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‘Newbies’ on time-worn path to state Legislature

By Charles Ashby

DENVER ­— Freshman orientation at the Colorado Legislature last week was like being back in school, except for these newly elected lawmakers, the courses were like no other they’ve studied before. Beyond learning the ...

Western Slope gets second seat on key legislative panel

By Charles Ashby

The Western Slope has another lawmaker on the Colorado Legislature’s powerful Joint Budget Committee. Last year, Republicans tapped Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Glenwood Springs, to fill a post being vacated by Rep. Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, who ...

Scott chosen to chair Senate committee

By Charles Ashby

Even though he’s just a freshman, at least in the Colorado Senate, Sen.-elect Ray Scott will start as a committee chairman. The Grand Junction Republican is to chair the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. The post ...


A reluctant push toward the center

By Charles Ashby

With Democrats still in charge in the Colorado House and the Republicans taking control of the Colorado Senate next session, leaders in both chambers are asking several questions: What will be the tone when the Colorado Legislature convenes ...


John Salazar to retire as Colorado ag chief

By Charles Ashby

After 12 years in public service, Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar is retiring, effective in January. Salazar, the former Democratic congressman from the 3rd Congressional District, has headed the Colorado Department of Agriculture since ...

Denver ethics group drops 
complaint against Suppes

By Charles Ashby

A Denver-based ethics group has dropped its complaint against Orchard City Mayor Don Suppes for using the town’s hall to operate part of his campaign for the Colorado Senate. The group, Colorado Ethics Watch, said it filed a motion with ...

Pot vote 
 by today

By Charles Ashby

Grand Valley residents should know by 11 a.m. today if recreational pot will someday be sold in Palisade. Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said that 20 of the 29 ballots that had to be “cured” for a variety of reasons, such as the ...


Colorado Senate picks new Republican leadership

By Charles Ashby

Colorado Springs Republican Bill Cadman will take over as president of the Colorado Senate. That happened Tuesday when the newly minted majority party of the upper chamber elected new leaders. Cadman had been serving as minority ...

Third party leaves its mark on election

By Charles Ashby

They didn’t win any races, but members of the Colorado Libertarian Party did put their stamp on this year’s races. The party, which floated 33 candidates in several statewide and legislative contests this year, did better than it ...

Democrat wins key race in Colorado state Senate

By Charles Ashby

A last-minute surge in voters in Gunnison County and additional counts in other parts of Senate District 5 turned the tables for Democrat Kerry Donovan. As a result, the Wolcott rancher managed to pull ahead in her bid to replace term-limited ...

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