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Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado Dems, GOP continue battle over election-reform law

    Updated: Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    Democrats are trying to fix parts of last year's election reform law that have caused headaches for city, school district and special district elections, while Republicans are trying to quash what they say is a bill full of loopholes inviting voter fraud. House Bill 1164 seeks to...

  • Farm bill to bring Colorado $32 million

    Updated: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    DENVER - Congress on Tuesday approved a farm bill that cut food stamps, increased some farm subsidies and included payment in-lieu of taxes (PILT) funding that will bring about $32 million to Colorado. PILT was left out of the budget agreement Congress struck this year, leaving...

  • Attempt to repeal Colorado gun law on background checks fails in committee

    Updated: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    DENVER - Democrats stood behind universal background checks on gun sales as an important public safety measure on Monday as many advocated repeal of legislation they said infringes on the rights of private citizens. Senate Bill 94, proposed by Sen. George Rivera, R-Pueblo, would have...

  • Doug Lamborn and Democratic challenger Irv Halter nearly even in campaign finance

    Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    GOP Congressman Doug Lamborn and his Democrat challenger Irv Halter are neck and neck in campaign financing for the 5th Congressional District election in November. Lamborn reported Friday in the fourth quarter raising $56,658, spending $13,624 and having $113,674 cash on hand....

  • Gun debate heats up Monday over Colorado bill to repeal background-check law

    Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    DENVER — Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo, will testify at the Capitol Monday that the background-check law for all gun sales has made him and his family criminals. Head will be urging lawmakers, specifically the three Democrats on the Senate State Affairs committee, to repeal...

  • Lawmaker joins Colorado teachers' effort to change 2010 law

    Updated: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Colorado lawmakers have joined the fight to change an education reform provision from 2010 they say has allowed at least 100 teachers to be fired in violation of the state Constitution. The Colorado Education Association and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association filed a lawsuit...

  • Members of Colorado's Congressional delegation react to State of the Union

    Updated: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    While Colorado Democrats in Congress praised President Barack Obama for his call for bipartisan support of immigration reform and programs to help the poor and unemployed, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, said partisanship still ruled the day during the State of the Union....

  • Colorado Education Association lawsuit seeks to undo reforms

    Updated: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    The Colorado Education Association is announcing a highly anticipated lawsuit Wednesday that will challenge parts of education reforms put into place by lawmakers in 2010. According to a media release from the CEA, the litigation will address "proven flaws in the mutual consent...

  • Colorado Republicans have a plan for wildfires

    Published: Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    DENVER - Republican lawmakers are pushing their ideas about needed legislation to help the state cope with wildfire risks. Republican senators and representatives said at a news briefing last week that they endorse plans from their members to create a state-owned fleet of aircraft to...

  • Black Forest fire report highlights responsibilities for red zone residents

    Updated: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    DENVER - Just as a report was released showing that fire mitigation efforts helped save homes during the Black Forest fire, Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the state's response to rampant wildfires, including a proposed tax incentive for homeowners who do such things as create defensible...

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