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Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • 2nd half of legislative session will focus on how, where to spend money

    Updated: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    DENVER - Mid-way through the 2014 Colorado General Assembly the big problem is money - there's simply going to be too much of it and yet still not quite enough. "There are a lot of requests for money," said House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, R-Denver. "Revenue is coming up but, revenue...

  • Colorado likely to adopt tougher sex offender laws, though not one sponsored by Herpin

    Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    DENVER - Colorado will likely get a version of Jessica's Law this year - tougher sentencing for sex offenders in cases with young victims - but it won't be the version Sen. Bernie Herpin, R-Colorado Springs, sponsored. Herpin ran for office during the September recall election with...

  • Colorado legislators plan bill to pay for study on federal push to close military bases

    Updated: Thu, Mar 6, 2014

    DENVER - Senate President Morgan Carroll and Senate Republican Leader Bill Cadman will introduce a bill in coming weeks that would commission a study preparing for a federal push to close and consolidate military bases. Carroll, a Democrat from Aurora, said there is bi-partisan...

  • Childcare tax credit for low income Colorado families advances on party-line vote

    Updated: Wed, Mar 5, 2014

    DENVER - Colorado Democrats are moving forward with a tax credit that could give low-income families a break on the cost of childcare that's similar to one that middle-class families receive. Rep. Tony Exum, D-Colorado Springs, said making the tax policy more equitable was the right...

  • Beauprez makes it official: He wants to be Colorado's next governor

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    DENVER - Former Congressman Bob Beauprez may be entering the crowded GOP race for governor late, but he's undaunted by the task ahead. "We're going to start distributing petitions this week," Beauprez said Tuesday morning. Republican and Democrats across the state meet at 7 p.m....

  • CBI chief's numbers for Colorado gun-sale background checks don't add up

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    DENVER - The director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation cited a long list of statistics last month when he told lawmakers there was a compelling public safety interest not to repeal universal background checks. But some of the numbers Ron Sloan presented were inaccurate and...

  • Timing with Tuesday caucus meetings causes candidate quandary

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    DENVER - Strange timing with Tuesday's caucus meetings has put candidates in tough positions, having to decide early which path will take them to the primary ballot, and all but the most confident of candidates have chosen both. In most years, candidates have time after the precinct...

  • GOP candidates criticize Gov. Hickenlooper for economy, social issues during debate

    Updated: Mon, Mar 3, 2014

    DENVER - Republican candidates for governor present a united front heading into the June primary, keeping a live television debate friendly Sunday and focusing criticism on Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. So far, six candidates are working to get their names on the June 24 primary...

  • Gardner's jump to senate race leaves Colorado's 4th Congressional District contest wide open

    Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    DENVER - The Colorado Capitol was buzzing Thursday about a game of political musical chairs set off by the bombshell announcement that incumbent Congressman Cory Gardner would leave his seat and run for U.S. Senate. State Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, said he is getting calls asking...

  • Four GOP candidates for Colorado governor to debate on Sunday; Live on Gazette.com

    Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    The Gazette is partnering with FOX31 Denver and the Colorado GOP to hold a debate with four Republican candidates for governor. The debate will air live at 9 a.m. Sunday on FOX31 and will be streamed live on gazette.com as well as kdvr.com. Participating in the debate are Secretary...

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