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Bill would give wineries production flexibility

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado wineries will be able to package and distribute wine they don’t make themselves under a bill that won approval in a House committee Tuesday. The measure, HB1034, would allow those wineries to add jobs and expand ...

Top Interior officials to visit Craig over sage grouse

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper is pulling in some big guns in the state’s struggles with federal officials over how to protect the greater sage grouse without hindering economic development. Although it took a bit of cajoling, the governor ...

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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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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