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Woods' Long Ride on the Trump Train

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.14.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Arvada) first tiptoed onto the Trump train in January, when she called Trump one of her two favorite presidential candidat...

"Attacks on Women's Health Will Not Be Tolerated": Reflections on the 2016 Colorado General Assembly

Karen Middleton | Posted 05.21.2016 | Denver
Karen Middleton

As a former Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from Aurora, it was my distinct honor to accompany Colorado's Speaker of the House, Dickey...

6 Reasons to Help Coloradans Save for Retirement

Elizabeth Owens | Posted 04.18.2016 | Denver
Elizabeth Owens

Expanding access to workplace retirement plans is critical to mitigating a retirement crisis that has left many people facing poverty in retirement and needing to rely on family and social programs.

Small Batch

Joel Judd | Posted 06.03.2016 | Denver
Joel Judd

Colorado's just concluded 2015 legislature did its best to improve life for the drinking class and those who serve us; addressing, for example, the lapsed license quandary.

Colorado Civil Liberties On the Brink: Why Your Vote Matters

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The margins between advancing, losing or just holding ground in civil liberties are very narrow in a state like Colorado. Voters would do well to pay attention to what goes on in the legislature and to take seriously the threat of legislation.

Single Party Majorities Drive Sweeping Changes

stateline | Jim Malewitz | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

INFOGRAPHIC: 2013 Colorado Legislative Session a Win for Common Sense

Jen Caltrider | Posted 07.09.2013 | Denver
Jen Caltrider


Guns, Jerks and Spiel at Colorado Legislature

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 05.06.2013 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

Guns, guns, guns are all the rage at the Colorado legislature with Democrats pushing a series of gun restrictions that may actually become law.

Three Bills That Tell Colorado Bureaucracies to Do What They Shouldn't Have to Be Told to Do

Mike Krause | Posted 04.23.2013 | Denver
Mike Krause

While all these bills seek to right wrongs, empower citizens and generally make government more accountable, they also should be entirely unnecessary in a constitutional republic where government is the servant rather than the master.

Hickenlooper Asks For Mental Health Care Expansion

Posted 12.18.2012 | Denver

Colorado's Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper announced an $18.5 million plan Tuesday to expand the state's mental health services in response to r...

Civil Unions Will Be Reintroduced For Third Time

Posted 11.30.2012 | Denver

Civil unions will be reintroduced in the Colorado Legislature for a third time and most likely under the first openly gay House Speaker in the state's...

John Celock

Colorado Dems Hope To Reverse 2010 Decision | John Celock | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

As the battle for Colorado goes to the voters Tuesday, both turnout and the presidential race are major factors in both parties' playbooks. Republ...

Coloradans Still Strongly Support Civil Unions Bill Killed By GOP

Posted 08.13.2012 | Denver

According to a survey released by Public Policy Polling last week, Coloradans are still in favor of the bill that legislative Republicans killed in Ma...

Gay Latino Candidates Could Tip Balance Of Power In Colorado Legislature

Carlos Marquez | Posted 08.27.2012 | Latino Voices
Carlos Marquez

For Colorado's LGBT families, the prospect of doubling Colorado's LGBT representation in the legislature with an openly gay Speaker at the helm can restore hope that same-sex relationship recognition legislation will pass in the next session.

Time for a New Speaker?

Miller Hudson | Posted 07.14.2012 | Denver
Miller Hudson

Removing the speaker prior to next week's special session remains possible, but will demand considerable political courage from both sides of the aisle.

Special Session Begins: Will McNulty Give Civil Unions A Fair Shot?

Posted 05.14.2012 | Denver

Colorado's lawmakers are going back to work this morning to decide the fate of seven bills during a special legislative session that Gov. John Hickenl...

Denver Chamber to the Leg: "We're Coming In as Strong as Ever"

Robert Schwab | Posted 03.13.2012 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, told lawmakers and business friends Monday the chamber expects to exert its i...

Back To The Drawing Board (UPDATE)

Posted 11.29.2011 | Denver

On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the newly drawn House and Senate redistricting maps that were designed to make legislative races more ...

Amanda Terkel

Post-DADT America: Openly Gay Service Member Runs For Office | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just a few weeks ago, Army veteran Brian Carroll would not have been able to do what he's doing now: running for office as an openly gay...

Gov. Hickenlooper's Veto of SB 213 Insults Low-Income Parents

Brian T. Schwartz | Posted 09.05.2011 | Denver
Brian T. Schwartz

For some families, SB 213 would have increased the Child Health Plan Plus enrollment fee to $20 per month. It's insulting to eligible parents to suggest that they would not pay the increased fees.

Redistricting Maps To Be Drawn By Court Or Special Session

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.12.2011 | Denver

Lines between political parties in Colorado remain strong, but the issue of settling where the lines may divide the districts has remained obscure. ...

POT BILL: Fails To Pass In Senate

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.09.2011 | Denver

Last month, a bill intended to set the limit for marijuana-blood content was postponed by the Senate Judiciary Committee to give it more study. Last n...

Legislature Restrains Its Compulsion to Overcriminalize Colorado

Mike Krause | Posted 07.05.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

The Colorado legislature has taken a modest step towards restraining its penchant for overcriminalizing the lives of Coloradans. Let's hope it makes us all a little bit freer from an often overweening state.

Legislators: Scared of Bears

Wendy Keefover-Ring | Posted 06.12.2011 | Denver
Wendy Keefover-Ring

Colorado legislators have signaled they'd like a bear slaughter. HB 11-1294 puts a bull's eye on female bears and their cubs. Simply put: this bill is bad for bears and voters.

Senate Committee Approves Bill To Move Primaries To June

Posted 06.12.2011 | Denver

The State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Senate voted in favor on Tuesday of a bill that would move the state's primary electi...