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Debbie Kelley, The GazetteDebbie Kelley, The GazetteFebruary 13, 20186min3520

A homegrown proposal that would allow Colorado's community colleges to give students who earn an associate's degree in nursing the chance to obtain an advanced bachelor's degree left the House floor Monday with "an enormous amount of momentum," said Rep. Paul Lundeen, a Republican from Monument who represents portions of El Paso County, where the proposal initiated.


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanFebruary 15, 20175min407

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.”



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 28, 201616min473

DENVER — Suck in the holiday gut and belly up to your desk … It’s time to get back to work following (for many of us) a long Thanksgiving break. Oh, and happy ‘Cyber Monday’ to you, your favorite electronic device and your wallet. Let the financial gluttony continue! Strangest of all that crossed our desk this morning was the attack — or possibly odd diagnosis — of Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron ... The Comedian trading laughs for scrubs to make some offensive claims concerning the “first kid.” You’ll just have to read for yourself. Let’s get things started!


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Brian HeubergerBrian HeubergerNovember 28, 201624min368

Turkey pardoning aside, Thanksgiving is a time for political puff-pieces. So, in retrospect of this year's food-filled holiday of grace, here's a well-deserved “puff-piece” for our hard-working and fierce campaigning Statehouse candidates … Thanksgiving provided Colorado’s politicos — many of them still recovering from the campaign trail — an opportunity to take a break from daily political tasks and instead overeat exorbitant amounts of delicious home-cooking and spend some valuable time with friends and family. The downtime arrived to the embrace of welcoming arms. Black Friday? Phhbt! It’s got nothing on Election 2016. The Colorado Statesman caught up with a few of your state legislators to see what exactly it was they had been up to during the holiday. Some had a whole lot to be thankful for, celebrating wins in competitive districts after successfully kicking it through the ever-moving goal post of the 2016 election season, while others were just appreciative in the more traditional holiday sense. Here’s what they had to say:


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Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 17, 20167min421

Years of losses have left Democrats at historic lows in state legislatures. But now they're seeking to wrest control of as many as a dozen chambers from Republicans, a key step in gaining more influence in redistricting. The battle for statehouse control is playing out in more than half the states with tens of millions of dollars of planned political spending before the Nov. 8 general election. Democrats are hoping the turmoil surrounding Donald Trump's presidential campaign can boost their fortunes in down-ballot races, although Hillary Clinton remains unpopular in many Republican-leaning regions. "When you go district by district, when you look at where all these races are, we're in a highly competitive environment," said Matt Walter, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee.