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Democrat Steven Woodrow replacing Chris Hansen in Colorado House

Steven Woodrow, an attorney and Democratic activist, has been chosen to serve out the term of former Denver state Rep. Chris Hansen, who has taken a Senate seat. Colorado Politics reports that a party vacancy committee selected Woodrow to fill the seat on Tuesday. Woodrow says his priorities are education funding, the environment and addressing the state’s […]

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Chris Hansen chosen to fill seat of Colorado Sen. Lois Court, who resigned because of illness

State Rep. Chris Hansen was selected by a vacancy committee Thursday night to fill the seat of Sen. Lois Court, a Denver Democrat who resigned after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. Hansen, also a Denver Democrat, beat out four other candidates for the job. He was chosen after winning 95 votes out of 120. […]

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As Colorado’s governor, lawmakers target tax breaks, a program that covers 75% of the state’s land could be in the crosshairs

In the grand scheme of public subsidies for professional sports teams, the $19,306.19 the state gave the Colorado Rockies in 2013 probably isn’t enough to get worked up about. Neither is the $948.57 credit claimed in 2014 by a Walgreens for $31,000 invested in a Pueblo pharmacy. Or the $529 McDonald’s received in 2016 through […]

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Colorado schools will get more money thanks to new estimates. And homeowners can expect to pay more.

Colorado homeowners can expect a double whammy on their next property tax bill: higher taxes driven by rising home values, and little relief from a constitutional provision designed to help. On the other hand, booming home and industrial property values will mean more money for school districts, local governments and special districts that rely on […]

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Colorado’s new red flag law may have applied to woman whose threats caused mass school closures. But there’s a catch.

Colorado’s new red flag gun law could have been used to stop a gun purchase by an 18-year-old woman, who authorities say was “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and flew to Denver after making potential threats. But the extreme risk protection order that may have kept Sol Pais from buying a shotgun […]

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Coloradans were set to get a property tax cut. Gov. Polis is mulling a workaround to stop it.

Gov. Jared Polis plans to ask lawmakers to forgo an expected statewide property tax cut this year, in a bid to stave off local budget cuts and free up state funding for other priorities. If the gambit succeeds, it would deny Colorado homeowners an estimated 3.5 percent property tax cut they otherwise would have received […]

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Colorado lawmakers want to eliminate spending caps. Here’s how the TABOR overhaul would work.

House Speaker KC Becker on Wednesday debuted a measure that could reshape state spending in Colorado, permanently eliminating taxpayer refunds and allowing lawmakers to ignore some of the most restrictive public spending limits in the nation. If the state legislature approves the bill – and Colorado voters pass the measure in November — it would […]

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Colorado Senate Democrats, with their new majority, show early splits; statehouse Republicans search for a path forward

The new Democratic majorities at the state Capitol picked their leaders in elections Thursday that showed early divisions between the moderates and more liberal lawmakers. In the state Senate, where the party took control for the first time in four years, Pueblo Sen. Leroy Garcia unanimously won the job as the chamber’s president when it […]