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Capitol Sunlight
Capitol Sunlight

A guide to how Amendment 23, “the budget stabilization factor” and “the negative factor” shape education spending in Colorado

The Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project helps Coloradans understand how the state’s political systems and spending work

Politics and Government

Do you have a good idea for a new state law? Here’s how to get it drafted by Colorado lawmakers

All 100 state lawmakers are allowed to introduce five bills each year, and the deadline for the first three ideas is Dec. 2.

Politics and Government

Gov. Jared Polis made headway on 22% of his campaign pledges so far, Promise Tracker analysis shows

The Colorado Democrat’s early achievements are featured in emails to supporters from his 2022 reelection campaign

Politics and Government

A new state lawmaker’s first session is over. And she got an earful about it at a town hall meeting.

State Rep. Lisa Cutter, who was inspired to run for office after President Donald Trump’s election, hopes listening helps change the current political dialogue

Politics and Government

How a first-year Colorado lawmaker tried to “go big or go home” with a zero-waste bill

“It’s sort of messy, but that’s part of the beauty in a way,” says state Rep. Lisa Cutter, on the lessons she learned about the legislative process

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Chaos and conflict brewing at the Colorado Capitol as Democrats push a big agenda and the GOP resists

A series of major policy shifts is generating tension, with one leading Republican state senator promoting secession

Politics and Government

Here’s a guide to how the Colorado state budget works, and how much is spent

The powerful Joint Budget Committee will hold its first-ever public testimony to get public feedback on how to spend $30 billion next fiscal year

Politics and Government

What you need to know about TABOR, Gallagher, Amendment 23 and the hidden forces that constrain spending in Colorado

Colorado’s constitution puts unique limits and mandates on taxation and public spending, leading to wide-ranging effects on public services

Politics and Government

From the sidelines to the march, and now to the Capitol: One woman’s journey in the Trump era

Lisa Cutter helped organize the first Women’s March in Denver, and now she is part of Colorado's pink wave of new Democratic lawmakers elected in 2018

Politics and Government

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

Context for the speech with annotations from The Colorado Sun highlighting what’s important and explaining what it all means

Politics and Government

A citizens’ guide to lawmaking and lobbying in Colorado

What to know about visiting the Colorado Capitol, contacting your lawmaker and getting involved

Politics and Government