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Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • As Colorado legislative session comes to close, still many loose ends

    Updated: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    DENVER - Ten days remain in the 2014 General Assembly, but more than 200 bills are pending, including some of both parties' top priorities that deal with education funding, an aerial firefighting fleet, telecommunications reform, and a few unexpected bipartisan efforts to enhance...

  • Road to Legalization: Pro-marijuana campaign outspends opponents

    Updated: Sun, Apr 27, 2014

    Calvina Fay, executive director of Florida-based Drug Free America, says that she could use the help of a few billionaires. She has been in the trenches in the war against marijuana for decades and said that mostly modest grass-roots donations make up the bulk of anti-pot campaigns...

  • Groundwater-well clean-up bill logs first committee victory

    Updated: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    A bill that would ensure higher levels of well-water cleanup at the Cotter Uranium Mill Superfund site in Cannon City and other radioactive remediation sites across the state won support of Democrats in its first committee Thursday and is moving forward. Senate Bill 192 would require...

  • Bill targets state Tourist Act in response to City for Champions award

    Updated: Fri, Apr 25, 2014

    DENVER - In direct response to the flood of state dollars awarded to Colorado Springs for the City for Champions project, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino is trying to tighten the floodgates for the last round of Regional Tourism Act projects. "They got, I think it was 128 percent above...

  • U.S. House members question officials about Aurora VA hospital delays

    Updated: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    DENVER - U.S. House of Representatives members grilled officials from Veterans Affairs Tuesday about the over-budget and delayed VA Hospital project in Aurora that is mired in litigation. The Aurora VA Replacement Medical Center was originally bid for $604.1 million in Nov. 2011, but...

  • Colorado GOP prepares for primaries

    Updated: Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Colorado Republicans are gearing up for a tough primary season. Even weathered incumbents such as Rep. Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton drew primary opponents at last week's GOP assembly. And in the race for governor, a fairly evenly matched showdown among four candidates with diverse...

  • Bob Beauprez makes Colorado gubernatorial primary ballot

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    DENVER - Bob Beauprez is officially a candidate for governor after the Secretary of State confirmed Wednesday he has turned in enough signatures to get on the June primary ballot. The Secretary of State threw out more than 12,000 signatures, and in things got close in two...

  • Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives for fire mitigation and an improved statewide fire information website. Chairs of the state's wildfire and flood task forces say lawmakers...

  • Ethics panel dismisses complaint against Hickenlooper

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    DENVER - An ethics complaint against Gov. John Hickenlooper was dismissed Monday in a 4-1 vote by the Independent Ethics Commission. Commissioners ruled that Hickenlooper did not violate state ethics laws by using state employees to help prepare for a Democratic Governors Association...

  • Mike Kopp, Scott Gessler make their way onto Republican primary ballot for Colorado governor

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    BOULDER - In the five-way Republican showdown for the governor's office Saturday, former state lawmaker Mike Kopp and Secretary of State Scott Gessler eked their way onto the primary ballot. At the daylong event at the University of Colorado Coors Events Center, 3,961 voting GOP...

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