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P-Tech high school bill aims to address industry need for middle-skilled jobs

The Colorado Statesman

Two Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday presented a bill in the House Education Committee that would lay the groundwork for an enhanced high school degree program serving as a pipeline from the classroom to mid-level jobs.

Lawmakers cut deal cut on illegal immigrant drivers license funding

The Colorado Statesman

The Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday reached a compromise on a 2014-15 spending bill that would allow the state Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to clear off a backlog of requests for driver’s licenses from people in the country illegally.
The supplemental bill has been on the legislative docket for more than six weeks, an unusually long time for a bill that seeks to finish out the spending year for a state agency.

But Senate Bill 15-161 was controversial even before it was introduced.

Letter to Editor: March 20, 2015

Dear Editor,

Senator Bennet must not have researched the science and the experts behind the science rejecting the KXL pipeline.

The following scratches the surface:

Murder and rethinking juvenile sentencing: An interview with Rep. Dan Kagan

Special to The Colorado Statesman

State Representative Daniel Kagan, D-Cherry Hills Village, has introduced a bill to set a new range of sentences for juveniles convicted of first degree murder. Under current Colorado law, juveniles convicted of first degree murder face a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. In an interview with Catherine Strode, Representative Kagan says he believes Colorado’s juveniles should be sentenced based not only on their crime but on their individual characteristics and involvement in the crime they committed.

Throwback Thursday: 'News from Yesteryear'

Looking back at the party politics of the distant and not so distant past
The Colorado Statesman

Ten years ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … On the heels of their best performance at the polls in decades, Colorado Democrats decided to deny state chair Chris Gates another term, voting instead for “relative newcomer” Pat Waak by a margin of just three votes. Just months earlier, Democrats had taken control of both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in memory and the Salazar Brothers had taken a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional seat from Republican hands.

VA Hospital over-budget AND and an email scandal? This week's editorial cartoon

The Colorado Statesman

This week's cartoon is a humorous take on a combination of two big-ticket news items from this week - one local and one national: The new VA hospital being constructed in Aurora being massively over budget and the Hillary Clinton email "scandal". But what if the two issues are actually part of one much more grand conspiracy? ...

Pinnacol celebrates workers comp centennial: A history

The Colorado Statesman

Before last week’s celebration of Colorado’s worker compensation 100 year anniversary, it is doubtful that one in four legislators could have guessed the age of the program. It seems more likely that three out of four would have guessed it was some kind of New Deal legislation from the 1930s or ‘40s. In fact, it was a product of the Progressive movement, first established by Maryland in 1902. President Theodore Roosevelt created a federal version with the consent of Congress in 1906.

CHATTER: Gardner-Klingenschmitt kerfuffle brewing? But where's Waller?

The Colorado Statesman

The jockeying and posturing is in full force for the chance to run for the Colorado Springs Senate seat, SD 12, being left open by term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman.

Garnett outsources, Hill wins lawmakers' yoga feud

The Colorado Statesman

Can you say “Namaste?” The House Education Committee on Wednesday gave its approval to SB 186, which would remove yoga teacher training from the oversight of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. While the bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, told The Colorado Statesman he is not into yoga, his wife is, and she can also do the “crow” position demonstrated by Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, when the bill was in the Senate Education Committee earlier this month.

Colo. Ag Day big hit under Gold Dome, promoting industry and philanthropy

The Colorado Statesman

Perhaps the most popular Capitol event of the session, Colorado Ag Day, did not disappoint hundreds of hungry legislators, staffers and Capitol visitors on Wednesday.

The fourth annual Farm to Fork competition, which highlights Colorado agricultural products, took place on Wednesday, and is sponsored by the Colorado Chefs Association. This year’s competition showed off dishes made with Colorado bison, lamb, bass, beef, eggs, potatoes and desserts, and fed long lines of those eager to sample Colorado cuisine at its best.