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Redistricting law passes granting courts greater discretion

DENVER-- A bill that will remove regulations imposed on the state Supreme Court when asked to determine legislative districts, passed this final week of the legislative session.

Lawmakers deal with Ritter, DAs to reform system that charges youth...

Draft legislation that would limit the power of Colorado district attorneys to charge 14- and 15-year-olds as adults was watered down this week by sponsor Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, who said that, although the bill enjoys the support of a majority of lawmakers, former D.A. now-Governor Bill Ritter, a strong proponent of D.A. discretion in these matters, said he would veto the original version of the bill.

Hard Case: Ritter unlikely to support new rules on trying youth...

Gov. Bill Ritter doesn't think it's a good idea to limit district attorney authority to determine whether to try suspects in juvenile or criminal...

Support building to lessen DA power to try Colorado youth as...

DENVER-- A bipartisan team of Colorado lawmakers is seeking to raise the age at which juveniles can be tried as adults in the state. Rep. Clair Levy, D-Boulder, is introducing legislation this week to make 16-year-old suspects the youngest that D.A.s can try as adults. As it stands now, 14- and 15-year olds can be "direct-filed" by D.A.s Levy's bill would move decisions in those cases out of the hands of prosecutors and into the hands of judges.

House ideological flare up on how best to help the poor

In pushing a bill aimed at easing tax burdens on low-income families, state Rep. Daniel Kagan, D-Englewood, Friday said voting no on the bill...

GOP leaders on anti-tax initiatives: Serves Ritter right

The Colorado Independent yesterday noted Gov. Bill Ritter's strong language during his State of the State address on the three tax-slashing initiatives headed to...

Penry, no longer a candidate, still free to dole out bad...

State Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry in running for governor drew sharp critiques in the media for making unsupported allegations and baldly stretching facts...

State Long-Term Fiscal Commission a ‘philosophical battleground’ by design

It appears at first as though an important political-cultural wall has crumbled. Provocative conservative talk-radio host Amy Oliver is offering testimony in an official capacity on state budget and funding priorities. She is a member of the legislature's Interim Long-Term Fiscal Commission, the site this summer of what the Denver Post called a battle of philosophies.

Penry asks Ritter for a peek at paperwork and a taste...

Senate Majority Leader and candidate for governor Josh Penry and House Minority Leader Mike May sent Gov. Ritter a letter today (pdf) asking to...

Top Senate Democrats pay bonuses while state struggles with cutbacks

Outgoing Colorado Senate President Peter Groff paid eight legislative employees $30,000 in bonuses before leaving office to take a job with the Obama administration, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. His successor in the leadership post, Longmont Democrat Brandon Shaffer paid a $5,000 bonus to a single employee at the end of the legislative session, which saw lawmakers hacking hundreds of millions of dollars amid a state budget crisis that has led to plans for unpaid furloughs for other state employees.