Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 18, 20173min64
This week’s House Republican video is good for a couple of smiles. It serves up a lot of food for thought about the state budget and paying for transportation. The House GOP has contended all along that a tax increase isn’t needed to fund billions for widening interstates and other core transportation needs. (Transit, not […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 9, 20177min54
State Rep. Pete Lee of Colorado Springs thinks kids can be fixed by accepting the damage they’ve done by the wrongs they’ve perpetuated — and that includes texting naked pictures, which the kids call sexting. Lee has been a champion of restorative justice — juveniles making amends and learning a lesson — over jail time and rap sheets. Now […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 23, 20176min1022

Relatives of 1940s Republican Colorado Governor Ralph Carr have asked that his name be removed from a legislative proposal that has made headlines for months and generated political heat at the Capitol even before it was introduced earlier this month. State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton and the sponsor of the “Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act,” said he was happy to comply with the wishes of family members and plans to remove the name of the bill when it next comes to the floor for action — likely next week. Salazar said he spoke to Steven Carr Wednesday night.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 23, 201730min931

There were lights, more than a few cameras and plenty of action at the premiere of former state Sen. Linda Newell’s documentary film on Saturday afternoon at a Littleton theater. There was also a massive, forbidding doorway to Skull Island lit by flickering tiki lights, and lots of little girls scampering around the lobby dressed in versions of Belle’s iconic yellow princess dress. It was, after all, the movie biz.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20177min761

Although it starts with a splash of levity, the House Republican caucus’s weekly video update quickly moves onto more serious ground. “This is Jim Wilson from Salida, Colorado,” says state Rep. Yuelin Willett, R-Grand Junction, as his serious gaze dissolves into a grin and an imposing figure enters the frame, shooing away the imposter. “Not even close,” says Wilson. “I’m the real Jim Wilson.”


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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 31, 20177min770

In an emotional and at times contentious stretch of speeches that lasted more than an hour Tuesday, Colorado House Democrats passed a resolution asking President Donald Trump to lift the executive order he issued last week that banned entry to the country of refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries and that sparked protests around the country and legal action that resulted in a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/28/us/politics/trump-darweesh-decision-stay-refugee-ban.html" target="_blank">partial stay</a> of the order issued Saturday evening. Trump has been defiant in the wake of the action, citing national security and pushing back against objections voiced by members of Congress, <a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/30/hundreds-of-u-s-diplomats-protest-trump-immigration-ban-in-internal-memos/" target="_blank">more than 200 concerned State Department personnel</a> and foreign leaders around the world. The Colorado's <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hjr17-1013" target="_blank">Resolution 1013</a>, sponsored only by Democrats in both the House and Senate, is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate, much less influence Trump’s thinking. But supporters touted it as an important statement for the record on behalf of their constituents.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 4, 20173min68

A bill addressing the registration of agents of professional athletes is among a handful of measures recommended for introduction in the 2017 General Assembly by the Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. Other proposed bills are a Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, a Uniform Unsworn Declarations Act to permit the use of unsworn declarations made under penalty of perjury in state courts when the declaration is made inside the U.S., a Uniform Wage Garnishment Act, and a Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.