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Colorado FASTER training kicks off in June; armed school staff to get skills in active shooter

Colorado FASTER training kicks off in June; armed school staff to get skills in active shooter

A curriculum that teaches school employees allowed to conceal carry the skills necessary to stop active shooter situations, as well as advanced medical training to deal with related injuries such as gunshot wounds.

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.

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.”

A handful of the hate correspondence Sen. Ray Scott, (R-Grand Junction) received after a column by the Grand Junction Sentinel publisher Jay Seaton sits near his desk at the State Capitol.

Sen. Ray Scott responds to latest Sentinel column; Publisher compares Scott to Assad

And he’s arguing about fake news?” Scott said. “Where he even came up with this stuff, I have no idea. It was kind of like a rambling manifesto about himself and how great he is that he saved the taxpayers money.”

By Sherrie Peif · April 25, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Exclusives, Featured, Gold Dome, Media, Open Records, Sherrie Peif, Uncategorized
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
50-year Army vet  fired from Denver Public Schools; transgender student at center of controversy

50-year Army vet fired from Denver Public Schools; transgender student at center of controversy

“As far as I’m concerned, DPS has to substantiate the charge,” he said. “I do intend, if necessary, to file suit against Denver Public Schools and the young lady.” — John Russell, retired Army Lt. Colonel.

By Sherrie Peif · April 11, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Denver, Education, Featured, Sherrie Peif, 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
Douglas County parents taking a page from Jefferson County, start fake social media page

Douglas County parents taking a page from Jefferson County, start fake social media page

Though the creators of the false charter coalition page remain anonymous, the page appears to be supported by well-known political activists opposed to the Douglas County Board of Education’s conservative majority.

By Sherrie Peif · March 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Douglas County, Education, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif, Uncategorized
A group of students from Imagine Classical Academy in Colorado Springs cheer for school choice at the School Choice Rally on the West steps of the Capitol on Jan. 26, 2017.

Charter school funding bill gaining bipartisan support; Dems get support on amendment

“It would be easier and more politically expedient, if I just voted no on this bill. But I can’t do that because our public education system is broken.” — Democrat Senator Dominick Moreno.

By Sherrie Peif · March 12, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Gold Dome, Sherrie Peif, Taxes, Top News, Uncategorized