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Bigfooting, boozing, tweeting: A progressive Colorado legislative scorecard

DENVER — Colorado's 2012 Legislature may not have achieved greatness. It may not have risen above partisan divide to solve complex problems and unify a state. It may not have addressed the state's economic malaise or found a way to reliably fund education for the long term.

Jobs, jobs, jobs, say Colorado legislators

Ask any Colorado legislator what they hope to accomplish in the upcoming session and they will tell you they want to create jobs, or help businesses create jobs, or remove regulatory impediments to job creation, or improve access to capital.

Bill to stall closure of Xcel coal-fired power plant fizzles late...

Lawmakers earlier this week pulled the plug on a bill aimed at stalling the closure of Xcel Energy’s aging and inefficient Cameo Station coal-fired...

Lawmakers seek to stall Xcel plan to shutter inefficient Cameo Station...

Lawmakers have introduced legislation to try to stop Xcel Energy from closing its outdated Cameo Station power plant, a coal-solar plant that Xcel says is too costly and impractical to maintain. Debate over the law sees politicians flipping ideology on its side. Grand Junction-area Republicans looking to preserve jobs in coal country are attempting to use government to force Xcel to make management decisions in direct opposition to market demands. Xcel says it's just bad business to keep the plant open.

GOP stoked for Keystone confab, fanning flames of ‘Rojo Revolution’

For the Colorado Republican Party, it’s time to party like it’s 2010 at Keystone ski resort starting this evening. According to the Denver Post, state...

Company withdraws Hunter Canyon-area mine application

The company proposing an underground coal mine west of Grand Junction in Mesa and Garfield counties has pulled its permit application with the Colorado...

State Rep. Bradford pushes mine development despite methane concerns

Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, has been pressuring the governor’s office and U.S. Rep. John Salazar to continue Bush Administration fast-tracking of the Red Cliff coal mine west of Grand Junction. But her lobbying ignores a couple of fairly glaring and clearly inconvenient truths.

GOP state lawmaker: ‘Pitchforks about to come out’ over drilling regulations

State Rep. Laura Bradford says ranchers and landowners in and around Grand Junction and Mesa County are enraged by new, more environmentally stringent drilling regulations keeping them from fully developing their oil and gas mineral rights.

Bradford thanks Buescher for losing election

Pink lemonade-swilling GOP state Rep. Laura Bradford's answers to the typically bland Colorado Statesman freshman survey offer up a couple of unexpected doozies between listings of her favorite book, pets' names and who was responsible for campaign-season attack ads.

Legislative battle shaping up over new oil and gas regs

Republican lawmakers Wednesday were lining up to take shots at the new oil- and gas-drilling regulations finalized this week by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. State Senate minority leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, and newly elected state House Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, who bounced presumptive Speaker of the House candidate Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, from office in November, issued a release predicting dire consequences if the new Legislature approves the rules.