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Bradford moves on — but worries another shoe will fall

The Colorado Statesman

Embattled Republican state Rep. Laura Bradford wants to know what’s next.

In an exclusive interview with The Colorado Statesman this week, a shaken Bradford poured her frustrations over a string of controversies and personal turmoil over the last month that has left her fighting for her career and family.

Polis announces for reelection in newly configured CD 2

The Colorado Statesman

Nestled in between a medical marijuana dispensary and an eco-friendly furniture store on trendy Pearl St. in Boulder, about 50 supporters gathered at Congressman Jared Polis’ campaign headquarters Monday night as the two-term Democratic congressman launched his reelection campaign.

It was the second such event in two days, the first having taken place the night before at the Odell Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, a new part of the 2nd Congressional District.

Credit report bill discussion erupts into partisan name calling

The Colorado Statesman

A simple piece of legislation aimed at ending the use of credit reports by employers who make hiring decisions turned into one of the most personal and partisan attacks yet this year on the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, riled Republicans into the attacks on Tuesday during debate of Senate Bill 3, which ultimately passed the Democratic-controlled Senate on final reading with a party-line vote of 20-15. The vote brought to an end two straight days of debate.

Legislator spikes his own bill

Cites pressure from PERA
The Colorado Statesman

Republican Rep. Chris Holbert of Parker shocked observers on Thursday when he asked the House Finance Committee to kill his own bill. Critics said it would have reduced employer contributions to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association health care fund in such a way that health care subsidies provided to retirees would have been eliminated.

Holbert had come under fire from more than 1,200 PERA members over House Bill 1250 and he told the Committee that he could not move forward with the legislation.

Counties lose in attempt to regulate oil and gas practices

The Colorado Statesman

A series of bills aimed at balancing local versus state control of oil and gas regulations in Colorado were quickly drilled to their demise by the Legislature this month, along with legislation seeking to tighten controls over hydraulic fracturing practices by the industry.

The most recent attempt at defining whether local governments should be given the authority to regulate oil and gas practices was killed Monday on a Republican party-line vote of 6-4 by the House Local Government Committee. Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, was absent from the vote.

Legislative Briefs

KEEPING HOAS TRANSPARENT

Legislation aimed at making homeowners associations more transparent unanimously passed the House Local Government Committee last Monday on a 9-0 vote.

House Bill 1237, sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, would clarify language in current statutes pertaining to homeowners associations by defining what records are public to homeowners and requiring HOAs to provide those records when a homeowner requests.

DU initiates countdown to presidential debate on campus

The Colorado Statesman

Classes weren’t canceled for President’s Day, but University of Denver students still had reason to celebrate on Monday.

Students packed into the Sidelines Pub at the Driscoll Student Center as the University prepared to showcase the new “Debate 2012” website, logo, and countdown clock in anticipation of the upcoming presidential debate set to take place at Magness Arena on the DU campus.

Colorado legislative races: 12 to watch in 2012

The Colorado Statesman

It’s just four months until Colorado voters cast ballots in the June primary, and already the battle for control of the General Assembly is taking shape.

Santorum won straw poll, but does it mean much?

Bragging rights don’t necessarily translate to delegates
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans made headlines last week when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the state’s presidential preference poll at the Feb. 7 caucuses — he also won contests in Minnesota and Missouri that day – but when it comes to picking this year’s GOP nominee, did he win anything beyond bragging rights?

It’s too soon to tell, say state Republican Party officials. It all depends on how thousands of delegates elected at precinct caucuses last week eventually vote at a series of assemblies that begin next week and don’t conclude for nearly two months.

Civil unions bill passes committee

The Colorado Statesman

A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill to establish civil unions over opponents’ objections that the measure amounts to an end-run around a constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage in Colorado.