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House ‘Coup’ Fails

The Colorado Statesman

House Republicans attempted to challenge the authority of Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, on Wednesday morning. It was a procedural move that long-time Capitol observers said they’d never seen before.

The move came during the reading of the previous day’s House Journal. The Tuesday journal contained the report of the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee from its Monday marathon hearing.

Hullinghorst threatens remodel of defects bill

House could dump SB 177, offer substitute measure
The Colorado Statesman

With the major construction defects reform legislation now in the House, the heat is on the speaker of the House to put the bill into something other than the “kill committee.” And that pressure is mounting from both sides of the aisle.

But the House may turn the whole discussion on its head, by introducing its own bills on affordable housing and construction defects, possibly as soon as next week.


Ginal: Loophole endangers youth, national security

By Rep. Joann Ginal

Recently in Colorado, an underage girl from another state was brought by her legal guardian to a county office to marry a Syrian National living in Saudi Arabia.  The groom wasn’t present and they are now legally married.  Neither had any ties to the county where they acquired the marriage license or to Colorado.

In 2013 a man residing in Luxembourg obtained a proxy marriage to marry a woman residing in France. A third party, a Colorado resident, through an executed power of attorney acted as proxy for the woman at the marriage ceremony.


Rankin: Budget process this year a success

By Rep. Bob Rankin

Last week the House of Representatives debated and ultimately passed Senate Bill 234, the annual budget bill, also known as the Long Bill. As one of six members on the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the Long Bill process and Colorado’s fiscal year 2015-16 budget.

Steadman: Bill will provide marijuana, TABOR fix

The Colorado Statesman

State Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, readily admits that he is not a fan of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR), a constitutional amendment restricting the spending of state tax revenues. In these last few weeks of the session’s duration, he will be introducing a bill in the Senate to allow the state to retain the revenues from marijuana tax income.

In an interview with Catherine Strode, Sen. Steadman says his bill will ask Coloradans to forego their TABOR tax refunds in order to put the Marijuana Tax income to good use across the state.

Sen. Lindsey Graham charts presidential path

The Colorado Statesman

While his positions on immigration and climate change might land Lindsey Graham outside the mainstream among Republican presidential hopefuls, the South Carolina senator says he’s got solid majorities of GOP primary voters in his corner. Add to that his years crafting a distinctly hawkish foreign policy — a favored position in early primary states — and Graham has no problem envisioning a good run in what is already a burgeoning field of candidates.


Center for Western Priorities taps Rokala as executive director

Jennifer Rokala, the former state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, was named executive director of The Center for Western Priorities this week, the organization announced.

The nonpartisan conservation group works to protect land, water and communities in the American West with a focus on what it describes as a balanced approach to energy development and strengthening local economies in the region.

Aurora city manager gets reprieve as critics agree to drop issue, wait for Nov. election

The Colorado Statesman

George “Skip” Noe’s job is safe for now, but the Aurora city manager may want to think twice before ordering any 2016 season tickets.

Aurora city council members pushing for his resignation agreed to drop the issue — at least temporarily — after nobody budged during Monday’s executive session. Despite a series of closed meetings on complaints about his job performance from five council members, Noe continues to come out on the winning side of a 6-5 split.

Bruce returns to court, blames politics

The Colorado Statesman

Doug Bruce was back in Denver District Court last week, proving once more that he remains the one Coloradan most likely to precipitate a fistfight at a Quaker meeting house. Whether you believe the California transplant received the language for his TABOR amendment on engraved tablets delivered by a host of conservative archangels or that it was drafted during a fevered dream fueled on psychedelic fumes, Bruce remains one of the more interesting political personas in our state. He may be an angry man, but he is not a stupid one.

Vote delayed on Homeless Bill of Rights

The Colorado Statesman

A House panel on April 15 was transformed into the “There but for the grace of God go I Committee” as several current or former homeless persons — including a former lawmaker — testified on behalf of a bill that would provide the homeless with more public rights.

House Bill 1264, which has been dubbed the Homeless Bill of Rights, or the Right to Rest Act, would allow the homeless to eat, sleep and panhandle in public without being told to leave.

The bill would provide civil remedies for the homeless when their rights are violated.