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‘Half-Latino’ comment sparks dust-up on floor of House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It shouldn’t matter what Rep. Dave Williams’ ethnic background is, even at a time when the Colorado House is celebrating having its first Latina speaker. And that ancestry shouldn’t be used in an attempt to ...


Bill would allow FML districts to invest capital

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Counties that have created their own special districts to dole out federal mineral lease money would be able to invest some of it as a way of maximizing their resources under a bill that won unanimous approval in a House ...

Aid for rural counties 
rejected for third time

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — For the third time in as many years, a Western Slope Democrat couldn’t get Republican leaders in the Colorado Senate to approve her idea to help rural counties hardest hit by major job losses. Even though Sen. Kerry ...


Panel OKs bill to end tax on feminine products

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It’s become known as the tampon tax. Worldwide, there has been a growing movement to do away with sales taxes on feminine hygiene products used in menstruation, with some saying that it’s unfair to women to tax such ...

Bill would require all officers of law to be U.S. citizens

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Law enforcement officers in Colorado would have to be U.S. citizens in order to stay in their jobs under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Monday. The bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. Bob Gardner, ...


Fate of state schools makes choices tough for education board

By Katie Langford

Republican Joyce Rankin won her first term on the Colorado Board of Education in November, but the joy of victory is quickly giving way to the gut-wrenching realities that face the state’s top elected education officials this ...


Colorado treasurer takes aim at changes to PERA

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton is on a one-man mission to reform the state’s largest public employee retirement system. The Republican, who is expected to run for governor next year, has gotten three bills introduced ...


Groundwater appeals bill clears Senate panel

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A year ago, two Western Slope lawmakers went up against a former governor and lost. At that time, Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and now Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, were trying to get a bill through the Colorado Legislature ...

Lawmakers introduce 
seizure bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Abuses by law enforcement of civil forfeiture laws elsewhere in the nation have prompted four state lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle to join forces to see if similar abuses are happening in Colorado. The four ...

Little progress in roads funding

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Discussions so far in the Colorado Legislature this year about putting something onto the fall ballot dealing with transportation funding is stuck in the slow lane. Legislative leaders in the Democratic-controlled House and ...

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