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As school starts, lawmakers are touting an education law passed this year that many believe will help students achieve greater success. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a pair of school funding measures that Gov. John Hickenlooper later … more
Key Democratic lawmakers were frustrated with Gov. John Hickenlooper's guidance last year on a death penalty repeal bill and now feel that there was an opportunity lost, given that Hickenlooper's … more
The debate over the use of American Indian mascots will come to the state Capitol next year. State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, is expected to carry a bill that could result in schools losing … more
Former House Minority Leader Mark Waller on Aug. 27 blasted the fellow Republican who is seeking to succeed him over his recent "horribly inappropriate" anti-gay comments. Waller, who is not … more
An attack ad released against Gov. John Hickenlooper last week started out like any other negative ad — grainy, black-and-white footage followed by a series of assaults on the governor for his failure to “make the tough decisions.” The ad, … more
Death penalty politics resurfaced in the gubernatorial race last week on the heels of comments made by Gov. John Hickenlooper during a recent television interview. But political observers wonder just how much voters actually care about capital … more
Colorado's first-ever statewide mental-health crisis hotline went live on Aug. 12, an effort that state leaders hope will save lives. The 24/7 Colorado Crisis and Support Line was born from legislation aimed at curbing mental health-related … more
A law that temporarily prohibits lottery tickets from being sold online took effect earlier this month. The law was a response to a 2011 decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that opened the door for states to allow lottery ticket sales over … more
The reorganization of a school violence hotline was among a handful of new safety laws that took effect last week. The Safe2Tell Act moves an existing anonymous tip line from the nonprofit sector to a state-run program that is operated through … more
Paint prices will eventually go up under a new law aimed at promoting recycling. The law, parts of which took effect last week, tacks on a fee for household paint purchases. The fee will go toward the creation of a paint recycling drop-off … more
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