Politics

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GOP registration grows most before primary

By Gary Harmon

The ranks of registered Republicans and Democrats in Mesa County both swelled in May and early June as the deadline to switch parties — and participate in the June 24 GOP primary — approached. Mesa County Republicans are deciding ...


Guv vetoes ‘polarizing’ water bill

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill Thursday that was designed to encourage water conservation on the Western Slope, but a measure that some said did so at the expense of downstream water users. The measure, SB23, would have allowed farmers ...


Secessionists turn to counties to fill House seats

By Charles Ashby

The same folks who tried to carve out a portion of Colorado to create a 51st state have ditched that effort for something new. While two Phillips County men have given up on the idea of seceding from the state, they announced plans Thursday ...


Willett rakes in
 contributions 
for House race

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A relative late entry into the race for House District 54, Republican Yeulin Willett still managed to outstrip all other candidates combined in campaign donations for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jared Wright. The Fruita ...


Mark Ferrandino, Bob Gardner

Legislature adjourns: Bills with local impact altered

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Legislature ended the 2014 session Wednesday amid some rancor, only some of which was between political parties. Because time had run out, Rep. Jared Wright was dismayed that he was forced to recede from changes ...


King blames ‘liberalism’ for death of DUI felony bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though it passed four committees and overwhelmingly cleared the Colorado House, a Senate committee killed a bill Tuesday that would have made it a felony for getting three or more DUIs. On a party-line vote on the ...


Bill either leads to loss of water or it doesn’t

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Depending on who’s doing the talking, a bill that won final approval in the Colorado Legislature on Monday either could take away some people’s water rights or do nothing of the kind. The debate was over SB23, which ...


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Wright crossways with GOP

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Rep. Jared Wright doesn’t care what the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce thinks about a bill he’s backing on uranium mining. The Fruita Republican is co-sponsoring a bill with a Boulder Democrat, Rep. KC ...


Child predator
 crackdown goes 
to Hickenlooper

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill to create a Jessica’s Law in the state, but Republicans there took one last attempt at trying to put their mark on it. The measure, HB1260, imposes minimum ...


Legislators kill bill to ban cameras at red lights

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill that would have outlawed the use of cameras to nab people who run red lights was gutted, and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino thinks it will stay that way. The Denver Democrat is the House sponsor of SB181, a controversial ...


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