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Staff picks: The 5 most important Colorado Politics stories of the week

From Michael Bennet’s astonishment in a Denver church to Shailen Bhatt’s apologies about highway projects across the state, Colorado’s newsmakers kept Colorado Politics’ reporters busy this week. Here are the political stories that will keep the conversation going as spring turns to summer.   5. Hickenlooper and Coffman clash on oil and gas The current Democratic governor, […]

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Kagan: Gov. Hickenlooper should call special session

Daniel Kagan

As I write, Gov. John Hickenlooper is contemplating whether to call the Legislature into special session in order to pass a comprehensive transportation bill. He should do it, and give the Legislature a chance to resuscitate the transportation proposal that so narrowly failed during the regular session. Almost everyone agrees that we need to repair […]

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Colorado governor will not call a special legislative session on transportation

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday announced that he will not call the legislature back to work on the outstanding issue of transportation, which could force a ballot initiative. After the legislative session ended last Wednesday, Hickenlooper had a message for lawmakers: Don’t make any vacation plans for the rest of May. But on Friday he […]

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A special session for wind power? So says Independence’s Amy Cooke

Citing unnamed sources, the Independence Institute’s Amy Oliver Cooke asserts in a blog post that Gov. John Hickenlooper has an ulterior motive in talking up a possible special session: He wants to promote wind power on a massive scale. And he wants to throw the keys to behemoth public utility Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest power provider. According […]

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Maybe Hick does his best thinking while he’s picking on a banjo?

Colorado Peak Politics, that reliable antagonist of all things Democratic, notes Gov. John Hickenlooper was strumming a banjo on stage at Denver’s Paramount Theater with the Old Crow Medicine Show last weekend — the same weekend he said he would be pondering whether to call the legislature back for a special session. Peak even links to the […]

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Governor’s potential special session would put more focus on issues and lawmakers voting on them

After legislators adjourned the 120-day legislative session Wednesday night, they convened at Stoney’s Bar & Grill in downtown Denver. Gov. John Hickenlooper made the rounds with a message: Don’t make any vacation plans for the rest of May. He told reporters Thursday he’s going to think about it through the weekend before deciding if he […]

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Showdown over state budget raises possibility of a special session

The House and Senate are on a collision course over the proposed annual state budget that has raised increasing concerns over the chance of a special session. “This puts different possibilities on the end of the session,” said Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City. Senate Republican leadership on Monday placed the blame on House Democrats […]

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YESTERYEAR: Owens signs immigration bills, DeGette rips Bush stem cell veto

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Bill Owens ended a “scorching hot July” by signing 10 controversial immigration bills that emerged from a special session called at the beginning of the month. The centerpiece of the bipartisan package was a bill Owens called “the toughest law dealing with illegal immigration […]

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YESTERYEAR: Special session looms after high court tosses immigration initiative

Former President Bill Clinton addresses a Colorado Democratic Party fundraiser in this June 2006 photo. (Colorado Statesman archives)
Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Bill Owens threatened that he would be forced to call a special session on immigration matters later in the summer if the Colorado Supreme Court didn’t reverse its decision throwing out a proposed ballot measure that would deny government services to undocumented immigrants.

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