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Middle schoolers shadow Pugliese

By Gary Harmon

Three Grand Mesa Middle School students on Monday shadowed Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese — from the regular Monday public meeting to a sit-down with a senator’s staff. The eighth-graders — Lucas Hahn, Jaden Rams and ...


Gardner: ‘Western food fight’ possible over moving BLM headquarters

By Dennis Webb

A “Western food fight” could break out over exactly where the Bureau of Land Management’s national headquarters should be located if U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner succeeds in his push to get the office moved out West, he ...

Parks and Wildlife fees bill among those killed

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — With only three working days left in the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers have been busy killing some measures, trying to keep others alive, while others appear poised to get through. On top of the list of what was killed in ...


Unaffiliated voter bill raises questions

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If unaffiliated voters designate a preference in which major parties’ primary they want to cast a ballot without actually joining that party, they would be tagged as someone who voted in that political primary under a bill ...

Lawmakers reach deal 
on hospitals,

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — After weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations, lawmakers said Thursday they had a deal on a bill that would prevent deep cuts to rural hospitals and set aside money to fund road and bridge projects. While the deal is as ...


Energy office bill clears first hurdle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — There is bipartisan interest in saving the Colorado Energy Office from certain doom, but both sides of the political aisle aren’t on the same page when it comes to the specifics about how that would be done. As a result, ...

Lawmakers trying again with new civil-asset forfeiture bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If at first you don’t succeed, give it a new name and reintroduce a bill in the opposing chamber and try again. That’s what lawmakers did for a measure reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. The ...


Legislators close in on transportation, provider fee deals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers are close but not quite there on an agreement to issue bonds for transportation projects and taking the hospital provider fee out from under revenue caps mandated by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. But the bill ...


Scott tries to salvage energy office

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Ray Scott wants to rescue the Colorado Energy Office, but he doesn’t want the office to be what’s it’s been in the past. Instead, he wants the office that is set to close in July to focus more on all ...


Rating bills demographically a bad idea, GOP says

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Every bill that is introduced into the Colorado Legislature gets what is called a fiscal note. That note, compiled by the nonpartisan Legislative Council staff, is designed to show the immediate impact a bill would have on the ...

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