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Renfroe bill would suspend governor’s right in an emergency to control...

A Senate bill introduced this week and sponsored by Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, aims to suspend the governor's authority to limit citizens' access to firearms...

Marilyn Musgrave in New York rallies the conservative troops

What does it look like when the arch-conservatives come to town? They're swarming places like Watertown in upstate New York, where semi-qualified Conservative...

State House sends same-sex domestic partner benefits bill to governor’s desk

The Colorado House gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that extends health insurance benefits to gay and lesbian domestic partners of state employees. The bill has already passed the state Senate and heads to Gov. Bill Ritter for his signature.

Senate panel OKs partner proposal derided by critics as ‘marriage light’

A bill designed to make it easier for gay and lesbian couples and other unmarried adults to establish sweeping legal rights for each other — including inheritance, the ability to make medical decisions and hospital visitation rights — moved a step closer to law Monday on a party-line vote in a state Senate committee over the objections of a Republican lawmaker who called the proposal "marriage light."

Senate panel OKs ‘Katie’s Law’ to collect DNA on all felony...

A state Senate panel late Wednesday evening approved a bill to require law enforcement officials to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony in Colorado, over strong objections from one lawmaker who said “Katie’s Law” — named after a New Mexico college student whose brutal rape and murder was solved using DNA evidence — does “permanent damage” to constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

Budget reform bill weathers GOP filibuster, clears another hurdle

Senate Bill 228, Democratic Senator John Morse's controversial budget reform legislation, received key preliminary approval late last night after a 10-hour Republican filibuster that, for all its passion, never seriously threatened passage of the bill. Senate members on both sides of the aisle agreed SB 228 was among the most important laws they would consider and would have ramifications on Colorado governance for years to come, amounting to a "sea change," as state Sen. Keith King, R-Colorado Springs, described it, in the way tax revenues would be spent.

Olbermann names Schultheis ‘Worst Person in the World’ for HIV+ moms,...

State Sen. Dave Schultheis earned a distinction he probably won't be using in his next electoral bid — "Worst Person in the World" — from the liberal MSNBC news analysis program Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Schultheis has received universal scorn for his remarks yesterday that HIV testing for pregnant woman 'rewards promiscuity' and that babies born HIV positive are punishment for immoral behavior during a Colorado Senate floor debate on a communicable disease control bill.

UPDATED: State senator: HIV babies are punishment for promiscuous moms

State Sen. Dave Schultheis restated his opposition to a bill over requiring HIV tests for pregnant women by claiming that infected babies would cause families to "see the negative consequences of that promiscuity." UPDATE: The Rocky re-arranged its original story posted at 1:05 p.m. and buried Sen. Schultheis' controversial quote in a linked side bar.

Religious group flays Renfroe over remarks on gays, murder as ‘hate...

A spokesman for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado on Wednesday condemned remarks made Monday by state Sen. Scott Renfroe when he called homosexuality an "abomination" and an "offense to God" in a debate over a bill to extend health benefits to same-sex partners of state employees. "As a Christian, I am profoundly saddened by the hate speech uttered by Sen. Renfroe in the name of God,” the Rev. Richard Craft, interim pastor at Family of Christ Presbyterian Church of Greeley, said in a statement.

Schultheis: HIV testing for pregnant moms rewards ‘sexual promiscuity’

Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease "stems from sexual promiscuity" and he didn't think the Legislature should "remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior." The Colorado Springs lawmaker then proceeded to cast the lone vote against SB-179, which passed 32-1 and moves on to the House. UPDATE: Schultheis restates his opposition to the bill by claiming HIV babies are punishment for promiscuous moms.
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