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Thousands to March in Denver Saturday

Nancy Cronk | Posted 06.26.2012 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

On April 28th, 2012, thousands of Colorado women and their family members will gather at Civic Center Park's Greek Amphitheater for a rally to protect women's access to health care and for their right to make their own decisions.

State Senator Seeks Online School Audit, Cites Poor Grades, Structure

Posted 11.27.2011 | Education

Colorado Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is seeking an emergency audit of online K-12 schools. In a letter to lawmakers Monday, Shaffer...

Stokols Becoming the Face of Political Journalism on Local TV News

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

What Fox 31 is doing, dedicating a reporter to the political beat and airing stories most nights, is turning heads because it's just not done much anywhere by local TV news, much less in Denver.

Colorado Budget Deal Reached Between Senate, House

The Denver Post | Tim Hoover | Posted 06.05.2011 | Denver

Colorado lawmakers -- in both houses -- appear to have reached a tentative agreement on the state budget, a deal that involves restoring tax exemption...

Pinnacol Execs Defiantly Refuse To Step Down After Golf Controversy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Executives at Pinnacol Assurance are remaining defiant in the wake of widespread public criticism over a February, 2010 golf junket that cost over $30...

Mike Johnston Introduces Teacher Evaluation And Tenure Bill To Mixed Reviews

Education News Colorado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The effort to change Colorado educator evaluation and the teacher tenure system was launched formally Monday with introduction of Senate Bill 10-191, ...

Colorado Pinnacol Assurance Deal Is Off

KDVR | Eli Stokols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER - Lawmakers this week began work to set a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that require more cuts -- and more severe cuts -- than any of the ...

2010 Legislative session wrap-up

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Thielen

This was a great way to bookend this session. Before the start of the session I went to the Evil Jedi Conclave GOP Legislative Kick-Off and after I ha...

The Legislative Session In Review: VOTE For The Best And Worse Laws of 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

As usual, the end of the 2010 legislative session has been accompanied by a chorus of spin. To Senate President Brandon Shaffer, 2010 was "the most b...

Ted Harvey Investigated For Fraud

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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Pinnacol Deal Dead On Arrival In Senate: Brandon Shaffer

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Senate President Brandon Shaffer said today he does not want to proceed with a deal to spin off Pinnacol Assurance from state control. "The Pinnaco...

Colorado Senate Passes Bills Eliminating Tax Breaks

The Denver Post | Tim Hoover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Colorado Senate gave initial approval to a package of bills removing tax breaks on candy, soda, software, junk mail and other items Monday night. ...

Colorado Pension Vote Could Make State First In Nation To Limit Annual COLA Increases

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A plan to keep the state's pension system from going bankrupt is set to get its first hearing at Colorado's Capitol. Senate President ...

Bill Ritter Retirement: Legislative Agenda Could Be Affected By Gov's Decision

AP | COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Gov. Bill Ritter says he's dropping out of this year's election to focus on his family. But he also insists it will allow him to better...

Josh Penry, Brandon Shaffer Agree To Deal Fixing State Pension Fund

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Leaders of the Colorado Senate have reached a tentative deal on a plan to fix the state pension fund. The major changes to the Public ...

Bill Ritter, Colorado legislature Tackle Difficult Budget Issues

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON and COLLEEN SLEVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll likens lawmakers' work this session to sometimes-painful surgery. "We're cutting past the bone...

What Kind of Colorado Do You Want?

Brandon Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brandon Shaffer

We want Colorado to be the best place to raise a child. As we travel the state and ask people what kind of Colorado they want, we need to ask ourselves a question.