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Coffman Won’t Run Against Bennet

mike coffman 200Republican Representative Mike Coffman is not going to challenge incumbent Senator Michael Bennet in next year’s election. Coffman said in a statement yesterday that he will instead run for re-election in his congressional seat in Denver’s southeastern suburbs. National Republicans had pressured Coffman to run, thinking he was Continue reading

Wilderness Designations Get New Life

WILDERNESSConservation groups hope their latest attempt to designate 90-square-miles in the heart of Colorado ski country as wilderness will have better luck now that Representative Jared Polis has a seat on the House Natural Resources Committee. The Colorado Continue reading

Senate Committee Limits Secret Science by EPA

EPA-300A Senate committee voted yesterday to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using ‘secret science’ to back its regulations. The vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee came after the GOP-controlled House repeatedly approved the bill. It previous was stalled in the Democratic-majority Senate. Continue reading

House to Debate Budget Bill

co-state-capitol-300The Colorado House begins debate on the state’s $25 billion budget for next year. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the spending plan last week, with nearly every Democrat voting no after GOP lawmakers rejected most of their Continue reading

Gay Conversion Therapy Bill Taken up in Senate

co-state-capitol-300A Democrat-sponsored proposal to forbid therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person under 18 faces its first vote – and toughest test – in the Republican-controlled Senate. With the bill, Continue reading

Senate Advances Bill to Repeal Magazine Limits

AR GUNColorado Senate Republicans advanced legislation to repeal a Democrat-sponsored law that limits the size of ammunition magazines in response to mass shootings. The 2013 law that bans the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds passed when Democrats controlled both statehouse chambers. Continue reading

House Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

co-state-capitol-300A measure to forbid Colorado mental health professionals from practicing gay conversation therapy with minors has cleared the state House. The proposal passed on a 35-29 vote with one Republican, Representative Daniel Thurlow of Continue reading

Senators Introduce Federal Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

MARIJUANA-300Three senators are introducing a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in states where it is already legal. The measure is being unveiled on Capitol Hill today by Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey. It will aim to Continue reading

Boundaries of Gay Rights to be Debated at State Level

co-state-capitol-300There’s a growing conflict between religious groups and gay rights advocates over penalties in discrimination cases. The issue plays out today in Colorado, with Republicans proposing measures aimed at protecting individuals and religious Continue reading

State Won’t Address Same-Sex Unions until Court Ruling

civil-union-3001Colorado won’t address some legal questions about same-sex unions until there’s a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage. A Republican-controlled Senate committee voted 3-2 yesterday to reject a bill clarifying aspects of Continue reading

Hickenlooper Takes Oath of Office

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democrat John Hickenlooper has taken the oath of office for a second term as Colorado governor. Hickenlooper fended off a challenge from Republican Bob Beauprez in November. Hickenlooper touted the state’s economic accomplishments and looked back at the tragedies Colorado has endured – from massive Continue reading

Gardner Defeats Udall

gardnerRepublican Cory Gardner has defeated first-term Democrat Mark Udall in a heated U.S. Senate race. The contest was considered a key battleground as Republicans took control of the Senate. Udall is the first Colorado Senate incumbent to be voted out of office since 1978. Udall was counting on women voters to fend off a strong challenge from Gardner. Continue reading