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State tax chief Barbara Brohl stepping down, awaits 'what the universe will involve me in next!'
State tax chief Barbara Brohl stepping down, awaits 'what the universe will involve me in next!'

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, May 26, 2017

Colorado's top tax collector is moving on, but it's not clear where. The governor's office announced this week that Barbara Brohl is stepping down in...

Congress to consider naming southwest Colorado peaks after legendary local climbers Fowler and Boskoff
Congress to consider naming southwest Colorado peaks after legendary local climbers Fowler and Boskoff

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, May 26, 2017

Congress is considering naming two peaks in southwest Colorado after two famous local climbers killed in an avalanche in Tibet in 2006, Charlie Fowler...

Syrian refugee earns Master's degree at CU Boulder, seeks asylum
Syrian refugee earns Master's degree at CU Boulder, seeks asylum

By: Mary Maccarthy - 0 Thu, May 25, 2017

Graduation - it's an event as American as apple pie. And graduate Abdulsalam Hindawi looks as American as the thousands of other students decked out...

Rep. Danielson will run for Senate District 20 in Jeffco next year
Rep. Danielson will run for Senate District 20 in Jeffco next year

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, May 24, 2017

A legislator widely expected to be a contender for Congress next year would, instead, prefer to govern closer to home. Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat...

2 GOP lawmakers ask Trump to leave Colorado monument intact
2 GOP lawmakers ask Trump to leave Colorado monument intact

By: - 0 Wed, May 24, 2017

DENVER — Two Republican members of Congress from Colorado are asking the Trump administration not to change the Canyons of the Ancients National...

Step towards construction defect litigation reform taken with Colorado governor's signature
Step towards construction defect litigation reform taken with Colorado governor's signature

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, May 23, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed legislation marking the most significant progress on construction defect litigation reform since the debate...

Colorado advances measures to step up battle against opioid addiction
Colorado advances measures to step up battle against opioid addiction

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

The legislative pushback on opioid abuse in Colorado got lost in the shuffle of winners and losers at the end of the session. Lawmakers and the...

Michael Dougherty, deputy prosecutor in Jefferson County, enters Colorado's Democratic primary for AG
Michael Dougherty, deputy prosecutor in Jefferson County, enters Colorado's Democratic primary for AG

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

Michael Dougherty, deputy prosecutor for Jefferson and Gilpin counties, says he's running for state attorney general as a Democrat next year, releasing...

Olympic medalists catch a tax break in Colorado after governor signs bill
Olympic medalists catch a tax break in Colorado after governor signs bill

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed a measure that will provide a state income tax deduction for monetary awards received as a result of winning an...

Insights: What does it mean to be a Democrat anymore, especially in Colorado?
Insights: What does it mean to be a Democrat anymore, especially in Colorado?

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sun, May 21, 2017

Sen. Michael Bennet was on a roll. His digs at President Donald Trump excited the crowd that was decidedly pro-Democrat as Bennet spoke from the aisle...

Organizers of a Colorado marijuana rally fined over trash
Organizers of a Colorado marijuana rally fined over trash

By: - 0 Sat, May 20, 2017

DENVER  — Organizers of a marijuana rally have been fined $12,000 and banned from holding the event in Denver for three years after trash was...

Colorado's senior senator astonished by Trump and Russia
Colorado's senior senator astonished by Trump and Russia

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sat, May 20, 2017

DENVER - Colorado's senior U.S. senator, Michael Bennet, said Friday evening he's having a hard time keeping up with news about President Donald Trump...

Behavioral health law puts a detour around jail cells in Colorado mental health response
Behavioral health law puts a detour around jail cells in Colorado mental health response

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

Jail cells are no longer a substitute for the help needed by people in behavioral and mental health crises in Colorado. Thursday Gov. John...

Gov. Hickenlooper pardons ICE-detained inmate Rene Lima-Marin
Gov. Hickenlooper pardons ICE-detained inmate Rene Lima-Marin

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Friday he had granted Rene Lima-Marin a full pardon in hopes in hopes it would save him from being deported to his...

Gov. Hickenlooper declines special session in Colorado on transportation
Gov. Hickenlooper declines special session in Colorado on transportation

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday announced that he will not call the legislature back to work on outstanding issues such as transportation, which could...

Another day, another artistic endeavor for post-session Gov. Hickenlooper
Another day, another artistic endeavor for post-session Gov. Hickenlooper

By: Erin Prater - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

Hickenlooper seems to have gotten in touch with his inner artist post-legislative session, first playing banjo at an Old Crow Medicine...

Perlmutter picks up key endorsement in Colorado governor's race
Perlmutter picks up key endorsement in Colorado governor's race

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

Pipefitters don't procrastinate. Nearly 18 months from Election Day, Local 208 in Denver, a politically prominent trade union, is throwing its support...

Colorado will no longer lock up people who are suicidal or in mental health crisis
Colorado will no longer lock up people who are suicidal or in mental health crisis

By: - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

It soon will be against the law in Colorado to lock people in jail when they are picked up on mental health holds. The legislation signed by...

Colorado governor and attorney general at odds over oil and gas drilling decision
Colorado governor and attorney general at odds over oil and gas drilling decision

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Thu, May 18, 2017

DENVER — Colorado's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that said regulators could put more weight on...

D.C.-based think tank warns of danger to rural Colorado in health care repeal
D.C.-based think tank warns of danger to rural Colorado in health care repeal

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Tue, May 16, 2017

A new report from an Obamacare-friendly think tank in the nation's capital concludes that a pending congressional replacement for the nation's...

Deadline looms for state to appeal court decision on oil and gas drilling
Deadline looms for state to appeal court decision on oil and gas drilling

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, May 16, 2017

Environmental groups are encouraging Gov. John Hickenlooper not to appeal a Colorado Court of Appeals decision emphasizing health and safety in...

Transportation in Colorado called a glass half full, but lawmakers contributed only a sip
Transportation in Colorado called a glass half full, but lawmakers contributed only a sip

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, May 16, 2017

State transportation director Shailen Bhatt told leaders in Colorado Springs Tuesday morning he chooses to see a glass half full after the legislature...

Union-busting Wisconsin group has its dollars in Colorado politics, according to two investigations

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, May 16, 2017

Colorado labor and education are in the crosshairs of an anti-union Wisconsin foundation, according separate investigations by the Center for Media and...

Colorado Senate Democratic Leader Guzman baked pastry for both sides of aisle
Colorado Senate Democratic Leader Guzman baked pastry for both sides of aisle

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, May 16, 2017

The legislative session that ended last Wednesday was so erratic that Senate Democratic Leader Lucia Guzman didn't know whether to argue or bake...

Hickenlooper not ready to decide whether to call special session
Hickenlooper not ready to decide whether to call special session

By: Erin Prater - 0 Mon, May 15, 2017

Will Gov. John Hickenlooper convene a special session? He's not ready to decide, the governor told reporters Monday in Colorado Springs, where he...

WATCH: John Oliver criticized Denver’s DaVita, possible Colorado gubernatorial candidate for 24 minutes straight
WATCH: John Oliver criticized Denver’s DaVita, possible Colorado gubernatorial candidate for 24 minutes straight

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, May 15, 2017

Hear that laughter? It’s the sound of gubernatorial aspirations in pain. Colorado Politics told you last month that Kent Thiry, the CEO of...

A DIY resistance in Colorado tries to keep the fight against Trump fresh
A DIY resistance in Colorado tries to keep the fight against Trump fresh

By: - 0 Mon, May 15, 2017

GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Stationing herself outside a bank building and holding a sign in the unforgiving midday sun, Katie Farnan was multitasking, as...

Republicans in Colorado Senate willing to negotiate at critical junctures
Republicans in Colorado Senate willing to negotiate at critical junctures

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Sun, May 14, 2017

Prior to the start of the legislative session in January, Republican Senate President Kevin Grantham said restructuring a hospital fee to raise money...

Insights: House GOP leader Neville pivots from expectations to be a principled dealmaker
Insights: House GOP leader Neville pivots from expectations to be a principled dealmaker

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sun, May 14, 2017

When Rep. Patrick Neville won the House Republican leadership last November, most of us in the state Capitol expected the caucus to take a hard slide...

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on short list to lead FBI
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on short list to lead FBI

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Sat, May 13, 2017

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers was thrust into the national spotlight Friday when Fox News reported that he was on President Donald Trump's short...