Politics

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Bills would improve telecommunications

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will begin debating a package of bills this week designed to upgrade the state’s telecommunications laws and bring broadband to rural parts of the state. A bipartisan group of legislators, including ...


Another Republican planning to run for House District 55 seat

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction Republicans could get another option as their state representative for House District 55. That’s the seat being vacated by Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, because he’s running for the seat being vacated by Sen. ...


King offers firefighting-fleet bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to begin the creation of the state’s own air firefighting fleet was introduced into the Colorado Senate on Friday. The measure, introduced by Sen. Steve King, allows for the purchase, lease or contract of up to ...


Legislative panels in dispute over spending plans

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Lawmakers on a Colorado General Assembly panel that prioritizes construction projects in the state clashed Thursday with legislators who draft the state’s annual spending plan. The six-member Capital Development ...


Initial vote gives schools $300 million boost

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Now that the latest revenue forecast is in and money to the state hasn’t decreased, lawmakers are going ahead with a plan to restore funding to K-12 education. On a nearly unanimous vote, the House Education Committee ...


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Baumgardner: Not leaving race for Udall’s Senate seat

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — GOP candidates for U.S. Senate may come and go, but there’s one who’s reminding his supporters that he’s still in it. State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, a Hot Sulphur Springs Republican whose district includes ...


Report: Colorado 
economy robust
 and still growing

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado’s economic recovery is proving to be a stable one, leaving the state flush with cash it hasn’t seen in years, state economists told legislators Tuesday. Although the economy in some parts of the state are ...


Democrat drops bid to unseat Tipton

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Only six weeks after she got into the race, Pueblo County Commissioner Liane “Buffie” McFadyen dropped out Monday as a Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton for the 3rd Congressional District. That leaves ...


Bill would broaden comeback of ferret for prairie dog control

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — As a way of controlling prairie dog populations, at least one private landowner got a law passed last year to allow him to reintroduce the black-footed ferret. Under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on ...


Renewed casinos effort tied to schools

By Charles Ashby

Casino-style gambling could come to Mesa County whether residents here want it or not. That could happen if Colorado voters approve one of four proposed ballot questions that either would allow gambling like the state already has in the three ...


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