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Interest in reforming Colorado’s system to recall elected officials is building — on both sides of the aisle

With attempted recalls of elected officials continuing to sweep across Colorado, interest in reforming the state’s system for ousting people from elected office is growing and early ideas are being debated for possible legislation to be introduced during the 2020 lawmaking term.  The push for change — which may have to be approved by voters […]

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Jared Polis recall backers say they don’t have enough signatures to force election to oust Colorado’s governor

Backers of the effort to recall Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced on Friday morning that they did not collect enough signatures to force a special election on whether to boot the Democrat before his first year in office ends. Friday was the end of a 60-day period during which supporters of the recall needed to […]

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Recall petition against Senate President Leroy Garcia approved, campaign can start collecting signatures

A recall petition targeting Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia was approved Monday by state elections officials, meaning opponents of the Pueblo Democrat can being collecting signatures in an attempt to oust him from office. Garcia is the latest — and most high profile — Democratic state lawmaker to be targeted by a recall campaign following […]

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Colorado lawmakers missed a significant number of votes in the 2019 legislative session

In the fast-paced legislative environment, missing one day can mean missing dozens of votes. And it can add up through the session.  Colorado’s 100 lawmakers missed a combined 898 final votes out of 47,302 opportunities during the 120-day legislative session, according to a Colorado Sun analysis of the 2019 term. The General Assembly approved 460 […]

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Democrat Donald Valdez, a state lawmaker, to announce bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

Democratic state Rep. Donald Valdez on Saturday will announce his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, a move that will force a Democratic primary in a race getting early national attention.  Valdez is hosting a series of town-hall meetings in southern Colorado on that day and in an […]

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Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia is spending $20,000 on ads touting his work — even though he’s term limited

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia is spending roughly $20,000 on television and digital ads touting his work during the 2019 legislative session, an unusual step in a non-election year — especially for a term-limited lawmaker. But the Pueblo Democrat, who was reelected to his seat in 2018 for a final four-year term, is facing the […]

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A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session

Before lawmakers left the state Capitol earlier this month, they issued homework for the interim. And if the assignments are any indication, the next legislative term is expected to be another doozy. The Democratic-led General Assembly is preparing to study eight major policy topics — ranging from school safety and college affordability to private prisons […]

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Should it be illegal for Colorado’s elected officials to block someone on social media? This lawsuit may provide a definitive answer.

Can the people we choose to lead us block or censor constituents on social media? It’s a question leading to increasing conflicts in Colorado between citizens and their elected officials in all levels of government. The legal answer is one that remains mostly unanswered in the state, despite several high-profile lawsuits that have ended settlements […]

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Colorado Democrats postpone paid family leave effort until 2020, opt for study after mounting pressure against bill

Democrats at the Colorado Capitol won’t meet one of their prime goals this year, passing a paid family and parental leave bill, opting instead to study how to resolve differences surrounding the bill in hopes of pushing forward in the 2020 legislative session. The resolution comes after weeks of mounting pressure from business groups against […]

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Colorado’s Senate president blocked a Facebook commenter. That cost taxpayers $25,000 — and he’s not the first to prompt a payout

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia’s decision to block a commenter on Facebook might have seemed like something anyone would do on the social media site. Don’t like what a user is saying about you? Delete them and what they have to say. But those few clicks of a button on the Pueblo Democrat’s official page […]