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Small-biz lawsuit: A tax by any other name — still smells like a tax

ColoradoPolitics.com’s Peter Marcus reported in March on a legal development that could have big implications for the ability of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to fund its wide-ranging operations — including the state’s elections. At issue is whether the fees the office charges businesses to register and file other paperwork with the state are in fact […]

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High heat stirred legislators to bipartisan action in 2017 session

Paula Noonan

Tri-partisanship is on life support in Washington, D.C.  The nation’s health-care system now has three irreconcilable options: Obamacare, RyanCare and MitchCare.  It’s barely possible to see a path to WeAgreeOnThisOneCare. In our own square state, bipartisanship perked up at the end of the 2017 session, even though the bill that most carries the bipartisan brand […]

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A sage of the Springs — no conservative by any measure — tips his hat to TABOR

Colorado Springs native and legendary man about town John Hazlehurst has, in no particular order, served on the Springs City Council; run (unsuccessfully) for mayor; toiled as an appraiser of fine art, and long ago, spent years circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat. And that’s not to mention his New York days as an investment […]

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YESTERYEAR: Romer takes on Union of Taxpayers’ chief over TABOR refunds

Thirty Years Ago this Week in The Colorado Statesman … On election night, 1987, incumbent Mayor Federico Peña went on to capture 79,674 votes for 51 percent of the total vote compared to challenger Don Bain’s 49 percent. The highlight (or lowlight) of the evening, was Peña’s sweltering downtown headquarters where 1,000 people crammed into […]

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Jesse Mallory takes reins at Americans For Prosperity-Colorado from Michael Fields

Americans for Prosperity Colorado state director Jesse Mallory, left, and former state director Michael Fields, a senior director of issue education for the Americnas for Prosperity Foundation (Mallory photo courtesy AFP-Colorado, Fields photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado statesman)

After serving as chief of staff for the Colorado Senate Republicans for five sessions, Jesse Mallory takes over as state director of Americans for Prosperity-Colorado, the influential conservative organization announced Monday. AFP-Colorado’s previous state director, Michael Fields, was named senior director of issue education for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a related organization, he announced […]

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YESTERYEAR: Ritter, Caldara face off over School Finance Act

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … A new welfare law was finally agreed upon and the Legislature narrowly averted a special session. “That’s the art of compromise,” Gov. Roy Romer said. He said he would sign the latest version of the state’s welfare reform law that had successfully met the requirements […]

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For what it’s worth, Caldara says he’s going forward on transportation initiative

Jon Caldara (Screen shot via The Independence Institute)

As news rippled around the Capitol on Thursday morning that the future of legislative leadership’s grand bargain transportation bill was growing dimmer by the hour, Jon Caldara snacked at the cafe across the street, scrolling through a list of transportation ballot initiatives filed Wednesday by the contracting community and that closely mirror teetering House Bill […]

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