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Hard-to-trace ‘gray money’ raises the stakes in big Colorado races

With the election only a month away and mail ballots due out in less than two weeks, “gray money” groups are pouring millions of...

The big spending is on for state House and Senate races

With Election Day just 48 days away — and mail ballots out in 26 days — candidates for the state House and Senate are...

Charter funding fight ends with compromise, defeat of two bills as...

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Todd Engdahl on May 10, 2016 A House committee decision to kill two charter school bills Tuesday ended the...

Is Adams County the new bellwether for Colorado politics?

  The winner of Adams County’s House and Senate races will likely determine which Party controls Colorado’s legislature. State GOP Chair Steve House, who hails from the...

Lawmaker postpones voting against unpaid parental leave to take his sick...

Last week Rep. Kevin Priola asked the House Education Committee to postpone a vote on a bill that would allow parents to take an unpaid...

Colorado House clash tied to JeffCo school board ‘donnybrook’

DENVER -- It wasn't a gun bill, but it sparked the kind of heated exchange that characterizes gun-bill debates in Colorado.

Report: Despite legal protections, gay students in Colorado overwhelmingly bullied

In Colorado, nearly all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students polled this year by national anti-bullying organization GSLEN said they regularly heard homophobic remarks and slurs at their schools. Half of them reported being pushed and shoved around for being queer. And nearly a third of them said they were kicked or punched or hit. That news comes despite the fact that legislators have accepted school bullying as a serious problem to address since the tragic Columbine school shootings of 1999.

Study: Kids in conservative parts of country more depressed, suicidal

Teenagers who live in politically conservative parts of the country are more depressed and suicidal than teens who live in politically progressive parts of the country, according to a study by Columbia University psychologist Mark Hatzenbuehler published this week. The study comes as the nation, spurred by media coverage of recent tragic youth deaths, reckons with the fact that school harassment drives gay young people in particular to depression and suicide. It also comes in the wake of competing days dedicated to drawing attention to school bullying, the Day of Silence organized by gay rights groups and the Day of Dialogue organized by Colorado Springs-based Christian group Focus on the Family.

Ten legislators abandon controversial Republican Study Committee

Former Colorado Springs Senator Dave Schultheis is no longer holding forth on bills on the Senate floor in Denver, but he has continued to exert influence this year as the powerful force behind the conservative Republican Study Committee of Colorado. Now that influence may be waning. This week, a third of the RSCC flock quit the committee, rejecting the would-be radical-right revival.

Colorado school bullying bill passes out of committee; Bennet championing cause...

After hours of emotional testimony at the capitol Wednesday, the Colorado House Education Committee Wednesday voted 9 to 4 in favor of school-bullying prevention House Bill 1254 (pdf). The bill would revise anti-bullying guidelines and establish a board within the state Department of Education to revise rules of conduct and reporting and to raise money to pay for anti-bullying research and programs.
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