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McInnis to refocus political committee to advocate for Western Slope issues

By Charles Ashby

As a six-term congressman representing Colorado’s 3rd District, U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis built a campaign account that reached into the millions, spending thousands of dollars for many years not only on his own re-election campaigns, but ...

Unpaid fines in millions are red-tape mess

By Charles Ashby

The Secretary of State’s Office is owed millions of dollars in unpaid fines from numerous campaign finance accounts that it isn’t likely to collect. That’s partly because some of the accounts — several of which have ...


Bruce loses appeal on tax evasion charges

By Charles Ashby

Douglas Bruce, the so-called father of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, is guilty of tax evasion and a slew of other crimes, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the court unanimously ruled on ...

Retirees’ fund gets clean bill of health, again

By Charles Ashby

For the second year in a row, state auditors said the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association was doing a good job. The audit, presented to the Legislative Audit Committee on Monday, said the state’s largest public ...

Study: Pension system U.S. best

By Charles Ashby

Colorado’s largest public employee pension system is the most efficient and effective a state could have, according to an independent study released Monday. Transforming it to a private plan as other states have done would cost anywhere ...


9 vie for state education board

By Charles Ashby

Nine people are vying for the opportunity to replace Marcia Neal on the State Board of Education. But when a replacement to the retiring Republican will be selected is not yet known, said Freida Wallison, chairwoman of the GOP vacancy ...

High court sends TABOR lawsuit back to lower court

By Charles Ashby

A lawsuit challenging whether the voter-approved Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution by taking away taxing authority from the Colorado Legislature will head back to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. That happened ...

Colorado pension 
returns plummet 
this year over last

By Charles Ashby

The state’s largest public employee pension plan saw a 5.7 percent rate of return on its investments last year, about one-third of what it earned in 2013, according to the plan’s annual financial report released Thursday. The ...


Local lawmaker bows out of Senate bid

By Charles Ashby

State Sen. Ellen Roberts will not seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next year, the Durango Republican announced Tuesday. Roberts, whose district includes Montrose County, said she’s talked the matter over with family and friends ...


Legislator: Complaint politically motivated

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Dan Thurlow was fined $1,080 last week for making errors on his campaign finance reports to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office in a case that the Grand Junction Republican said is politically motivated. A volunteer who was ...

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