Elections

New Jeffco Superintendent fringe benefits send salary near $400,000 per year

New Jeffco Superintendent fringe benefits send salary near $400,000 per year

“Does Dr. Glass understand that charter schools are bound by federal and state public school laws? Does he know that charter schools are not allowed to discriminate in their enrollment policies and that they adhere to the same testing standards as district-run schools? Does he realize that charter schools accept students with disabilities and/or special needs?” — Kim Gilmartin, Jeffco parent.

By Sherrie Peif · May 22, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Elections, Jeffco, K-12 Transparancy, Politics, Sherrie Peif
Standing from left, Mark Grueskin and Jon Caldara debate the title given Caldara's ballot initiative last month before the state's title board.

Colorado’s “Damn Roads” one step closer to getting fixed after challenge period passes

“We said without raising taxes because that’s what’s in the measure. It is up to the legislature to decide how to fund this. Maybe it’s through budget cuts, maybe it’s through innovation, maybe it’s through reprioritization.” — Jon Caldara, President of the Independence Institute.

By Sherrie Peif · May 10, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Jon Caldara, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation, Uncategorized
Rural Colorado hospital, schools and roads bill one step away from becoming law

Rural Colorado hospital, schools and roads bill one step away from becoming law

“Our constitution is pretty clear,” Rep. Tim Leonard (R-Jefferson) said. “We need to be a single-subject bill. I would suggest we are creating a dangerous precedent here that incorporates so many things to make so many people happy.”

By Sherrie Peif · May 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Durango, Education, Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Health Care, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News, Transportation, Uncategorized
Senators Cooke and Neville take a stab at transportation fix

Senators Cooke and Neville take a stab at transportation fix

“It’s our job; it’s what we’re supposed to do. There’s money there to be found. The state of Colorado has to have some skin in the game. We have to have some money come from the general fund.” Sen. John Cooke, (R-Greeley).

By Sherrie Peif · April 26, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation
Republican Senators from left Randy Baumgardner and Kevin Grantham meet with media on Thursday to discuss the fate of two controversial bills. Photo by Sherrie Peif

Bills funding transportation, schools and hospitals appear dead; stalled in the House

“If we’re not going to have any negotiations in good faith, then what they have done has not been in good faith. If we’re not going to have negotiations, then there is no point in having a damn bill.” — Jerry Sonnenberg on SB17-267

By Sherrie Peif · April 21, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News, Uncategorized
Sen. Owen Hill, (R-El Paso) questions a witness during testimony on a bill recently at the State Capitol.  Photo By Jared Cummings

Tax, debt and spending bills clear first hurdle with a little help from some Republicans

“It will catch up to them. Maybe not tomorrow but it will catch up to them.” — Gregory Golyansky, President Colorado Union of Taxpayers

By Sherrie Peif · April 14, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Elections, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, Top News, Transportation, Uncategorized
Jon Caldara, right, works with members of the Colorado Legislative Services to get the wording of a ballot initiative correct.

Fix Our Damn Roads one step closer to the voters

The amendments that the Republicans tried clearly show there is enough money in the state budget to Fix Our Damn Roads without a tax increase,” Jon Caldara said. “Good for them for proving the point.”

By Sherrie Peif · April 10, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Featured, Gold Dome, Jon Caldara, Sherrie Peif, Transportation, Uncategorized
TABOR bill sponsor responds to constituents and bows out; says he will vote against changes

TABOR bill sponsor responds to constituents and bows out; says he will vote against changes

I have decided to take my name off HB 1187 and will be voting against it.

By Sherrie Peif · March 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Economy, Elections, Linda Gorman, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Uncategorized
Senate Bill would equalize funding for charter schools

Senate Bill would equalize funding for charter schools

Proponents say since charter school students are public school students, and they should have equal access to money collected through property taxes.

By Sherrie Peif · February 10, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Elections, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif, Taxes, Uncategorized
Caldara: Counting those “and that’s why Trump won” moments

Caldara: Counting those “and that’s why Trump won” moments

Watching the leftist meltdown following the election is one of the greatest spectacles I’ve ever enjoyed.

By Jon Caldara · January 4, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Jon Caldara, National