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In tight state House race, Benge slams Kagan for being a...

  The Republican newcomer seeking to represent Colorado’s House District 3 is running largely on one qualification – womanhood. A persistent, gender-loaded message underscores Candice Benge’s...

More vacancy committees slated for off-session legislative hopefuls

Michael Johnston's win in the SD 33 vacancy committee election Monday night is just one of a handful of district party gatherings expected within the next few weeks to choose successors for state lawmakers departing for greener pastures.

Speaker Carroll notifies Facebook friends he won’t seek Groff’s seat

Laying to rest speculation he might ditch control of the Colorado House of Representatives to make a bid for a state Senate vacancy, House Speaker Terrance Carroll spelled out his intentions this weekend on his Facebook page:
Terrance Carroll says lots of folks have been asking if I will seek Peter Groff's soon to be vacant state senate seat. The answer is no. I like being Speaker of the House.

LIVEBLOG: HD 3 vacancy committee meets to elect successor to McGihon

UPDATE: Daniel Kagan will replace retiring state Rep. Anne McGihon representing House District 3, a vacancy committee decided Thursday night. As Denver came to a near-standstill because of a freak spring blizzard, state House District 3 vacancy committee chair Paula Van Dusen said Thursday, “We’re going to make every attempt, come hell or high water” to hold the meeting to choose a successor to retiring state Rep. Anne McGihon. If the state House hopefuls, now nine strong, and a quorum among the 100-member vacancy committee can slog to Denver’s University Park United Methodist Church, so can we. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. tonight.

And then there were nine — Farquhar withdraws from HD 3...

National legislative policy expert Doug Farquhar pulled his name from the running to replace retiring Democratic state Rep. Anne McGihon on Wednesday, narrowing the field slightly to nine hopefuls. Farquhar, a long-time Platt Park resident, notified district officials he had decided against a bid to represent House District 3 because of the time involved but also admitted to The Denver Post he had only recently switched his registration from Republican to Democrat.

Dems: Blizzard won’t stop HD 3 meeting to pick McGihon replacement

Schools and courts are closing, flights are cancelled and the State Legislature is even considering a snow day, but the blizzard blasting Colorado won't keep the state House District 3 vacancy committee from meeting Thursday night to chose a successor to retiring state Rep. Anne McGihon, the committee's chairwoman said. "No, no, no," HD 3 chair Paula Van Dusen said Thursday morning as the snow fell. "We're going to make every attempt, come hell or high water."

HD 3 vacancy committee set to vote Thursday to replace retiring...

The vacancy committee for House District 3 is set to pick the successor for Democratic state Rep. Anne McGihon from among 10 candidates Thursday night. McGihon, a Denver attorney, announced March 16 she planned to step down from the seat because of the demands of a new job with the law firm Akerman Senterfitt.

Birth control bill passes Colorado House, moves on to governor’s desk

Efforts to block a contraception bill shriveled today in the Colorado House after a series of weird and contentious legislative hearings and an unsuccessful attempt during a House floor debate Friday to add a poison pill amendment to insert the religious definition of pregnancy as at the moment of conception.

Birth control bill survives poison pill amendment

Colorado House Republicans failed in their attempt Friday to modify the Birth Control Protection Act that would re-define pregnancy as at the moment of conception. During the floor debate, bill co-sponsor Rep. Anne McGihon (D-Denver) derided the wrecking amendment offered by Rep. Don Marostica (R-Loveland) as a back door tactic to grant "personhood" to fertilized eggs.

Contraception foes share bizarre theories, intimate lives at House hearing

During a hearing Monday on the Birth Control Protection Act, five anti-contraception witnesses spoke out, often with rambling filibusters and indelicate public disclosures about their personal sexual histories.