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1 year 3 months ago

Farmers urge veto on renewable hike

CALHAN - Farmers and ranchers in Colorado are pressuring Governor John Hickenlooper to veto a renewable energy bill that doubles portfolio standards for rural electric co-operatives. Senate Bill 13-252 would mandate the co-ops get at least 20 percent of the electricity from solar, wind and other renewable power sources...

1 year 4 months ago

Free breakfast bill clears State Senate

DENVER - Certain public schools in Colorado could soon be required to serve free breakfast to students during the start of the school day. House Bill 1006 , the Breakfast after the Bell bill, passed the State Senate Friday after clearing the House last month. Beginning in the fall...

1 year 10 months ago

Locals react to Vice Presidential debate

Voters across party lines seemed satisfied with Thursday night's Vice Presidential debate; people on both sides said their candidate was effective in getting down to the facts on the issues without as much of the posturing we saw in the first Presidential debate. At a Democratic watch party in...

2 years 3 months ago

Civil union bills face last minute drama

DENVER (AP) - Civil unions are close to becoming law in Colorado amid last-minute drama in the Republican-controlled House. The bill is expected to clear a final committee Tuesday to reach the full House for debate and initial vote. The issue divides House Republicans who have a 33-32 voting edge....

2 years 4 months ago

Senior tax break fight already over

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's improving economy has helped lawmakers avoid the most contentious debate of the year - restoring a suspended property tax break for senior citizens. Lawmakers learned Monday that sunny fiscal projections mean the state won't have to choose between giving a property tax break to seniors or...

2 years 6 months ago

Top senators agree on tough penalties for Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Senate Democrat and Republican have agreed on a bill to impose sweeping new penalties on Iran. The Banking Committee chairman, Sen. Tim Johnson, and Sen. Richard Shelby announced the legislation late Monday that would target Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and would apply sanctions to more...

2 years 7 months ago

Judge in Va. rejects GOP primary ballot appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to add Texas Gov. Rick Perry and three other candidates to Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot. U.S. District Judge John Gibney ruled Friday that the candidates should have challenged Virginia's primary qualifying rules earlier. Gibney said they knew the rules months...

3 years 3 weeks ago

House passes debt-ceiling agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed legislation designed to keep the government from defaulting on its debts. The measure also sets a course for reducing the federal deficit in the future. The Senate, where support is stronger, is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday, the deadline for...

3 years 1 month ago

CO GOP decries lack of progress with business regs

DENVER (AP) - Republican lawmakers say their efforts to help Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper promote a business-friendly environment have been stifled - by Democrats. They say Senate Democrats killed Republican-sponsored bills aimed at easing business regulations. Democrats argue that Republicans should've done a better job of getting support from the...

3 years 2 months ago

Gov. Romney calls Obama ineffective

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is calling Barack Obama "one of the most ineffective presidents" he's ever seen, and says he can beat him next year. Romney tells NBC in an interview that while Obama wasn't responsible for the recession he inherited, "he made things worse....

3 years 3 months ago

Redistricting talks collapse

DENVER (AP) - Bipartisan talks to draw new congressional district boundaries for Colorado have collapsed after a legislative committee failed to meet a self-imposed deadline. Now Republicans and Democrats are vowing to draw their own maps to redraw the state's seven districts as required after every census. If the...

3 years 9 months ago

GOP Boswell concedes to Riesberg in house race

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Republican Bob Boswell has conceded the state House District 50 race to incumbent Democrat Jim Riesberg nearly two weeks after the election. Riesberg leads Boswell by about 300 votes, although a final vote tally hasn't been completed. Boswell told the Greeley Tribune Saturday that it...

3 years 10 months ago

Political signs pit neighbor against neighbor

As the political season continues to heat up battle lines are being drawn across neighborhoods. Yards signs are popping up and creating rivalries among Democrats and Republicans. News First 5 spotted a lot of signs on Elizabeth, Greenwood, Grand and Court. "It's just really a matter of opinion," said Michael...

3 years 10 months ago

AP survey points to huge Republican victories

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just two weeks remain before the midterm elections, and a new poll finds all signs pointing to huge Republican victories. Likely voters surveyed by the Associated Press and GfK give Republicans the edge over Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government. Most...

3 years 10 months ago

Republicans outnumber Democrats in early voting

DENVER (AP) - Colorado elections officials rolled out the first look at who's voting early this election - and so far more Republicans are voting than Democrats. The Colorado Secretary of State reports that about 195,000 voters have already cast ballots as of Wednesday afternoon. That figure includes mail-in...

3 years 10 months ago

Bill Clinton to stump for Sen. Bennet in Denver

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Denver in support of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet as early voting begins in Colorado. Clinton has not always been on Bennet's side. He endorsed Bennet's Democratic primary challenger Andrew Romanoff and recorded a telephone appeal urging voters to choose Romanoff. But...

3 years 10 months ago

Rep. Betsy Markey passes on Congress debate

Democratic Congresswoman Betsy Markey is declining debates that don't include minor-party candidates - so her Republican opponent plans to show up alone to the taping of a candidate forum. State Rep. Cory Gardner of Yuma says he'll be at Colorado Public Television Thursday afternoon for a debate. But...

3 years 10 months ago

GOP allies make Colorado a top target

This election season has brought a torrent of campaign spending from outside interest groups, and nowhere is the spending on better display than in Colorado. Interest groups have been flooding Colorado with a level of advertising that goes well beyond the typical election year bombardment. Colorado has become...

3 years 10 months ago

Andrew Romanoff lands job at anti-poverty group

Unsuccessful Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has landed a new job at an anti-poverty group that helps farmers in developing countries. The Democrat tells The Denver Post that he'll work for Lakewood-based International Development Enterprises, where he'll travel frequently. The former state House speaker turned down being considered for...

3 years 10 months ago

Poll shows racial divide in election

An Associated Press-GfK poll suggests working-class whites are flocking to Republican candidates in this fall's elections. Whites without four-year college degrees prefer GOP candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate. The poll, conducted last month, found...

3 years 11 months ago

Ruling on Tancredo's candidacy expected Tuesday

American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo told a Denver judge that his party's bylines trumped state law when he got his last-minute nomination in July. The former Republican congressman was responding Monday to a lawsuit filed by two Republicans who claim Tancredo violated state law when he got...

3 years 11 months ago

Democrat Hickenlooper to spend $1.3 million on TV ads

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's campaign for governor says he raised $403,597 in August and is budgeting $1.3 million for television advertising before November's election. The Democratic candidate says in his latest finance report filed Tuesday that his campaign spent nearly $358,000 in August, when Hickenlooper began airing commercials. ...

3 years 11 months ago

GOP attacks Obama jobs program

GOP leaders are blasting President Barack Obama's long-term jobs proposal, saying the $50 billion plan would only raise federal spending that's already in excess. Obama unveiled the plan Monday at a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, proposing the billions be spent on roads, railways and runways. Administration officials...

3 years 11 months ago

Texas congresswoman admits she violated rules

A Texas congresswoman is admitting that she wrongly steered thousands of dollars in college scholarships to her own relatives and the children of a staff member. Dallas-area Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson said in a statement that she was unaware she was in violation of any rules governing the Congressional...

3 years 11 months ago

Hickenlooper announces education policy for Colorado

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper is getting ready to unveil his education policy for Colorado. He'll be joined by his running mate, Colorado State University-Pueblo president Joe Garcia, at Monday's announcement at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. Two years ago as mayor Hickenlooper started a preschool stipend program...

4 years 5 days ago

Dan Maes to announce running mate at noon

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes has reached the deadline for announcing his choice of a running mate. Spokesman Nate Strauch says Maes interviewed four or five candidates over the weekend and will announce his choice on Tuesday. He'll make the announcement at noon at his campaign office in Englewood....

4 years 1 week ago

New Pueblo state senator sworn in

Colorado's newest state senator has taken the oath of office. Sen. Angela Giron, a Democrat, was sworn in Thursday. She replaces Sen. Abel Tapia, a Democrat from Pueblo who stepped down because he was term-limited and wanted to make way for his successor. Giron previously worked in the...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Sources: Hickenlooper picks CSU-Pueblo president

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper will pick CSU-Pueblo President Joe Garcia as his running mate. Three sources who were involved in the decision-making confirmed the pick to The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on Hickenlooper's behalf. Hickenlooper isn't facing...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Hickenlooper says GOP alienating Colorado voters

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper says internal feuding in the Colorado Republican Party is alienating voters. Drawing on his experience as a brewpub owner, Hickenlooper says it's bad practice to attack another company and he believes it's bad practice for candidates to attack each other. The Denver mayor...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Candidate makes way for Tom Tancredo on ballot

Benjamin Goss has submitted his resignation letter as the American Constitution Party's candidate for governor. Goss is stepping down to make way for former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo, who plans to run on the party's ticket. Tancredo switched his party affiliation on Monday. American Constitution Party chairman Clyde...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Scott McInnis scoffs at Tancredo deadline

A noon deadline set by Republican Tom Tancredo has passed, without word on whether he plans to switch parties and run for governor. He gave the two Republican candidates for governor, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, until noon to agree to step aside following the August primary, and allow him...

4 years 1 month ago

Primary ballots in the mail today

Mail-in ballots for Colorado's Aug. 10 primary elections were going out Monday. Because the vast majority of Colorado primary voters will cast their ballots at home, that means candidates have the next three weeks to try to sell themselves to party voters. The race on ballots this election is...

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