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Democrats avoid Jared Polis in quest to ensure Coloradans get the full picture on income tax changes

Democrats in the Colorado legislature want to ensure voters are informed about how changes to the state’s income tax rate would affect the amount of money they must pay the government. But proponents of the effort must go around Gov. Jared Polis to do it. Senate Bill 222, which was introduced last week, would refer […]

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As more and more Colorado lawmakers have babies, legislature moves to adopt its first parental leave policy

When state Sen. Brittany Pettersen gave birth to her son, Davis, during the 2020 lawmaking term, the only way the Lakewood Democrat could take time off and avoid being docked pay was to have her pregnancy deemed a “long-term illness.” That’s because the statutes governing the legislature dictate that a lawmaker who misses more than […]

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Arvada lawyer Brad Dempsey enters 7th Congressional District contest

Faegre Drinker law partner Brad Dempsey is jumping into the 7th Congressional District contest, joining three other Republicans vying for the nomination in the open seat. Dempsey, of Arvada, isn’t a known political quantity. But he’s working with Convergence Media, a GOP consulting firm that did work for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Congressional […]

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Republican businessman Timothy Reichert files to run in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District 

Timothy Reichert, a Republican who is president and CEO of Denver-based Economics Partners, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to run in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District.  Reichert, who lives in Golden, is expected to self-fund much of his campaign. He is spending $500,000 of his own money to kick off his congressional bid. […]

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Brittany Pettersen is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Ed Perlmutter

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat, is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.  Pettersen announced her campaign to represent the 7th Congressional District on Tuesday, a day after Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, said he wouldn’t seek a ninth term in Congress. “I am ready to continue Ed […]

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Some failed Colorado congressional candidates still have lots of money in their campaign accounts. Here’s why.

When U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, lost his 2020 reelection bid, his campaign still had $1.2 million in the bank. Nearly a year later, most of the money was still there.  Gardner’s left over campaign cash isn’t unusual, however.  Two Democrats who dropped out of the same U.S. Senate contest last year still have […]

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Colorado’s new state House and Senate maps drew several Democrats into Republican districts and vice versa

One Democratic state senator was drawn into a district that now leans heavily in Republicans’ favor. A GOP House member, meanwhile, will run in a district that’s now solidly Democratic.  And a handful of incumbents will have to decide whether to challenge their colleagues in an awkward primary or general election contest or quickly move […]