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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.

Marijuana legalization measure will be on Colorado ballot

This November Colorado voters will get to vote on at least one initiative to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults.

Hickenlooper would defy state Dems and reinstate tax-free ‘enterprise zones’

COMMERCE CITY-- Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper presented his "road map" (Video part 1) (Video part 2) for Colorado job creation and economic growth last week. The road map puts him at odds with some Democratic members of the Colorado legislature who took pains this session to repeal the state's so-called "enterprise zones" where businesses are exempted from paying taxes. Hickenlooper told the Colorado Independent that he strongly supported enterprise zones as a way to spur new business activity and that as governor he would look to promote them as a first order of business.

Ritter will sign payday loan, campaign finance and direct file reforms...

Gov. Bill Ritter will sign three influential bills into law Tuesday, remaking the payday loan industry, creating greater transparency in campaign finance and tempering...

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.

Colorado Dems confirm: Cuts to AG’s office over health reform suit...

DENVER--House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, confirmed a Thursday morning Colorado Independent report that Democratic lawmakers were considering cutting from the budget long bill funds for the Attorney General's office to try to put an end to the lawsuit filed by AG John Suthers on behalf of Colorado citizens questioning the Constitutionality of federal health reform legislation. Although no lawmaker introduced the proposed cut, Weissmann said the proposal remained under consideration.

Colorado budget woes may force an end to death penalty

Arguments for maintaining the death penalty in Colorado are losing power. As state Sen. John Morse said in speaking about the legalization of marijuana...

CSU tape: ‘Un-Christian’ lawmakers mock ‘the Pope’; Plus: More cronyism

As part of the settlement this week of an open-meetings lawsuit, Colorado State University has released an extended version of a tape of the...

CSU board member Blake selected chancellor

The Colorado State University Board of Governors named CSU Board Vice President Joe Blake its sole finalist for chancellor on Tuesday just hours after Senate Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer killed a bill he co-sponsored that demanded greater transparency in the state's public university leadership appointments.

CSU chancellor search committee meets as House votes on university leadership...

The Colorado State University chancellor search committee is meeting this afternoon to review a second round of roughly 12 candidate applications for the university's new top spot. The committee reviewed a first set of about the same number of applications last month, according to CSU spokesperson Michele McKinney. So far, none of the names of the candidates for the position have been revealed.