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Lawmakers Spar Over Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

Illegal-Immigration-300Lawmakers got into a heated debate yesterday over a program that provides driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Republicans introduced legislation to reject money for the program, a move Democrats were unhappy with. The bill would block the Hickenlooper administration from spending $166,000 in fees generated from Continue reading

Hickenlooper Delivers State of the State Address

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper told lawmakers Colorado faces fiscal challenges in the coming years, but he stopped short of directing them to go to voters to allow the state to keep budget surpluses that must be refunded. Hickenlooper celebrated Colorado’s growing economy during his annual State of the State Continue reading

EPA Delays Finalizing Climate Control Rules

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency is delaying climate regulations for power plants to “better consider input on them and better align the major pieces of the regulations.” The agency is now planning to finalize rules for newly built plants, existing plants, and modified plants all at once. That should come this summer. The EPA Continue reading

Several Bills Introduced on Opening Day of State Legislative Session

Co-State-Capital-300After legislative leaders outlined their broad priorities in opening remarks yesterday, legislators introduced the first batch of bills for the 2015 Colorado legislative session. The proposals give more specifics about what Continue reading

Lawmakers to Address Possible Refunds to Taxpayers

Co-State-Capital-300Colorado lawmakers will address budgetary surpluses that require refunds to taxpayers during the legislative session that begins this week. It’ll be a busy four months for lawmakers who will also tackle government control over Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote to Condemn President’s Actions on Immigration

immigration reformColorado’s next Senator wants to repeal President Obama’s recent executive action to allow more than 4 million people in the country illegally to remain here. Republican Continue reading

Birth Control to be Debated at State Level

republican and  democrat 300Colorado Democrats who credit a drop in teen pregnancy to expanding access to long-acting birth control, such as IUDs, will have to convince Republicans next year to use state funds for the contraceptives. Governor John Hickenlooper and his chief medical officer have praised a Continue reading

X-CEL Rate Increase Blamed on HB-1365

Xcel_EnergyX-CEL Energy customers are about to start feeling the effects of House Bill 1365, the so-called “Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.” Power producers, elected officials, coal miners and others warned state Democrats last year, that the bill would increase energy rates for Continue reading

Democrats Regain Seats Lost in Recalls

Ballot-300Colorado Democrats have won back two seats they lost in last year’s gun control recalls. Republican Senator George Rivera, a former deputy police chief, lost to state Representative Leroy Garcia in Pueblo. In Colorado Springs, former state Representative Michael Merrifield, a gun control advocate, beat Bernie Herpin, a Continue reading

Jill Biden Stumps for Udall

jill bidenJill Biden was in Colorado to try to fire up Democrats over the weekend. The wife of the vice president joined embattled Senator Mark Udall on a four-stop bus tour from Boulder to Greeley Saturday. Udall is counting on women voters to fend off a strong challenge from Republican Representative Cory Gardner. He has Continue reading

Republicans Lead in Early Voting

Ballot-300Republicans have taking a big lead in early voting in Colorado, and the lead has only gotten bigger. A report from the Secretary of State this morning showed that over 112,000 more Republicans than Democrats had cast their ballots as the state conducts its first major mail-in election. Voters can also drop off ballots at polling stations and Continue reading

Democrats Closing Gap on Returning Ballots

Ballot-300Democrats are cutting into the GOP’s edge in Colorado midterm election ballot returns. But Republicans remain about 85,000 ballots ahead of Democrats with less than a week to go. The Colorado Secretary of State announced that as of Wednesday morning, election officials had received 905,500 ballots. Of those, 379,250 Continue reading