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Elections measure sent to governor

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democrats in the Colorado House approved an elections bill Monday despite repeated objections from Republicans that it is fraught with errors. Democrats said the measure, HB1164, is needed to modernize elections in special ...

This Week at the Legislature

By Staff

As lawmakers near the middle of the 2014 session, activity will slow a bit this week. Still, there will be a few contentious topics they are expected to deal with.  ■ Today: The House Education Committee will hear a bill by Rep. ...


Lawmaker sees value of Palisade peach as official state fruit

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado already has several state symbols, from the aquamarine as its gemstone to Colorado blue spruce as the state tree. The state also has the Yule Marble as its state rock and the Columbine as the state flower. And soon ...

Bill would let married gays 
file joint Colo. tax returns

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado House gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would allow gay couples married in states that allow it to file joint state income tax returns. The sponsors of SB19, all gay and lesbian lawmakers who helped ...


House speaker buys boxes of famous toffee to give to his colleagues

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino plans to raise the white flag in the so-called war on toffee. The Denver Democrat was criticized last week when he lobbed the first volley in that war by repeatedly saying he doesn’t ...

Public input sought on water plan

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A measure to ensure that the public will have input to a proposed statewide water plan cleared a Senate committee Thursday. Though highly rewritten from its original version, SB115 introduced by two Western Slope lawmakers also ...


Attorney to challenge Wright in House race

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Grand Junction attorney Yeulin Willett is challenging Rep. Jared Wright to be the Republican nominee for House District 54. Willett, who has been practicing at the Grand Junction law firm of Younge & Hockensmith since 1987, ...


Wright tax cut withers on the vine

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Jared Wright didn’t put a lot of effort into trying to get a House committee to pass his bill Wednesday to give tax credits to Coloradans who don’t sign up for health insurance. The Fruita Republican, who ...


Republican Irvine trying again in House District 61

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Breckenridge Republican Debra Irvine entered the race Wednesday for the Colorado House seat that includes half of Delta County. Irvine lost such a bid to the district’s current legislator, Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillion, ...

Senate OKs elections bill over protests of some in GOP

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that affects how special districts conduct their elections has given some Senate Republicans “a sense of horror” that “fraudifies” the election process and should be called “The Voter Fraud ...

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