years of failed partisan […]

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Driving data adds nuance to Colorado’s safety concerns about transportation funding

One of the casualties of this year’s failing discussions about paying for transportation is the level of safety for those driving in Colorado. Colorado Department of Transportation executive director Shailen Bhatt never fails to mention it in speeches urging legislators to find solutions. Colorado traffic fatalities have surged 24 percent in two years to 605 […]

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Colorado Senate GOP turns sleuth in search of MIA budget bills

Look out, House Democrats! That’s Sen. Don Coram snooping around your front door for clues about the budget in the latest video from Colorado Senate Republicans. Senate Republicans just raised the stakes in the multi-media messaging game under the gold dome. How can Democrats respond? Perhaps with a video of Rep. Mike Foote of Lafayette in […]

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Supporters of 12-month supply of contraceptives bill worried it will die in Colorado Senate

A bipartisan bill to allow women to obtain a year’s worth of prescription contraceptives passed the House with widespread support, but faces an uncertain future in the Republican Senate. House Bill 1186 was assigned to the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, a committee used by the majority party to kill unfavorable legislation. In […]

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Senate Republicans: Budget debate is about priorities, not ‘cuts’

Majority Republicans in the Colorado Senate say it is unfair to frame upcoming budget talks as being about “cuts,” pointing out that spending continues to grow. A quarterly revenue forecast presented by Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office on Friday indicated that lawmakers must trim about $700 million in order to pass a balanced budget based on […]

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This week at the Capitol: time change, spankings, bar hours, public records

Here are the legislative committee hearings of note for the week ahead in the Colorado Capitol. Committee schedules are subject to change. The daily schedule is available on the legislature’s website. Monday House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, 1:30 p.m., Room 271 House Bill1226 to make daylight saving time year-round standard, if voters approve in in 2018 and when […]

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Legislative leaders walk a fine line in proposing a tax increase for roads

Legislative leaders on Thursday called a transportation funding plan that includes a sales tax increase “courageous” given potential blowback from voters and anti-tax groups. Senate Republican leadership stands directly in the crosshairs of conservative groups like Americans For Prosperity by backing the proposal. House Bill 1242 calls for a 0.62 percent sales tax increase on top […]

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