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Watchdog faults Bureau of Land Management for sending jobs to Colorado, the West

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. government watchdog agency said Friday that 81 Bureau of Land Management employees have declined to relocate to Western states or left their positions as the Trump administration pursues a broad reorganization of the bureau’s headquarters staff. The Government Accountability Office issued a report that faulted the administration for failing to […]

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Gov. Jared Polis wants to go even bigger in 2020. Here’s his State of the State address, annotated.

Gov. Jared Polis celebrated his first-year wins during his second State of the State address Thursday, imploring the General Assembly to go even further by expanding preschool education and reducing Colorado’s prison population.  He also urged lawmakers to cut prescription drug costs and create a government-managed public option health care system. The Democratic chief executive’s […]

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In Colorado House, Democrats celebrate achievements and promise more. Here’s the agenda, annotated.

In remarks to open the 2020 legislative session, House Speaker KC Becker outlined the Democratic majority’s lengthy agenda — which touched on everything from criminal justice reform to tackling the burgeoning cost of health care. The Boulder lawmaker made clear Democrats plan to continue their far-reaching effort to reshape the state that began a year […]

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Colorado’s Senate president was unusually progressive in his opening remarks. Here they are, annotated.

New year, new Senate President Leroy Garcia.  The Pueblo Democrat struck an uncharacteristically liberal tone during his opening day remarks Wednesday as Colorado’s 2020 legislative session got underway at the Capitol.  While the address was thin on policy specifics, Garcia delved into issues like socioeconomic class disparities and money in politics. He also spent a […]

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Gov. Jared Polis unveils ambitious, expensive plans in first State of the State. Here’s the speech, annotated.

Gov. Jared Polis outlined an ambitious — and equally expensive — agenda Thursday in his first State of the State address. The tenor of the 55-minute speech, interrupted dozens of times for applause, left the Democratic majority hopeful, but also anxious about how to deliver on all the policy priorities. Republicans, too, wanted more specifics […]

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KC Becker outlines aggressive agenda in her opening remarks. Here’s the new Colorado House speaker’s speech, annotated.

The 72nd General Assembly, with Democrats at the helm of the House and Senate, convened Friday for the 120-day lawmaking term. The new Democratic leaders in each chamber — House Speaker KC Becker and Senate President Leroy Garcia — gave opening-day remarks that outlined their visions for the 2019 session and the party’s legislative agenda. […]

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Leroy Garcia’s opening remarks are notable for what he didn’t mention. Here’s the Colorado Senate president’s speech, annotated.

The 72nd General Assembly, with Democrats at the helm of the House and Senate, convened Friday for the 120-day lawmaking term. The new Democratic leaders in each chamber — House Speaker KC Becker and Senate President Leroy Garcia — gave opening-day remarks that outlined their visions for the 2019 session and the party’s legislative agenda. […]