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Both feet forward at Capitol

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans took control of the Colorado Senate for the first time since 2003, while Democrats honored their party’s first woman speaker in the Colorado House on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. As is ...

100-plus bills introduced in new legislative session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers introduced more than 100 bills on the first day of the 2015 session, including some that are sure to rankle lawmakers on both sides of the political divide. Republicans, who have more authority in this year’s ...


Lawmakers OK more funds for Ute Museum, 
enough to double size

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature’s Capital Development Committee on Tuesday approved giving the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose the money it needs to complete a long-awaited expansion project. The six-member bipartisan committee ...

Jobs, small business atop list of issues for Colorado Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rural Colorado needs some love. That, at least, is what Democrats in the Colorado House and Senate said this week and will lead their agenda as the Colorado Legislature kicks off the 2015 legislative session today. Their theme ...

Tipton urges stronger Iran sanctions

By Gary Harmon

The Obama administration needs to discourage nuclear ambitions in Iran rather than threaten sanctions against Israel, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Talks with Iran have been extended seven months after no agreement had been made. At ...


Newcomers assigned to legislative panels

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Valley’s two newcomers to the Colorado Legislature received at least one committee assignment they wanted, and another they didn’t expect. Because of his business acumen, and his interest in helping boost the economy ...

Border states sue Colorado over legal pot

By Charles Ashby

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s recreational marijuana law. The two attorneys general, Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma, filed ...


GOP aims to prove it can lead after gains

By Charles Ashby

This year’s elections did more than just give Republicans control of both chambers of Congress. It also swept them into unprecedented control of most of the legislative chambers across the nation. As a result, national GOP officials are ...

Tipton votes ‘aye’ on massive package to fund government

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted for a $1.1 trillion spending plan aimed at funding the federal government through September, which will set the stage for battles in February over immigration policy. The measure, which passed the House, ...

CDOT transportation plan: There’s no money

By Charles Ashby

The 2040 statewide transportation plan that the Colorado Department of Transportation is taking public comment on comes with a dire warning: there isn’t enough money. The plan, which examines general transportation needs over the next ...

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