Legislative News

After midterm autopsy, Colorado and national Democrats scramble to realign message

The Colorado Statesman

When Sen. Cory Gardner unseated Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in the 2014 midterm elections, he was the first challenger to boot a sitting Colorado U.S. senator out of office since 1978. The highly competitive race topped priority lists on both sides of the aisle. But on election night, only the Republican camp celebrated. Not only did Gardner pull off the upset. A majority of races south of the Gardner/Udall contest on the ballot also went into the conservative column.

After dominating Colorado politics for most of the 2000s, Democrats had to ask themselves: How did we get here?

Construction defects heads to Lone Tree

The Colorado Statesman

As local governments wait for the General Assembly to begin its work on Senate Bill 15-177, the construction defects bill, others continue to make decisions about their own ordinances, in hopes of attracting more affordable multi-family construction.

Tuesday night, the Lone Tree City Council, located in the south metro area, unanimously passed an ordinance partly based on one passed late last year by the Lakewood City Council. The vote came after about two hours of testimony from representatives of the Community Associations Institute and several Lone Tree realtors.

Mayor, lawmakers react to immigration injunction

The Colorado Statesman

On the morning after a federal judge in Texas stalled President Barack Obama’s executive orders to defer deportation of some undocumented immigrants, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and representatives of groups that support the policy change gathered in Denver to urge immigrants to stay calm and carry on.

National Org Sues Colorado over Marijuana Industry

The Colorado Statesman

Two lawsuits filed in federal court Thursday seek to force Colorado to end the legalization of marijuana.

The Safe Streets Alliance, along with a Frisco hotel and two Lakewood residents are suing the state, the local jurisdictions that zoned marijuana operations, and several marijuana distributors.

Lawmakers discuss community, law enforcement solutions

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of the controversial shooting death of a Denver teenager by police and howls of outrage over protesters defacing a monument to fallen police officers, state Rep. Angela Williams brought together Democratic lawmakers, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, students and others from the northeast Denver community to talk about easing tensions and rebuilding trust.

Republicans leverage JBC, Senate stances for policy maneuvering

The Colorado Statesman

Senate Republicans flexed their muscles this week in a big way, shooting down a supplemental bill for the Department of Public Safety that seeks to provide more funding for background checks.

GOP state chair endorsements role in

The Colorado Statesman

Endorsements are piling up in the race for state chair of the Colorado Republican Party, which will be decided at a meeting of the GOP’s state central committee on March 14 in Castle Rock. Chairman Ryan Call is seeking a third two-year term leading the party, while former Adams County Republican chair and former gubernatorial candidate Steve House is challenging him.

HUDSON: HONOR THE WARRIOR, NOT THE WAR

Denver protestors express misplaced blame of police

For those too young to remember the treatment of Vietnam veterans as they returned to civilian life, a reminder is in order. There is a reason why so many veterans subscribe to the admonition that, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” whatever their opinion of the wisdom of our current conflicts. I left the U.S. Navy in July of 1970. That fall I attended a party where a schoolteacher discovered I had recently returned from a tour keeping Southeast Asia safe for democracy. She assaulted me with disparaging accusations regarding my decision to serve.

Legislative rural caucus kicks off 2015 with first meeting

The Colorado Statesman

The General Assembly’s rural caucus began its 2015 activities Wednesday, hosting a meeting with the Colorado Ag Council to find out how they can help the ag community in the coming months.

Concurrent committee hearings kept some rural members from taking part in the Feb. 18 lunch meeting, although a dozen legislators were able to attend, some for the entire meeting and some for just a few minutes. One-third of the legislators are new members this year.

HUDSON: NOVELIST KENT HARUF WAS RURAL COLORADO’S POET LAUREATE

Flyover countryside offers lives of significance & dignity

Born in Pueblo in 1943, Kent Haruf has emerged as the premier chronicler of life on our eastern plains through the vehicle of his fictional creation: Holt, Colorado. Based on his years as a schoolteacher in Yuma, also Senator Cory Gardner’s hometown, Haruf published three novels that earned him critical acclaim as the Plainsong Trilogy. Joining them later this year will be Our Souls at Night which will make for a quartet of paeans to the satisfactions of small town relationships, caring and mutual respect.