Legislative News

Sen. Udall faces tight reelection race, poll says

...but Hick maintains comfortable lead over GOP challengers so far
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is locked in a tight race for a second term, running just barely ahead of several potential Republican challengers, according to a poll released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Voters approved of Udall 45 percent to 42 percent but were evenly split on whether he deserves reelection, with 42 percent picking each side of the question.

Renewable energy has helped rural counties

Surprise, surprise?
The Colorado Statesman

Lawmakers on Wednesday heard from renewable energy industry leaders and county commissioners on how energy portfolio mandates are helping to increase business and create jobs, as well as boost tax revenues in rural Colorado.

The hearing before a joint meeting of the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources committees came as Democrats have killed several Republican measures this year to scale back or repeal a rural renewable energy standard backed by Democrats last year.

Republicans misfire on repeal of gun bills

The Colorado Statesman

Republicans might as well have been firing blanks at Democrats this week as the first major gun control debate of the year unfolded without hitting the target.

The centerpiece hearing involved a bill that sought to repeal last year’s law that mandated universal background checks in the state. The bill died Monday on a 3-2 party-line vote in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee.

The law passed by Democrats last year aims to close a loophole that allowed private sales and transfers without a background review.

GOP candidates to petition on to ballot

...in addition to also going through the caucus system
The Colorado Statesman

Two Republicans have opted to petition onto their respective primary ballots this year, enlisting the support of those who were behind the recent recall efforts of three Democratic state senators in order to collect the necessary signatures for their own campaigns.

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Lakewood will try to petition onto the gubernatorial ballot to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper, and state Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs will seek signatures to petition onto the U.S. Senate ballot to challenge Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.

Gun owners lobby to form Super Pac

Jeffco candidates could be targeted
The Colorado Statesman

As the 2014 election season has begun to take root in Colorado, gun rights activists are targeting Jefferson County, where four Senate seats are vulnerable and could shift the power structure of the state legislature.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the most powerful gun lobby in the state and a well-oiled political machine, is considering an office for Lakewood — in the heart of Jeffco. Group leaders are still working on finding an exact location.

GOP challenger Ytterberg announces CD 7 candidacy

The Colorado Statesman

Golden businessman and former top Republican official Don Ytterberg announced this week his intentions to challenge four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter to represent the 7th Congressional District in the November election.

“I am a Coloradan and an American who is just fed up with the way our government is going, and we really need to take our country back,” said Ytterberg on Wednesday, before a crowd of some 80 supporters on the bustling floor of the Arvada metal-plating plant he co-owns.

GOP candidates for CD 2

Two Republicans officially launched campaigns this month against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Loveland activist Larry Sarner and former Boulder County GOP chairman George Leing, of Niwot, both are seeking the nomination to run against Polis, who is serving his third term.

$100 million under SB 1 will aid education

…but it’s only a beginning
The Colorado Statesman

Colorado isn’t likely to climb much out of the cellar in nationwide rankings of per-student funding for higher education anytime soon, but a $100 million investment from the General Assembly should be a good start.

Election bill at forefront of Legislature — again

The Colardo Statesman

Lawmakers this week debated a bill that aims to fix problems revealed by a Democratic-backed election law passed last year. But critics say the measure does not go far enough, and that the only solution is to repeal last year’s House Bill 1303.

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Commit-tee on Monday backed House Bill 1164 on a 7-3 Democratic party-line vote. The bill then passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 37-25, with Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, joining Democrats in supporting the measure.

Hudak blames sexism for political fall

Former state senator says she was subjected to horrible treatment that male colleague didn’t have to endure
The Colorado Statesman

On Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that held unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion to be unconstitutional — effectively legalizing abortion everywhere in the United States — former state Sen. Evie Hudak acknowledged the many strides that have been made over the years for women’s rights.