Politics

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Dems, GOP spar over hospital fee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Democrats tried to pick a fight Tuesday with Republicans to allow a full debate in the Colorado Senate on a plan to take the state’s hospital provider fee out from under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, and not just ...


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Wearing pink not just for women

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — At first, Rep. Yeulin Willett thought a proposal to allow hunters to wear bright pink instead of the traditional fluorescent orange was the silliest thing he’d ever heard. But after examining the idea a little more ...


Discretion in sentencing bill has opposition

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to give judges more discretion in handing down sentences received some opposition in the Colorado House on Monday. Several lawmakers said the measure, SB51, would create a patchwork of sentencing guidelines, and takes ...


Water rights bill creates concern for 2 legislators

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Some Western Slope lawmakers are concerned that a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Monday could lead to water being permanently taken off of the state’s farms and ranches. Reps. J. Paul Brown, ...


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Legislative cure: Pharmacy choice bill lets buyer decide where to get meds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Many people would prefer to go to a local pharmacy rather than be told where they should get their medications, Palisade pharmacist Beth Benjamin says. Under a bill to be heard in the Colorado Legislature soon, they would be ...


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97 delegate votes put Davis on primary ballot

By Melinda Mawdsley

After John Justman and John Davis delivered speeches during Saturday’s Republican county convention that outlined why they wanted to be a Mesa County commissioner, delegates showed their support for both to set up a contested race for ...


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No Trump voters allowed

By Erin McIntyre

For rent: Downtown apartment, 2 bedrooms. Includes organic garden space, hot tub, great backyard. You can bring your dogs if they have references as good as yours. If voting for Donald Trump, do not call. Supporters of The Donald aren’t ...


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Low state revenues may mean no TABOR refunds next year

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — State revenues have dropped off a bit, enough that it could prevent an automatic refund under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, state economists told lawmakers on Friday. Projections for the next fiscal year are expected to ...


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Sen. Scott’s measure to protect revenue from severance tax

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Ray Scott’s bill to protect severance tax revenue from being used for things other than what it is intended cleared a Senate committee Thursday. The Grand Junction Republican’s measure, SB97, is designed to ...


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House advances police-community bills

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a package of measures Wednesday that are aimed at rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the general public. Four of the measures, some of which have bipartisan support, focus on ...


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