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The Colorado General Assembly begins its 2017 session next week. Here’s what you can...

Quick — name the biggest accomplishment of the 2016 General Assembly. And no fair counting the budget — it’s the only thing lawmakers legally...

#Coleg Notebook: Pay equity commission killed; cyber harassment bill dodges religious freedom amendment

Senate Republicans still hate the pay equity commission After much debate and even a little bipartisan support in the House, a bill to continue the...

#Coleg Notebook: Opting out; test reform; pot turns TABOR into news

Opting out  Senators again debated parental rights this morning. This version was less partisan but just as heated as the debate ignited by the conservative Parent's...

#Coleg Notebook: The cycle of poverty meets the cycle of smoothie

The Cycle of Poverty The Colorado House debated a series of poverty-related bills on Monday. First, lawmakers passed a ban on using Electronic Benefit Cards...

#Coleg Notebook: Dr. Chaps gets results; hello budget

Dr. Chaps gets results  Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has been all over the headlines (and the subject of Mike Littwin's most recent column), for saying that the feticide...

#Coleg Notebook: Funding the felony DUI, and voting on pot taxes (again)

Funding the felony DUI  With only $5 million in new spending available to each legislative chamber because of this year's expected TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of...

#Coleg Notebook: Massaging the budget, smoking what’s left

The budget looms Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, has a bill, stuck in the appropriations committee, designed to fund a statewide, high-tech fire-and-flood-prediction system. It will...

#Coleg Notebook: Debating guns, schools and race

Private education tax credit launches a flurry of education amendments For years, Senate Republicans have been trying to pass a tax credit for private K-12...

Newsmaker Q&A: Rep. Dan Thurlow, voting his conscience and taking the heat

Freshman lawmaker Rep. Dan Thurlow, a Republican from Grand Junction, has been making a lot of headlines lately for voting with Democrats. He ran...

#Coleg Notebook: Maximum fight for minimum wage

Minimum wage comes to the Capitol   Advocates for raising the minimum wage to at least $12.50 an hour rallied on the Capitol steps today in...