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Native cactus next state symbol?

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Move over Rocky Mountain columbine, Colorado blue spruce and yule marble. There may be a new state symbol coming to town. The kingcup cactus. Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, introduced a bill into the 2014 legislative ...


GOP names Wright panel’s ranking member

By Charles Ashby

DENVER ­­— In a move perhaps more about image than actual practical impact, House GOP leaders have named Rep. Jared Wright the ranking Republican on the House Local Government Committee. The Fruita Republican, who’s ...


Governor vows to prevent fracking ban

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper will do everything he can to prevent any kind of ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state, the Democrat told several Grand Valley residents Friday. The former oil and gas geologist, who is touring several Western Slope ...

John Hickenlooper

Guv: State prevailed in year of scourges

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite last year’s flood, fires and school shootings, the state of the state is just fine, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday. But things could be better, the governor said in his fourth State of the State address to a ...


Partisan calls for bipartisan progress at Capitol

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Republicans wasted no time telling Democrats why they lost seats in the Colorado Senate and how they can avoid losing more ground with voters during this year’s legislative session, which began on Wednesday. Work with ...

Legislative session shaping up to be another partisan slugfest

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The 2014 session of the Colorado Legislature that starts today is already shaping up to be a battle of wills. While the Republicans are intent on reversing many of the controversial bills approved by Democrats during last ...

Wright targets federal tax penalty in health care law

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Jared Wright will join forces with another freshman Republican lawmaker this month and introduce a bill designed to help Coloradans who can’t get Obamacare. The Fruita Republican, along with Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, ...


Failed marriage a minus as legislator reflects on Capitol years

By Charles Ashby

The last seven years serving in the Colorado Legislature have taken their toll on Sen. Steve King. The Grand Junction Republican, who isn’t running for re-election next year, reflected on that in a recent interview as he prepares to ...


House candidate says GOP opposing him, will switch his affiliation

By Charles Ashby

Believing that he won’t get a fair shake in the GOP caucus process in next year’s primary race for House District 54, Palisade businessman J.J. Fletcher plans to switch his party affiliation today. As a result, Fletcher will run ...

Rep. Tipton favors budget

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted to approve a two-year budget plan, saying that the deal “puts a stop to budgeting from crisis to crisis, preventing future government shutdowns that create economic uncertainty.” Tipton, ...

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