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Steve Fenberg selected as next president of the Colorado Senate

Colorado Senate Democrats on Wednesday selected Sen. Steve Fenberg to be the chamber’s next president, a position in which the Boulder lawmaker will help steer the direction of the entire legislature. Fenberg had been serving as the Senate majority leader, the No. 2 position in the chamber. He was elected president by acclamation, without a […]

Posted inEnvironment

A record number of Coloradans are pursuing conservation easements as land, water prices increase

Tony Caligiuri was ready for it to fall apart.   Instead, the pandemic gave conservation in Colorado a boost. Soaring land values, spiking prices for water, legislation boosting incentives for landowners who protect their land and growing pressure to develop open land has fueled a record year for conservation easements in Colorado. “We were bracing ourselves […]

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Two wealthy Colorado Republicans running for U.S. Senate each injected more than $500,000 into their campaigns

Two wealthy Republicans aiming to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in November each injected more than $500,000 dollars into their campaigns in the last three months of last year. Those loans and personal contributions put Gino Campana, a former Fort Collins city councilman, and Joe O’Dea, a Denver businessman, near or over the […]

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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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Democrat Kerry Donovan ends her campaign to unseat Lauren Boebert after redistricting

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, ended her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District on Friday. The decision comes after Donovan was drawn out of the 3rd District during Colorado’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process. “While each $15 check in the mail with a memo ‘we believe in you’ […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Nicolais: Colorado won with new redistricting commissions

Three years ago, Colorado voters approved the first major overhaul to the decennial redistricting process — redrawing congressional and legislative district boundaries — in a half century. With the new maps submitted to the state Supreme Court for review, it is apparent that Coloradans made the right choice. More than the maps themselves, the process […]

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Lauren Boebert’s campaign leads the pack as Colorado congressional candidates raised $4.8M last quarter

Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and candidates hoping to unseat her in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District raised more than $1.8 million last quarter. The Garfield County incumbent led the pack, pulling in almost $950,000 from April through the end of June, according to Federal Election Commission reports.  State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, raised […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats’ health care bill seeks to reduce insurance premiums. No one is sure exactly how.

Colorado Democrats’ big-swing effort at reforming the state’s health care industry squeaked through its toughest test yet on Wednesday. In the 4-3 party-line vote to clear the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, only one Democrat on the committee gave full-throated support to House Bill 1232, which seeks to reduce insurance premiums for a subset […]