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Colorado’s Death Penalty: Spending Millions to Execute Almost No One

With a bill to repeal the death penalty likely to be introduced in the 2013 Colorado Legislature, there are bound to be philosophical arguments about the merits of capital punishment. One thing that seems beyond debate, though, is that ending the death penalty could save Colorado taxpayers a lot of money.

Women to rally for health care rights at Capitol Saturday

Saturday at 9:30 am, a group of Colorado women and family members will gather at Civic Center Park’s Greek Amphitheater for a rally to protect women’s access to health care, and for the right of each woman to make her own health care decisions.

Paul Sandoval: The man, the myth

Colorado journalism hit its zenith Tuesday with a thud as all across the state the October 5280 hit mailboxes with a big-hearted tribute to Democratic backroom maestro Paul Sandoval.

Colorado Senate trio sings in support of Planned Parenthood

One in five women in the United States has visited a Planned Parenthood clinic to receive health care. And three of seventeen women who are also Colorado state senators showed up to sing karaoke at a bar off the capitol Tuesday night to raise money for the organization's local political arm, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado. Denver-area senators Lucia Guzman, Evie Hudak and Linda Newell celebrated accessible women's reproductive health services from their spots at the bar and from center stage at Hamburger Mary's, where more than a hundred revelers delivered dramatic renditions of classic hits, tossed back cheap drinks and stuffed pockets with prophylactics.

Colorado veterans, lawmakers celebrate repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

DENVER-- Veterans, state lawmakers and Democratic Party officials gathered on the capitol steps here Monday to celebrate the end of the policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which for the last 18 years barred gay Americans from serving openly in the military. The Pentagon on Tuesday is offically lifting Don't Ask, Don't Tell across all branches of the armed services in accordance with legislation passed last December. At a time when nearly any issue can generate incendiary political rhetoric and gridlock Congress, the end of the controversial military policy is being lauded as a rare bipartisan victory for equality and common sense and a sign of progress in service of the nation.

Civil unions bill passes Senate: Steadman says it’s about the children

The gay and lesbian community are one step closer to being able to participate in state sanctioned unions after the Colorado Senate voted to pass on second reading SB 172. Democrats heralded the bill as a historic moment in the fight for civil rights and the protection of children.

Roberts casts key GOP vote in favor of Colorado civil unions...

DENVER-- Durango Republican Senator Ellen Roberts has received awards for championing youth causes and praise from capitol watchers for taking non-partisan problem-solving stands on critical issues. So it was both remarkable and unsurprising that she voted Monday with five Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor same-sex civil unions legislation.

Colorado lawmakers pull Arizona copycat bill from consideration

As protesters rallied on the capitol steps today in opposition to immigration legislation, lawmakers inside the building killed a bill designed as a copycat of a law passed last year in Arizona. Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, one of the bill's sponsors, said it was being pulled from consideration because lawmakers did not want to burden the state with having to defend the law in court.

Judd calls Guzman ‘a classy lady,’ urges support for Dems

After losing his bid for state Senate District 34, Rep. Joel Judd, D-Denver, issued a statement to his supporters Tuesday acknowledging his opponent, Sen....