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Guest editorial: Provider fee bait and switch evades TABOR

The only way to interpret TABOR is that the limit must be lowered by the amount the program costs taxpayers.

By Brian Vande Krol · June 22, 2017 · 0 comments · Gold Dome, Health Care, TABOR, Taxes
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Demand side management enriches Xcel at ratepayer expense

Bipartisan support for bad and expensive policy doesn’t miraculously change it to good policy.

By Amy Oliver Cooke and William Yeatman · June 13, 2017 · 0 comments · Amy Oliver Cooke, Energy, Environment, Gold Dome
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Governor signs anti-sexting bill into law

“I refer to that as the thermal nuclear option. That type of adjudication or an arrest on a juvenile’s record is going to have almost fatal consequences for the ability to obtain student loans for college or higher education. So prosecutors across the state, as was I, were hesitant to ever charge a juvenile with that kind of enormous offense for sexting.” — 19th Judicial District Attorney Michael Rourke.

By Sherrie Peif · June 9, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Featured, Gold Dome, Legal, Sherrie Peif, Top News, Weld County
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How a clique of Capitol reporters bar access to competitors

Here in Colorado though, there’s a handful of journalists abridging press freedom through exclusion, sanctioned by the legislature.

By Sherrie Peif · June 5, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Gold Dome, Media, Politics, Sherrie Peif
Rep. Dan Pabon, Sen. Bob Gardner, Rep. Mike Weissmann and Rep. Chris Kennedy smile as Gov. John Hickenlooper as he signs SB 17-040 requiring digital records to be released under Colorado's Open Records Act in their original format. Photo by Sherrie Peif

Freshmen representatives instrumental in last-minute push to pass Open Records law

“We narrowed down on one area where people could come to an agreement. Where a document exists in an electronic fashion, we ought to be able to get that it that way in 2017.” — Rep. Mike ” Weissman, (D-Arapahoe County)

By Sherrie Peif · June 2, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Featured, Gold Dome, Media, Open Records, Sherrie Peif
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Senate Bill 267 and the ‘Grand Betrayal’ by Colorado Republicans

The “grand compromise” of SB 267 is the largest “grand betrayal” from Republicans I have ever witnessed in my more than 25 years in Colorado politics.

By Jon Caldara · May 24, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Gold Dome, Jon Caldara, Politics, TABOR, Taxes
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
Sen. Jerry Sonnenburg from northeastern Colorado appeals to his fellow lawmakers on the Senate Floor Friday.

Seventy-two page amendment to Sustaining Rural Colorado bill gets the job done on Senate floor

The original 57-page version — that some argue is far from a single-subject bill — is now 76 pages and includes 72 pages of strike below text. In other words, “Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado” is the only thing that remains from the original version.

By Sherrie Peif · May 5, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · debt, Featured, Gold Dome, Politics, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News, Transportation

Rural hospitals and roads bill off life support; still driving wedge between Republicans

“It’s not just a bad bill. It’s a constitutionally bad bill.” Kevin Lundberg on SB17-267

By Sherrie Peif · May 4, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Featured, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Transportation