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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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A partisan lawsuit is looming over Colorado’s 2020 legislative session — and getting costly for taxpayers

Democrats see Colorado’s 2020 legislative session as an opportunity to reset their relationship with statehouse Republicans. But looming large is bad blood from last year’s lawmaking term that is central to an unresolved — and expensive — lawsuit. A lawsuit filed in 2019 by Republicans in the state Senate against the Democratic majority is still […]

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Before Colorado’s legislative session starts, transportation spending sits at impasse and frustration is mounting

The Colorado General Assembly convenes Wednesday at a familiar impasse about how to improve the state’s roads and reduce traffic congestion – one that appears headed for more political theatrics this session. The Democratic majority is reiterating their position that new revenue through taxes or fees is required to meet the state’s roughly $9 billion […]

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Colorado’s 2020 legislative session begins this week. Here’s a rundown of 10 issues to watch.

A year after engineering a major policy shift in Colorado, the Democratic-led General Assembly returns to the state Capitol this week with much left on its to-do list. Like the 2019 session, the question this year is how far the party will go in the 120-day lawmaking term to reshape how Colorado provides health care, […]

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“I’m absolutely not supportive of that”: Front Range passenger train service appears derailed on arrival at Capitol

The 2020 legislative session hasn’t yet begun, but a goal of Gov. Jared Polis already appears to be derailed.  House Speaker KC Becker, D-Boulder, told reporters on Friday that she is “absolutely not supportive” of legislation to create a Front Range passenger train system.  Proponents were eyeing the 2020 legislative session to offer a bill […]

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New attack ad from oil and gas industry ally blasts Gov. Jared Polis and Democrats for “junk science”

A dark-money conservative political organization allied with the oil and gas industry is taking aim at Colorado’s governor and a new administration report on health impacts from drilling operations, declaring “it’s time to fight back” against “Jared’s junk science.” The attack — airing on radio stations and appearing online — is the most aggressive assault […]

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National Democrats call Colorado Republican Scott Tipton’s seat a top pickup opportunity. But is it winnable?

National Democrats have vowed to try to dislodge U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District next year, calling his seat one of the party’s “top pickup opportunities.”  But of the three candidates so far vying to replace the Cortez Republican — including one who announced his bid just earlier this month — the […]

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Campaign to recall Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia fails, decides not to turn in all of its signatures

The campaign to recall Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia failed on Friday afternoon after the group decided to turn in just a fraction of the signatures that they collected. Friday was the recall campaign’s deadline to turn in 13,506 valid signatures from voters in the Pueblo Democrat’s Senate District 3 to force a special election […]

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Attempted recalls of Democratic state senators dead after proponents decide not to turn in signatures

For the second time in a week, efforts to boot elected Democrats from office in Colorado have fallen short.  The campaigns to recall Democratic state Sens. Pete Lee, of Colorado Springs, and Brittany Pettersen, of Lakewood, told the Colorado Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday that they will not be turning in the signatures they […]