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A Republican-sponsored effort to delay implementation of controversial new standardized school testing mandates failed in a legislative committee on Feb. 13. The federal Common Core State … more
A contentious House floor debate preceded the Feb. 13 passage of a bill that aims to shine a light on school board members' private discussions. House Bill 1110 would expand current law that … more
More Colorado school children would be eligible for free lunch at school, under a bill that passed a House committee on Feb. 10. Right now, kids who qualify for the state's reduced lunch program … more
As someone who covers the state Legislature, it's common for me to write about lawmakers who fight like cats and dogs. Yeah, yeah, I get it. Legislators will tell you that more than 90 percent of bills are passed with bipartisan support. No … more
With a ballot measure looming that could determine the future of hydraulic fracking in Colorado, oil and gas industry leaders are preparing for a battle unlike any they've fought before. “We've got a serious fight on our hands in 2014,” said … more
Mountains and sunshine and healthy and active lifestyles aside, Colorado holds a dubious distinction that isn't a part of the state's tourism campaign. Colorado ranks among the highest in the nation for suicides. In 2012, more Coloradans died as … more
Out-of-state American Indian college students who have tribal connections to Colorado will be able pay in-state tuition rates here, under a bill that passed a legislative committee on Feb. … more
Another gun battle took center stage at the Capitol on Feb. 3, as a Senate committee rejected a Republican effort to undo a key Democrat-backed gun measure from last year. Testimony on a bill that … more
Expanded Medicaid and mental-health programs, strident environmental protections, a successful insurance exchange, a rapidly recovering economy and an influx of young people are converging to make Colorado the eighth-healthiest state in the nation, … more
Attempts to scale back implementation of increased rural renewable energy mandates suffered another set of defeats at the Capitol this week. Two Republican-sponsored bills that would have either lowered the bar on new energy standards on rural … more
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