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Session delivers bills on transportation, pension reform

In a work season buoyed up by unforeseen revenue, Colorado lawmakers passed a deal to put more money toward the state's deep transportation needs, gave the green light to a last-minute compromise on … more

Proud to offer proof: This age-old American system gets the job done

The system works. Granted, it’s not perfect. It doesn’t satisfy 100 percent of the people all the time. But it works. I’m talking, of course, about our political system, offering as example the … more

Lawmakers conclude session with pension deal

Colorado lawmakers narrowly passed an ambitious plan to rescue the state pension fund from the fiscal brink just minutes before the 2018 legislative session gaveled to a close at midnight May 9. … more

Bill on mental health, guns stalls in Legislature

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock begged state lawmakers to pass legislation making it easier to confiscate firearms from someone considered a danger to themselves or others — people, he said, … more

Standing up for Colorado daughters

Every morning as I get ready to go into work, I’m doing so while taking care of my 10-month-old daughter Isabelle. I routinely catch myself thinking about how inspired by her I am. Working toward a … more

Putting every kid on the path to a good-paying job

Every hard-working Coloradans deserve a chance to find a good-paying job. Many young people in our state — including soon-to-be high school grads — are hungry for an opportunity to work hard, … more

Capitol Report: Schools, road funds see gains as budget advances

The Colorado state Senate approved a $28.9 billion state budget — about $2 billion more than last year's — over opposition from only four Republicans and four Democrats. The 26-8 vote on April 5, … more

Bill on transportation funding advances

The state Senate has tentatively approved a bill to ask voters next year if the state can issue $3.5 billion in bonds for roads and bridges while injecting a one-time installment of $500 million into … more

Colorado state revenue expected to rise, give budget a boost

Record-high oil production, rising wages and the anticipated benefits of the new federal tax law will inject hundreds of millions of extra dollars into Colorado's tax collections, giving lawmakers a … more

Democrats in Colorado Legislature stop three gun bills

Three gun-related proposals — one propelled by a former Columbine High School student — in the state Legislature hit a wall the week after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17, but … more

Capitol report: A look at what's happening in the state Legislature

Work season for the Colorado state Legislature began in the shadow of sexual-misconduct claims from last fall and amid continued exasperation over rising housing prices and traffic and transportation … more

Andy Kerr, Democrat, Senate District 22

What have you been up to in the months since the last session? Well, I ran for Congress, and then I didn’t (laughs). Most of the summer I spent time with my family and friends, and we have our … more

Chris Kennedy, Democrat, House District 23

What have you been up to in the months since the last session? I kept pretty busy. I served on the interim committee that explored our opioid epidemic and helped craft six bills to reduce … more

Lakewood legislators ready for challenges of 2018

The 2018 legislative session is just getting started, and there’s no shortage of work to be done in the coming months. Lakewood residents are facing the same challenges many metro area residents … more

Traffic, housing costs, retirement funds take spotlight

Democrats recently remarked that Colorado has “no shortage of unmet needs” — a comment that elicited a sardonic tone from Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock — and … more

Amid opioid epidemic, six Colorado proposals could fight trend

When state Rep. Brittany Pettersen was a child, her day started with finding and hiding her mother’s keys, pouring out her alcohol and pills, and then going to school. She’d get home, and she’d … more

Intern’s sexual harassment claim not true, state senator says

A former state House intern has filed a formal complaint accusing state Sen. Jack Tate of sexual harassment, and Tate said he has no recollections of any interactions with such House employees. “I … more
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