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Hickenlooper recaps legislature's first half

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the slow start to the 2015 legislative session Wednesday, calling it “probably a good thing” that fewer laws will make it to his desk this year. The General Assembly crossed the midpoint of its 2015 session last Saturday, and as of press time the Governor had signed only twenty four bills into law, including twenty-one on Wednesday. It's been the fewest bills to reach his desk by mid-session since he took office in 2011.

Microbeads under Senate microscope

Ban passes final legislative test
The Colorado Statesman

A bill banning the manufacture and sale of personal care products with synthetic plastic microbeads achieved final Senate approval on Wednesday, but not without a science lesson from one of the bill’s opponents.

House Bill 15-1144 sailed through its Senate committee hearing and final passage without amendment but not without challenge.

Rep. Klingenschmitt distributes controversial letter to colleagues

The Colorado Statesman

A two page, single spaced letter from one legislator became the talk of the Capitol this week.

On Tuesday, the House voted 35 to 29, with Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction, siding with the Democratic caucus, to pass House Bill 15-1175. The bill would have prohibited state-licensed therapists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from providing gay conversion therapy for minors under the age of 18.

CHATTER: Thurlow votes excite recall talk

Voting with Democrats riling some local Republicans

Our sources tell us rookie GOP Rep. Dan Thurlow’s recent votes have already incited talk of a recall among the hard-cores, a full three months before the move can start up. Seems the Mesa County lawmaker has been throwing in with — gasp!

Palacio wins

The Colorado Statesman

Rick Palacio won reelection to a third term as chair of the Colorado Democratic Party on Saturday at the biennial meeting of the party’s state central committee in downtown Denver, fending off challenges from campaign consultant David Sabados and former congressional candidate Vic Meyers.

Palacio won on the first ballot with 53 percent of the vote. Out of 468 votes cast, the incumbent received 248, Sabados got 182 and Meyers had 38.

Dems rally with Franken at 2015 Jefferson Jackson Dinner

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats celebrated last year’s wins and lamented losses while urging party members to keep it together ahead of next year’s election at the state party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Day fundraising dinner on Saturday in Denver.

The ballroom at the Marriott Denver Downtown had only cleared out hours earlier after a bruising election for state party leadership, when state chair Rick Palacio won election to a third, two-year term over challengers David Sabados and Vic Meyers.

Hullinghorst: construction defects bill ‘non-starter’

The Colorado Statesman

This week marks the halfway point of the 120-day legislative session, and House and Senate leadership called upon the press to show off their accomplishments and talk agendas for the next 60 days.

Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, kicked off two days worth of meetings with reporters on Wednesday morning, discussing the budget and bills that will set up the last half of the 2015 session.

Dems’ ‘Groupthink’ politics case study

Contributing Columnist

No matter how cynical you get, it’s never enough to keep up,” the comic Lily Tomlin once observed about politics.

I had originally intended to open this column with a quip something like the following: “Colorado Democrats pulled a stunt at their reorganization meeting over the weekend in a manner that would make Vladimir Putin blush.” That comparison, however, became inappropriate following the brutal assassination of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov.

Colo. reacts to Netanyahu speech

The Colorado Statesman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his address to both chambers of the U.S. Congress last week to denounce the kind of concessions the Obama administration is seeking from Iran regarding its nuclear program as a “bad deal.” Before Netanyahu even uttered one word of his speech, his visit had already caused ample controversy. So much controversy, in fact, that many seats reserved for Democrats remained empty during the joint session on Tuesday.

House blinks on public safety supplemental fight

The Colorado Statesman

The House blinked on Wednesday and decided to save their fight over background check funds for the Department of Public Safety for another day, and another budget.

Senate Bill 15-159 got unanimous support Wednesday from the House and is now on its way to the governor’s desk.