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This Week in the Legislature, Jan. 20, 2014

By Staff

The 2014 legislative session will be entering its second full week, but it starts out with a holiday. ■ Today: Both chambers of the Legislature will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ■ Tuesday: The Senate ...


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Politics loom large in first days of Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republican senators spent a lot of time last week complaining that politics were going on in the Colorado Legislature. It started on Monday when Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, complained that newly ...


Bill boosts higher ed spending, with strings

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A measure to boost funding for colleges and universities and cap tuition increases is designed to reverse an alarming trend in the cost of higher education, Senate Democrats said this week. That’s why it’s the ...


Parties already sniping over gun-bill procedure

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans are already playing politics with a proposed gun bill that hasn’t even been introduced yet, Senate Democrats say. That happened when Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, accused Senate ...


Panel considering bill to ensure complete audits of health-care exchange

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Legislative Audit Committee will consider a bill to allow the State Auditor’s Office to more thoroughly audit the state’s health-care exchange, the committee decided on Tuesday. That decision came while the ...


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Native cactus next state symbol?

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Move over Rocky Mountain columbine, Colorado blue spruce and yule marble. There may be a new state symbol coming to town. The kingcup cactus. Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, introduced a bill into the 2014 legislative ...


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GOP names Wright panel’s ranking member

By Charles Ashby

DENVER ­­— In a move perhaps more about image than actual practical impact, House GOP leaders have named Rep. Jared Wright the ranking Republican on the House Local Government Committee. The Fruita Republican, who’s ...


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Governor vows to prevent fracking ban

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper will do everything he can to prevent any kind of ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state, the Democrat told several Grand Valley residents Friday. The former oil and gas geologist, who is touring several Western Slope ...


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Guv: State prevailed in year of scourges

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite last year’s flood, fires and school shootings, the state of the state is just fine, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday. But things could be better, the governor said in his fourth State of the State address to a ...


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Partisan calls for bipartisan progress at Capitol

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans wasted no time telling Democrats why they lost seats in the Colorado Senate and how they can avoid losing more ground with voters during this year’s legislative session, which began on Wednesday. Work with ...


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