There will be 24 lawmakers this year who secured a statehouse seat through a vacancy appointment, including no fewer than nine legislators who will have been appointed in a 12-month span
The Colorado Sun politics team added context, backstory and more to the governor’s State of the State address, the first public address since his inauguration.
The top donors gave mostly to Republican candidates and causes
The Democrat kicked off his second term by promising to help Coloradans hold onto more of their “hard-earned money,” “tackle crime head on,” and “continue on our bold path toward making Colorado 100% renewable-energy.”
Lauren Boebert led the resistance — and then helped McCarthy. Yadira Caraveo and Brittany Pettersen couldn’t get sworn in surrounded by their families. And Jason Crow was turned away from the White House.
While state lawmakers are still working on the fine print of their policy proposals this year, there are new dynamics at play at the Colorado Capitol that will drive how the session unfolds
Another ranked 26th among 433 House members for absences
At least $42 million in dark-money spending went to support or oppose candidates and ballot measures
The Colorado Democratic Party reported spending more at both state and federal levels than its GOP counterpart
The former trooper, Jay Hemphill, was sentenced to a year of probation after he pointed a gun at a woman near the Capitol in 2021