By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press DENVER — Democrats argue that the once-a-decade process of redrawing political maps shouldn’t be a partisan cage match. In the name of good government and balance, they’ve pushed for independent commissions to do the work of rebalancing population changes into congressional districts. They’re about to feel the consequences of […]
“We’re (expletive) idiots”: Some Democrats regret Colorado’s new redistricting process now that their party is in charge
In 2018, when Colorado Republicans and Democrats worked together to send Amendments Y and Z to voters in an attempt to tamp down the partisanship in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process, the state’s political landscape looked a lot different. The GOP controlled the state Senate, a U.S. Senate seat and the offices of treasurer, secretary of […]
Colorado Democrats will pursue mandatory waiting period for gun buyers, safe-storage measure in 2021
Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce at least three pieces of gun-control legislation this year, including a measure that would require a waiting period — potentially of five days — between when someone purchases a firearm and when they can access that weapon. The other two bills would require gun owners to […]
The next four weeks will determine if Cory Gardner keeps his job. Here’s how he plans to shift the tide.
Cory Gardner is touting his legislative accomplishments in the U.S. Senate and his work responding to the coronavirus crisis. He is getting praise from President Donald Trump and big financial help from national Republicans. And the GOP lawmaker from Yuma is relentlessly attacking his Democratic opponent, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, for violating the state’s […]
Nicolais: Colorado conservatives take steps toward LGBTQ equality
As the committee hearing that began early Thursday afternoon dragged on into the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, six bills aimed at the LGBTQ community died before the sun rose on the day traditionally dedicated to celebrating love. While my initial reaction to these bills represented a subdued dismay over continued Republican efforts to […]
The “red flag” gun bill is expected to pass in Colorado. But there are important things to watch along the way.
Before a 10-hour hearing at the Colorado Capitol on a “red flag” gun bill last week even began, the die had been cast. The measure won the House Judiciary Committee’s approval, as it always was slated to. And no matter how hard Republicans push back, it’s expected to ultimately pass the legislature this year. For […]