Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 14, 20172min361’s news team does its best to keep you up to date on the latest announced candidacies for a wide range of offices; for a helpful update and overview of all the candidates currently seeking a seat in the legislature, look no further than a report the   other day by veteran Capitol journalist Todd Engdahl.

Writing for Colorado Capitol Watch, Engdahl, a veteran of Denver Post and more recently Chalkbeat Colorado, provides a cornucopia of facts and figures — how many are running; who they are; how much money they’ve raised — for both legislative chambers.

Stuff like:

  • As of the latest state deadline for filing campaign-finance disclosures, more than $558,000 had been raised by 78 registered House candidates;
  • More than $363,000 had been raised by 26 Senate hopefuls;
  • So far, 10 primary contests appear likely in races for House seats, and eight of them are among Democrats;
  • Four potential primaries are looming Senate district races; all involve Democrats.

Engdahl goes on to detail the candidates in those races and how much some of them have raised. All in all, more than 100 legislative candidates — with well over a year to go before the 2018 general election.

There’s something for every political junkie in Engdahl’s report; he even serves up some very useful spreadsheets, like this one offering line-by-line info on candidates for statewide office. It all makes for a data-packed snapshot; you’ll be glad you read the full report. Here’s the link again.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 22, 20172min419

One way to look at what was arguably the 2017 session’s signature legislation — the catch-all Senate Bill 267, which wound up doing a little of everything — is as a sci-fi movie monster that consumes all things in its path and takes on their characteristics. Of course, that would be an unkind reading.

Veteran Capitol journalist Todd Engdahl offered a more forgiving (and far more informed) overview of the legislation the other day, crediting this year’s session with having “made history as the one that cleared several logjams at once — all with one big bill.” Writing for Colorado Capitol Watch, Engdahl sees it like this:

Whether the passage of Senate Bill 17-267 becomes a template for future compromises or will turn out to be a one-off remains to be seen. But its somewhat unexpected success is a testimony to what can get done when Democrats team up with moderate and some conservative Republicans.

As Engdahl notes, the bill’s title purported to address the “sustainability of rural Colorado” but, as it turned out, will reclassify the hospital-provider fee; lease-purchase state buildings to fund highways; give a $30 million lift to rural schools; the list goes on.

Read on for Engdahl’s full, helpful perspective and then decide for yourself if the bill is a many-headed monster or a multifaceted accomplishment lawmakers can be proud of. Here’s the link again.



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 12, 20171min303

For your convenience, bill-tracker Colorado Capitol Watch offered a quick-take recap earlier this week of the top issues the legislature had to grapple with, and how it resolved them. Or didn’t, as the case may be.

The review by veteran Capitol correspondent and sage Todd Engdahl covers all the basics — hospital provider fee, energy policy, school finance and more — i.e., all the buzzwords and catch phrases that by sine die you probably hoped you’d never hear again. By the same token, a lot of it went by in such a blur, as Wednesday’s deadline loomed, that you may already feel a need for a refresher if only to make sure what you thought happened really did happen.

Maybe you even found yourself wondering at some point if it all had been a dream. Rest assured, it was real; here’s the link.



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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 20, 20178min300
While the annual “4/20” cannabis bacchanal gets underway this morning at Denver’s Civic Center Park — in search of some cause beyond satisfying the basic human need to party — a couple of observations from Colorado’s media gallery seem especially apt. First, Denverite’s Adrian Garcia notes today how a fissure has opened up in the marijuana world — pitting, for the […]

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