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Gun Control Legislators Face Colorado Recall

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.15.2013 | Denver
Renee Parsons

As the Colorado General Assembly moves to become the second state to adopt gun control legislation since the Newtown tragedy, the BFDF has set its sights on recalling the president of the State Senate and at least two other legislators.

Metro State: We're 'Willing And Able' To Defend Undocumented Tuition Rate

Posted 08.07.2012 | Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver says it has decided to move forward with its controversial vote granting undocumented students a new tuition r...

It's Rhyme Time For The Colo. Legislature

Posted 01.11.2012 | Denver

Today marks the first day back in session for Colorado's 2012 General Assembly (the 68th, for those of you counting). What better way to announce th...

Colorado's General Assembly Makes History

Posted 11.21.2011 | Denver

Colorado House Democrats elected Mark Ferrandino their minority leader last Friday, making him the first openly gay man to serve such a high position ...

Fiscal Conservatives Should Want Colorado Parolees to Succeed

Mike Krause | Posted 06.21.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Technical parole revocations back to prison (where there is not a new crime, but rather some violation of the terms of parole) is an available area for lawmakers to seek out reforms for cost savings.

Reporters Should Keep It Simple: CDPHE Budget Increased Under Norton

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Jane Norton has been telling reporters she cut her own budget when she headed the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment. In an article, The Denver Post set the record straight.

Colorado Is Ground Zero

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

Over the next 10 days or so, Colorado will sit dead center in the debate over how to improve public education in this country.

Elections Modernization Bill Won't Get a Vote

Shad Murib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shad Murib

On April 21, Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll announced that he would not be introducing the Elections Modernization bill during this session.

Daniel Kagan Waxes Poetic At Colorado Capitol (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Parliamentary process can be tedious. That's why Colorado lawmakers have to find ways to keep everyday proceedings at the capitol interesting. Take ...

Lawmakers Rip RTD Board Over CEO Cal Marsella's Benefits Package

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Lawmakers on the Colorado General Assembly's Legislative Audit Committee ripped into RTD board members this morning for showering former agency Genera...

Time to Toughen Ethics Rules for the Pinnacol Board

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Aren't Pinnacol's actions exactly the kind of gift voters banned when they passed Amendment 41 in 2006? The answer is no.

Gut-Check Time

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

By tomorrow, we will know whether Colorado lawmakers, particularly Democrats, mustered the will and courage to pass one of the most significant pieces of education legislation in years.

A Sickly Smell From the Colorado ORV Program

David Petersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Petersen

A significant number reckless riders of off-road vehicles continue to venture off marked trails to cause extensive damage to watersheds and fish and wildlife habitat.

Patients Speak: Medical Marijuana Frees People From Addiction to Deadly Painkillers

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

On Wednesday, dozens of former addicts made the tough decision to share their stories publicly, doing so before news cameras and a standing-room only crowd.

The State Budget Crunch and Colorado's Future

Rollie Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Rollie Heath

"What kind of state do we want?" Finding answers that most Coloradans will agree with is quite a challenge. We must consider the costs of inaction along with the costs of action.

Colorado's War on Drugs a Fiscal Disaster

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Colorado's failed attempt to incarcerate away drugs costs taxpayers roughly $140 million per year just for prison beds. Budget hawks have turned a blind eye to one of the most extreme spending sprees in state history.

Colorado Legislative Session: Which Bills To Watch In 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

When the 2010 Colorado Legislative Session convenes on Wednesday, the most pressing issue facing the General Assembly will unquestionably be how to cl...

Romer's Medical Marijuana Bill Raises Important Questions

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

As Colorado's medical marijuana community prepares for the legislative session to kick off, the focus will be on a proposal by Sen. Chris Romer. Its present language raises significant concerns.

The Great Smoke-In, or, Finding Common Ground on Medical Marijuana

Chris Romer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Chris Romer

A legislative process is best when there are two fully represented stakeholder groups that can debate the merits of compromise and finding common ground.

Lessons From Federico Peña

Joel Judd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Joel Judd

I am running against another old friend and ally of Mayor Peña's for the State Senate. I do not know whether Federico will endorse or stay neutral in this race. Whatever he chooses to do will not diminish my respect for him.

Scholarships Short-Changed Per Audit

Morgan Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Morgan Carroll

Yesterday in committee we heard the results of the recent audit of CollegeInvest and there are findings we should all be concerned about.

Corporate Tax Loopholes Cost Colorado Billions -- Let's Close Them

Joel Judd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Joel Judd

We are faced with cutting mental health programs, raising tuition, cutting medical services for the poor. Yet we seem to have plenty of dough for corporate welfare that simply does not work.

California, Here We Come -- If We Don't Change Our Budget Ways

Matt Sundeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Matt Sundeen

The "change makes us California" story is intended to scare us, but like many good tales, it's blatantly untrue. Budget reforms will not transform us into the Golden State. Almost the opposite is true.

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.

Real Reform for Colorado's Schools

Evie Hudak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Evie Hudak

Labeling schools doesn't help kids, and it doesn't make schools better. Judging schools on one year's test scores alone is not a valid reflection of how they are doing.