Peter Marcus

GOP congressional reps ‘energized’ over legislation

But detractors say ‘drill, baby, drill’ is nothing more than a cheap gimmick
The Colorado Statesman

Three Republican members of the Colorado congressional delegation have proposed three bills to streamline and enhance domestic energy production. But critics of the so-called “Three Stooges” of energy bills say the proposed legislation moves away from long-term solutions in the name of a quick political opportunity to attack President Barack Obama’s administration and Democratic proposals in a tightly contested election year.

Bill to increase oversight of public trustees passes committee

Compromise retains appointments by Guv
The Colorado Statesman

A bill aimed at increased oversight over public trustees in Colorado was dramatically altered on Monday to retain the state’s governor-appointed public trustees, but would still require more local and state oversight over how they conduct operations.

Senate approves budget with overwhelmingly bipartisan support

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper likes to brag about Colorado’s bipartisan approach to politics, often saying, “Unlike Washington, D.C., we have shown the rest of the country that Colorado is a place where things get done.”

A lot to celebrate on Earth Day

Governmental actions lead the way
The Colorado Statesman

Environmental and conservation groups in Colorado have much to cheer about as Earth Day approaches on April 22, celebrating an appreciation of the earth’s natural environment and resources that has played out at the Legislature and across state and local governments.

A good education leads to a good job

Will Colorado make the grade?
The Colorado Statesman

A who’s who of education leaders spanning the political, advocacy and business worlds in Colorado lined up on Monday for a discussion of education and how it relates to jobs and the economy.

House comes together to support state budget

Only one vote against $19 billion plan
The Colorado Statesman

In a remarkable display of bipartisanship following a legislative session filled with bickering over how to fund the state budget, the House on Thursday backed a $7.5 billion general fund spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year by a vote of 64-1.

Controversial ASSET bill passes Senate

No debate on third reading
The Colorado Statesman

In one of the most unusual decisions by the Legislature this session, senators from both sides of the aisle on Monday declined to move for final Senate floor debate on a measure seeking to create a reduced tuition rate for undocumented immigrants, despite the bill being one of the most controversial and talked about bills of the year.

SoS Gessler miffed at ‘game-playing’ by Dems

The Colorado Statesman

A crucial bill to conservative Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s elections reform agenda has been “hijacked” by Democrats, according to Republican critics, all in the name of voters who become inactive simply because they did not vote in the previous even-year general election. Democrats say those voters should be given the opportunity to return a mail ballot, and so they have amended a bill originally pushed by Gessler in a game of “political chess” that has Republicans seeing red.

Democratic lawmakers face musical chairs

Veteran legislators are on their way out
The Colorado Statesman

Democrats will be facing a game of musical chairs next year at the Capitol. Four Democratic lawmakers in the House are up against term limits, and another four are term-limited in the Senate. Others will be leaving the House to pursue runs for the Senate, while some were either squeezed out by reapportionment, or are simply throwing in the towel.

Republican lawmakers face musical chairs

Veteran legislators are on their way out
The Colorado Statesman

The Grand Old Party in Colorado is becoming the Grand “New” Party with an expected changing of the guard next year in both the House and Senate. Term limits and reapportionment have affected Republicans in far-reaching ways.