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Nathaniel Marshall was reportedly recruited to run for office by Tim Neville, a prominent Colorado Republican politician with close ties to far-right kingmaker Dudley Brown.
Colorado state Representative B.J. Nikkel, R-Loveland, this weekend said the experience of bigotry and intimidation she experienced last spring during the debate over a same-sex civil unions bill has strengthened her position in support of the bill. She said that, even though she's not running for reelection and won't be at the capitol to vote, she's confident that conservatives will come to see the bill as consistent with their social values and that next year's version of the bill will pass with significant Republican backing.
As the long bill passed the House on 3rd and final reading Thursday, a JBC-initiated bill that may cause 2,000 low-income children to drop out of a Colorado health care assistance program also won the Legislature's approval.
The Joint Budget Committee comes to terms on budget and averts a stand-off. Bill restores some education funding and scales back some PERA contributions.
A joint senate resolution proclaiming that the Colorado State General Assembly is fed up with federal unfunded mandates and will not legislate the same onto local governments passed the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee yesterday with a rare unanimous vote.
State Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Niwot, who's sponsoring pay-as-you-go legislation she feels will bring better transparency and accountability to the Colorado General Assembly, also said she'll join other Democrats in offering similar amendments to bills that would reverse cuts to tax exemptions for many industries put in place last year.
The ping pong game on a Colorado House joint resolution that provides direction for state spending continued today as House Republicans rejected amendments made yesterday in the Senate.
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.