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Colorado House takes first pass at tax hike for highways
Colorado House takes first pass at tax hike for highways

By: Joey Bunch - 0 52 min ago

The Colorado House gave its initial approval Thursday to the session's biggest piece of legislation, House Bill 1242, which would ask voters to raise...

Colorado Senate advances $26.8 billion state budget with much general lament
Colorado Senate advances $26.8 billion state budget with much general lament

By: Peter Marcus - 0 4 hr ago

The Senate passed eight amendments to the proposed $26.8 billion annual budget after a 10-hour debate that saw concessions on several key issues. The...

Dan Njegomir: Seven questions for Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul
Dan Njegomir: Seven questions for Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 6 hr ago

At a time when all things "local," from food to business, are winning newfound respect, Adam Paul is about as local as it gets. The Lakewood native is...

WATCH: Colorado LGBT community members react to first 2 months under Trump
WATCH: Colorado LGBT community members react to first 2 months under Trump

By: Mary Maccarthy - 0 6 hr ago

Two months into the presidency of the first Republican candidate to openly support LGBT rights, Colorado Politics wondered how members of the state's...

Colorado sales tax hike wouldn't help toll lanes, leaders say
Colorado sales tax hike wouldn't help toll lanes, leaders say

By: Joey Bunch - 0 9 hr ago

Legislation to ask voters for billions of dollars for transportation is still a slippery beast at the Colorado Capitol, as Democratic leaders said...

Colorado legislature begins debate on $26.8 billion state budget
Colorado legislature begins debate on $26.8 billion state budget

By: Peter Marcus - 0 22 hr ago

Debate on the state's proposed $26.8 billion annual budget kicked off Wednesday with a heated discussion over looming reductions to hospitals. It was...

Despite extensive legislative pledges, construction defect reform could again fall apart
Despite extensive legislative pledges, construction defect reform could again fall apart

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Yesterday

House Democrats said construction defect litigation reform talks have become so troubled that conversations may stall. Rep. Alec Garnett and House...

Colorado good Samaritans get immunity for smashing windows to save lives
Colorado good Samaritans get immunity for smashing windows to save lives

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Yesterday

A bill that grants immunity to those who break car windows to save lives - both children and pets - is on its way to the governor to become law....

Colorado legislators try to elbow past the other party in order to help small business
Colorado legislators try to elbow past the other party in order to help small business

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Yesterday

Earlier this month, ruling state House Democrats shot down a heralded Republican bill from the GOP-run Senate that sought to ease the state's...

Colorado House approves setback rule for gas drilling near schools, but defeat looms in Senate
Colorado House approves setback rule for gas drilling near schools, but defeat looms in Senate

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Yesterday

A bill about setbacks for oil and gas operations from schools passed the Colorado House on a party-line vote Wednesday morning. House Bill 1256...

Senate approves boards for Colorado veterans homes
Senate approves boards for Colorado veterans homes

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Yesterday

With lawmakers focused on the state budget and a multi-billion-dollar transportation plan under the gold dome this week, it would be easy to overlook...

Colorado reacts to Trump's rollback of climate change regulations
Colorado reacts to Trump's rollback of climate change regulations

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

As President Trump on Tuesday rolled back much of his predecessor's climate-change policies, mixed reactions highlighted a new fight on the horizon....

Proposed sales tax for transportation would only partially fund I-25 widening
Proposed sales tax for transportation would only partially fund I-25 widening

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

The conversation about asking voters to fund billions in Colorado transportation shifted lanes Monday. The House Finance Committee discussed how to...

State lawmakers scramble to convert hospital fee in order to help rural Colorado
State lawmakers scramble to convert hospital fee in order to help rural Colorado

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

An expected bipartisan bill aimed at restructuring the Hospital Provider Fee to free money for spending in rural Colorado landed Monday night in the...

Colorado Senate kills bill on transgender birth certificates
Colorado Senate kills bill on transgender birth certificates

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

The LGBTQ agenda in the Colorado statehouse is officially retired for the rest of the session, as a Senate committee killed a bill to make it easier...

Taxpayers may wonder how booming economy leads to budget cuts at Colorado Capitol
Taxpayers may wonder how booming economy leads to budget cuts at Colorado Capitol

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Colorado lawmakers are set to begin work this week on a tight $26.8 billion budget proposal that will have taxpayers wondering why programs are seeing...

Marijuana businesses form coalition to defend against federal intervention
Marijuana businesses form coalition to defend against federal intervention

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

A new national coalition of businesses in the legal marijuana trade plans to fight federal efforts to intervene in states' regulation of cannabis....

Colorado DHS pushes background checks for those working with at-risk adults

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

The Colorado Department of Human Services is pushing for background checks on those who work directly with at-risk adults. Called the At-Risk Adult...

Colorado first responders could receive PTSD benefits under House passed bill
Colorado first responders could receive PTSD benefits under House passed bill

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

A bill that sailed through an initial vote in the House Friday would assure that PTSD is a condition that qualifies for worker's compensation...

Coalition: Rural Colorado hospitals in jeopardy without change in funding

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Dire funding news for the state's hospitals has left Republicans in rural Colorado pleading with the legislature to restructure the Hospital Provider...

Insights: Former Homeland Security chief calls mailboxes a gateway for drugs
Insights: Former Homeland Security chief calls mailboxes a gateway for drugs

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

The government probably would rather I didn't tell you this, and maybe I shouldn't. But former Penn. Gov. Tom Ridge, the nation's first Homeland...

Driverless cars arriving in Colorado faster than you think
Driverless cars arriving in Colorado faster than you think

By: Mary Maccarthy - 0 Sun, Mar 26, 2017

A car that switches lanes without the driver having to touch the wheel, steers to keep itself in the lane and can move out of the way of an approaching...

Democratic lawmaker announces run for state treasurer
Democratic lawmaker announces run for state treasurer

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Rep. Steve Lebsock on Saturday announced his candidacy for state treasurer. The Thornton lawmaker, who has been described as a "liberty Democrat,"...

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown
Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

By: - 0 Sat, Mar 25, 2017

DENVER — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense...

Committee moves 1,000-foot oil & gas buffer to school boundaries, not school entrance
Committee moves 1,000-foot oil & gas buffer to school boundaries, not school entrance

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Rep. Mike Foote showed the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee a video simulation of how close drilling happens to school playgrounds and...

Colorado bill would measure military training for college credits
Colorado bill would measure military training for college credits

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Fri, Mar 24, 2017

State Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, is looking to give credit where credit is due for veterans who learned a lot serving their country. Her...

Colorado Senate kills anti-gay conversion therapy bill for third straight year
Colorado Senate kills anti-gay conversion therapy bill for third straight year

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted down a ban on gay conversion therapy for the third year in a row Wednesday. House...

Colorado lawmakers boost number of permissible home-grow pot plants to 24
Colorado lawmakers boost number of permissible home-grow pot plants to 24

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Legislation aimed at cracking down on marijuana home-grows was heavily amended to allow medical cannabis patients and caregivers to cultivate up to 24...

Democratic U.S. Rep. Perlmutter expected to announce Colorado gubernatorial bid
Democratic U.S. Rep. Perlmutter expected to announce Colorado gubernatorial bid

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Thu, Mar 23, 2017

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter is expected to announce a run for governor as early as the end of the month, ColoradoPolitics has learned. "If it was up to...

Colorado lawmakers finalize the state budget bill and no one is happy
Colorado lawmakers finalize the state budget bill and no one is happy

By: - 0 Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Colorado hospitals will lose more than a half-billion dollars, schools will get $75 million less for classrooms and taxpayers won’t see TABOR refunds...