Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 20, 201722min623

Doug Robinson compares winning the Republican nomination for governor of Colorado to getting hired after a really long job interview, and he believes his background and experience will give him the edge. One of seven declared GOP candidates for next year’s election — with at least three heavyweights waiting in the wings — Robinson speaks highly of his leading primary opponents but suggests his experience founding and running a financial firm that advised technology companies sets him apart.


John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 22, 20179min414

The bad news is that Colorado Democratic Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham shared no new information Tuesday night at the north Denver ICOSA Event Center about the progress of high-stakes negotiations at the Capitol over state transportation funding. The good news is that the vision of the two leaders sharing a stage and a vocabulary and many of the same goals for the ongoing talks was surely reassuring to the audience of business and economic leaders in attendance, all of whom are hoping desperately that a deal will be struck at the Legislature this year to raise billions in funding to upgrade the state’s crowded and crumbling roads and bridges. The event, hosted by the Fix Colorado Roads coalition and the Colorado Business Roundtable, has generated buzz for weeks. Moderators asked soft questions and told polite jokes. Staffers readied craft beer and snack platters for a post-panel mixer. Attendees hoped a breakthrough — large or small, scripted or unscripted — might emerge under the stage lights in the friendly room. But it was to no avail.


John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 25, 201711min387

State lawmakers have made <a href="" target="_blank">boosting transportation funding</a> a top priority this year. Negotiations have been underway for months and they are ongoing. Democrats and Republicans involved in the talks seem as committed to making a deal happen as they are anxious about keeping all the moving parts turning in the right direction. Major roadways need to be expanded to the tune of billions of dollars. There are this year as in years past many interested parties seeking to influence any eventual deal — local and regional interests, business interests, political interests, ideological interests, all locked in complex high-stakes minuet.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 18, 201612min1010

On a strictly party line vote, the Colorado Legislative Council Committee killed a proposed bill that called for the transfer of billions of dollars in state sales tax revenue to help fund transportation projects across the state. But the opposite of what traditionally occurs when it comes to spending tax dollars took place. Nine Democrats voted against the proposal and nine Republicans voted to move it forward on Friday, Oct. 14, which prevents the measure from proceeding. Usually, Republicans will oppose such spending measures and Democrats will be the ones in favor.