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INSIGHTS: Hick's vetoes anger some, but no grand strategy involved
INSIGHTS: Hick's vetoes anger some, but no grand strategy involved

By: Joey Bunch - 0 22 hr ago

Gov. John Hickenlooper picked a fine time to get jiggy with his veto pen - on his long stroll out the door. Friends and sometime allies who got their...

PERA finances improve following reforms

By: - 0 Fri, Jun 22, 2018

DENVER — Colorado's public pension is on much stronger financial footing after state lawmakers approved a rescue package in May. The pension board on...

Trump nominates new U.S. attorney for Colorado
Trump nominates new U.S. attorney for Colorado

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Wed, Jun 20, 2018

President Donald Trump has nominated Jason Dunn to serve as Colorado’s U.S. attorney in a long-anticipated move, the White House announced Wednesday....

Colorado regulators raise Xcel's energy-efficiency target by 25 percent
Colorado regulators raise Xcel's energy-efficiency target by 25 percent

By: - 0 Wed, Jun 20, 2018

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has raised the energy-efficiency bar for Xcel Energy Inc. even as Colorado's biggest power utility sought to...

Hickenlooper calls separating immigrant families 'immoral and un-American'
Hickenlooper calls separating immigrant families 'immoral and un-American'

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called out on Monday the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexican border as...

Darryl Glenn paying himself a salary from congressional campaign funds
Darryl Glenn paying himself a salary from congressional campaign funds

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Darryl Glenn, one of four Republicans challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in the June 26 primary, has been paying himself a salary out of campaign funds...

Gun self-defense in 4th grade? No, says Colorado education board
Gun self-defense in 4th grade? No, says Colorado education board

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The Colorado Board of Education voted June 13 along party lines to changes in standards for teaching health and physical education, but omitted a...

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says Durango is 'open for business,' despite nearby fire
Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper says Durango is 'open for business,' despite nearby fire

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Jun 13, 2018

DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper stressed to reporters Wednesday morning that "Durango is open for business." Durango is not threatened by the 416...

Military firefighting foam and water safety: Sen. Michael Bennet demands release of study
Military firefighting foam and water safety: Sen. Michael Bennet demands release of study

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Tue, Jun 12, 2018

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado has joined a growing list of Capitol Hill lawmakers demanding the release of a study that details fresh concerns...

PRIMARY PREVIEW: Colo. governor's race more positioning than policy
PRIMARY PREVIEW: Colo. governor's race more positioning than policy

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Jun 12, 2018

The primary elections for governor won't be decided on issues, because the candidates have few differences. That leaves Coloradans with a primary more...

Q&A with Craig Hulse | An uber-operative jumps into Colorado's public ed debate
Q&A with Craig Hulse | An uber-operative jumps into Colorado's public ed debate

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Upstart conservative advocacy group Ready Colorado didn't exactly tiptoe into the state's Great Education Debate a few years ago; it hit the ground...

Special session on Colorado marijuana issues called a long shot
Special session on Colorado marijuana issues called a long shot

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Members of Colorado's marijuana industry and other advocates on Thursday floated the idea of a special session of the state legislature to overturn...

Jared Polis leads Democratic field for Colorado governor by wide margin in new poll
Jared Polis leads Democratic field for Colorado governor by wide margin in new poll

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Jared Polis holds a wide lead over Cary Kennedy in the four-candidate Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to a new survey released...

Hickenlooper authorizes study of treating autistic children with marijuana day after veto
Hickenlooper authorizes study of treating autistic children with marijuana day after veto

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Jun 6, 2018

The day after Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have made autism a condition that qualifies for medical marijuana, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne...

Gov. Hickenlooper signs PERA bill, vetoes marijuana 'tasting rooms'
Gov. Hickenlooper signs PERA bill, vetoes marijuana 'tasting rooms'

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a controversial pension bill into law Monday but nixed a bill to create "tasting rooms" in recreational marijuana stores....

What bakery case ruling means for Colorado Civil Rights Commission
What bakery case ruling means for Colorado Civil Rights Commission

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Monday's U. S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop focused on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission,...

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake
Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Jun 4, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of Colorado baker who objected to making a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. The justices ruled 7-2...

Colorado governor vetoes marijuana 'tasting rooms' proposal
Colorado governor vetoes marijuana 'tasting rooms' proposal

By: - 0 Mon, Jun 4, 2018

DENVER — Colorado's governor on Monday vetoed a bill to allow marijuana retailers to set up "tasting rooms," dashing hopes that the state would be the...

Panel backs Denver bid for Winter Olympics - if voters approve
Panel backs Denver bid for Winter Olympics - if voters approve

By: Mark Harden - 0 Fri, Jun 1, 2018

Denver should make a bid for a future Winter Olympics and Paralympic games - but only if Colorado voters approve. That's the recommendation delivered...

Colorado House Speaker Duran, other members chosen for legislative workplace harassment review
Colorado House Speaker Duran, other members chosen for legislative workplace harassment review

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Thu, May 31, 2018

Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and five other legislators will review Statehouse workplace harassment policies on a committee this summer,...

Incumbent Doug Lamborn skipping only debate in 5th Congressional District
Incumbent Doug Lamborn skipping only debate in 5th Congressional District

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, May 31, 2018

A five-way race in the GOP primary in Congressional District 5 will have a four-way debate Thursday night at Woodland Park High School. The name not...

Hickenlooper names Samour Jr. as new Supreme Court Justice
Hickenlooper names Samour Jr. as new Supreme Court Justice

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, May 31, 2018

Gov. John Hickenlooper named Carlos A. Samour Jr. to the Colorado Supreme Court in an announcement Wednesday afternoon at the state Capitol. "I can...

Opioids, vet benefits, civil rights top Hickenlooper's bill signings this week
Opioids, vet benefits, civil rights top Hickenlooper's bill signings this week

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Tue, May 22, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has begun the last round of statewide bill signings for his time in office, with ceremonies starting on the Front Range...

Colorado governor's race: Candidates continue to set money records
Colorado governor's race: Candidates continue to set money records

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Sun, May 20, 2018

As Colorado's Republican and Democratic primaries for governor hit the final stretch, campaign finance reports filed May 7 detail a big-ticket race...

Red flag bill shows need for a white flag in partisan litmus tests
Red flag bill shows need for a white flag in partisan litmus tests

By: - 0 Sat, May 19, 2018

Close to midnight on one of the final days of the legislative session, Colorado House Republicans met in a caucus to discuss removing one of their...

The Colorado Civic Barbecue - let's make politics fun again
The Colorado Civic Barbecue - let's make politics fun again

By: Vince Bzdek - 0 Sat, May 19, 2018

On the first Sunday in May, Swiss citizens throughout that mountainous, cow-happy country merrily gather in their town squares to drink beer, show off...

Progress for Colorado businesses in a house divided
Progress for Colorado businesses in a house divided

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Fri, May 18, 2018

They say a house divided cannot stand, yet a divided Legislature seemed to serve Colorado's business community just fine by the time the gavel came...

Colorado to miss out on Subaru EVs for lack of a law
Colorado to miss out on Subaru EVs for lack of a law

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, May 16, 2018

Subaru could be considered the favorite car of Colorado, but you won't be able to get one that plugs in for a while. Subaru is planning to release...

Sports betting in Colorado could be a long shot
Sports betting in Colorado could be a long shot

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Mon, May 14, 2018

Don't expect to legally place bets on the Denver Broncos or other favorite sports teams anytime soon in Colorado, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling...

Tentative deal reached to end Pueblo teachers strike
Tentative deal reached to end Pueblo teachers strike

By: - 0 Sun, May 13, 2018

After five days of striking and a full day of negotiations, including finalization of details, members of the Pueblo Education Association will now...