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Gov. Hickenlooper on making pot illegal again if tied to crime: 'I'm not ruling it out'
Gov. Hickenlooper on making pot illegal again if tied to crime: 'I'm not ruling it out'

By: Joey Bunch - 0 4 hr ago

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was against legalizing marijuana, but once the voters spoke, he went along and defended Coloradans' right to use...

Colorado Senate Democrats take a stand on the Great Sand Dunes
Colorado Senate Democrats take a stand on the Great Sand Dunes

By: Joey Bunch - 0 11 hr ago

Every Democrat in the Colorado Senate has signed a letter opposing the Trump administration's proposal to sell off public land for energy development...

Portion of I-25 could be 'Barack Obama Highway' if Colorado lawmaker gets his way
Portion of I-25 could be 'Barack Obama Highway' if Colorado lawmaker gets his way

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Colorado House Democrats this week are trying to get permission from the General Assembly to rename the portion of Interstate 25 that goes through...

Colorado bill would grant benefits to families of fallen local officers
Colorado bill would grant benefits to families of fallen local officers

By: Erin Prater - 0 Thu, Apr 19, 2018

While Colorado lawmakers in March celebrated the passage of a bill to provide health benefits to the families of fallen state employees, families who...

How bad does Denver want Amazon HQ2? Not so bad, survey says
How bad does Denver want Amazon HQ2? Not so bad, survey says

By: Mark Harden - 0 Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Amazon HQ2 = 50,000 jobs; $5 billion in investment. The potential benefits of landing Amazon.com Inc.'s second headquarters have been touted endlessly....

Hickenlooper orders flags at half-staff in honor of the late Barbara Bush
Hickenlooper orders flags at half-staff in honor of the late Barbara Bush

By: Erin Prater - 0 Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags across the state lowered in honor of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92....

Is Rep. Doug Lamborn's re-election bid in trouble? Colorado Supreme Court will review ballot challenge
Is Rep. Doug Lamborn's re-election bid in trouble? Colorado Supreme Court will review ballot challenge

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Wed, Apr 18, 2018

The Colorado Supreme Court will decide whether U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn stays on the primary ballot, or if a legal challenge over petition signatures...

Denver proposes tax hike on marijuana for affordable housing
Denver proposes tax hike on marijuana for affordable housing

By: - 0 Mon, Apr 16, 2018

DENVER — Denver officials have unveiled a plan that would have marijuana buyers help pay for an expansion of the city's 10-year, $150 million...

House Democrats amend Colorado public pension bill to address $32B shortfall
House Democrats amend Colorado public pension bill to address $32B shortfall

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Colorado Democrats made big changes Monday to a bill to fill a $32 billion hole in the state's pension plan for public employees, an issue still in a...

Denver voters could decide on sales tax for mental health
Denver voters could decide on sales tax for mental health

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Denver Voters this November could decide on a 0.25 percent sales tax to support mental health and addiction services. The 10-year tax would raise $45...

Anti-squatters bill wins unanimous vote from crucial House committee
Anti-squatters bill wins unanimous vote from crucial House committee

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Fri, Apr 13, 2018

For five months, Ryan Parsell watched a neighbor's house in eastern El Paso County become a haven for drugs, prostitution and theft. The neighbor had...

U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases could influence Colorado
U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases could influence Colorado

By: Tom Ramstack - 0 Thu, Apr 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could have an impact on a potential Colorado vote on gerrymandering. Supporters of a...

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will stay on ballot, judge rules; appeal planned
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will stay on ballot, judge rules; appeal planned

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Wed, Apr 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will stay on the Republican primary ballot, a Denver District Court judge ordered Tuesday afternoon in a lawsuit that sought to...

Colorado House talks about what makes Colorado Springs the 'best'
Colorado House talks about what makes Colorado Springs the 'best'

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Apr 11, 2018

Colorado Springs' lawmakers seized their bragging rights on the House floor Tuesday. Republican Rep. Larry Liston held up The Colorado Springs...

Colorado was potential target of Facebook data breach, IT expert says
Colorado was potential target of Facebook data breach, IT expert says

By: Tom Ramstack - 0 Tue, Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON - Colorado's status as an election swing state likely made it a target for the kind of data breach described by Facebook Chief Executive...

State Sen. Vicki Marble violated Colorado ethics law, commission finds
State Sen. Vicki Marble violated Colorado ethics law, commission finds

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Mon, Apr 9, 2018

State Sen. Vicki Marble has violated the state constitution's ethics law, known as Amendment 41, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission decided...

Colorado's electric vehicle landscape gets a big jolt from VW settlement
Colorado's electric vehicle landscape gets a big jolt from VW settlement

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Apr 9, 2018

Colorado is investing in electricity with its plan to spend the state's $68 million share of the money that carmaker Volkswagen paid for rigging some...

A pattern of silence over sexual harassment at the Colorado Capitol
A pattern of silence over sexual harassment at the Colorado Capitol

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, Apr 6, 2018

DENVER - About 28 percent of the people who work at the Colorado Capitol have witnessed workplace harassment, but only about 13 percent reported it. Of...

Colorado politicians try their hand at April Fool's gags
Colorado politicians try their hand at April Fool's gags

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Apr 3, 2018

DENVER - State Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver and her partner in pranks Rep. Jovan Melton of Aurora were a day late but not a doughnut short Monday,...

Colorado Senate votes against expelling lawmaker
Colorado Senate votes against expelling lawmaker

By: - 0 Tue, Apr 3, 2018

DENVER — Colorado's Republican-led Senate voted late Monday against expelling a GOP senator accused of groping a former legislative aide, with...

Sen. John Kefalas honored for dedication by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition
Sen. John Kefalas honored for dedication by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sun, Apr 1, 2018

State. Sen. John Kefalas was heralded as a champion of free speech and transparent government by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. The...

House reauthorizes Colorado Civil Rights Commission; real fight ahead in Senate
House reauthorizes Colorado Civil Rights Commission; real fight ahead in Senate

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Sat, Mar 31, 2018

All but two members of the Colorado House Republican caucus voted against a bill Wednesday to continue the Colorado Division of Civil Rights and...

INSIGHTS: Payroll and PERA give Colorado's state workers jitters over how and how much
INSIGHTS: Payroll and PERA give Colorado's state workers jitters over how and how much

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sat, Mar 31, 2018

State employees have enough to worry about right now. It is inevitable they'll be taking a hit in their paychecks or pensions as Colorado lawmakers try...

Colorado Springs Republican Doug Lamborn qualifies for primary ballot by petition
Colorado Springs Republican Doug Lamborn qualifies for primary ballot by petition

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Thu, Mar 29, 2018

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, will be on the GOP's June primary ballot, Secretary of State Wayne Williams' office said...

Colorado House approves state budget on bipartisan vote
Colorado House approves state budget on bipartisan vote

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Thu, Mar 29, 2018

The Colorado House of Representatives on Thursday approved the 2018-19 budget on a 42-22 vote, sending it on to the Senate. And based on the packet...

Colorado Governer John Hickenlooper grants clemency to 17, upping total pardons to 40

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, Mar 29, 2018

DENVER - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday he has granted clemency to 17 people, including four from El Paso County. None of the...

Colorado House panel rejects what some called an Amendment 2 repeat
Colorado House panel rejects what some called an Amendment 2 repeat

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Wed, Mar 28, 2018

A bill many feared would take Colorado back to its 1992 reputation as the "hate state" failed in a state House of Representatives committee Tuesday...

Is there a deal in place for Sen. Randy Baumgardner to resign?
Is there a deal in place for Sen. Randy Baumgardner to resign?

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Wed, Mar 28, 2018

DENVER - Friday, March 30 could be a big day in the state Senate. Or not. It's not because of what will happen in the building. Both the House and...

Arcade association president busted in Denver for gambling
Arcade association president busted in Denver for gambling

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Mar 28, 2018

DENVER - After doing an interview with a TV station at the Capitol Tuesday afternoon, Tammy Garamova returned to one of the arcades she operates and...

Federal judge blocks part of 'Raise the Bar' measure on Colorado Constitution changes
Federal judge blocks part of 'Raise the Bar' measure on Colorado Constitution changes

By: Mark Harden - 0 Tue, Mar 27, 2018

DENVER - A federal judge on Tuesday blocked parts of a 2016 voter-approved measure that makes it more difficult to amend the Colorado Constitution....