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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 5, 20182min528
Sen. Leroy Garcia and Rep. Daneya Esgar, along with Rep. Phil Covarrubias, plan to introduce a resolution for the General Assembly to ask Congress to locate a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pueblo, but Colorado Springs is OK, too. Peter Roper of the Pueblo Chieftain was the first to report on the proposal over the weekend. […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 25, 201727min795

By one measure, state Rep. Justin Everett, a House Republican serving his third term in the Colorado General Assembly, and state Reps. Chris Hansen and Chris Kennedy, a pair of Democrats in their first terms, stand as far apart as any lawmakers at the Capitol, based on the votes they cast in the just-completed 2017 regular session. Considering all the bills that made it to final, third-reading votes in the session — 490 in the House and 459 in the Senate — between them, these three legislators cast the most ‘no’ votes and the most ‘yes’ votes, respectively, according to an analysis prepared by bill-tracking service Colorado Capitol Watch.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 23, 20176min503

A bill that would protect state officials from participating in any unconstitutional federal programs aimed at monitoring or confining Coloradans sparked what the House Democratic caucus communications office called the “first real floor fight” of the legislative session. The Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Salazar, a Thornton Democrat, was drafted in reaction to the intense rhetoric of the Trump campaign, in which the candidate decried undocumented immigrants as criminals and vowed to ban and monitor Muslims in America — rhetoric that later manifested in the executive orders the president issued banning travel from Muslim countries and expanding the arrest and detention powers of immigration officials. Salazar characterizes the bill as a states’ rights proposal. Critics have called it a “sanctuary” bill.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 13, 201710min447

This week we take up where the thud-like introduction of the transportation-funding <a href="https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1242" target="_blank">House Bill 1242</a> left off. Conservatives remain unimpressed. Sponsors, House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, and Senate President Kevin Gratham, Canon City Republican, will work to make their trial balloon seem less like the Hindenburg, to <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/republicans-conservative-groups-rip-proposal-send-transportation-tax-hike-voters/" target="_blank">borrow a phrase</a> from Littleton Republican Sen. Tim Neville. Supporters of the bill have eight weeks to win over the building. Here’s a GOP source hoping for the best but fearing the worst: “Maybe it’s term limits, but they say deals used to be arrived at in this building through the process of moving a bill through the chambers. Now it’s about backroom handshakes that lead to a bill and, basically, the dealmaking is done. People are lined up for or against. It either passes or fails.” Here’s some of what else is happening this week. As always, the schedule is subject to change.