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Colorado legislature starts 2013 session

The 2013 legislative session started today at 10 a.m. New members of the house were sworn in and the 69th General Assembly elected Rep. Mark Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat representing HD2, as Speaker of the House. He is the second openly gay legislator elected to a leadership role. Sen. John P. Morse, a Democrat representing… Continue Reading Colorado legislature starts 2013 session

In an election year, Democrats and Republicans seldom get together on a single issue. But this year in Colorado Springs, that’s not the case. Both parties are getting together for a fundraiser for Pikes Peak United Way’s Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund. The event is 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Penrose House… Continue Reading Dems, Repubs put differences aside during fire fundraiser

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Democrats dismiss GOP deficit offer

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Members of a special deficit-cutting panel are getting renewed encouragement from their colleagues even as they remain far apart on taxes and cuts to so-called entitlement programs like Medicare. And some are taking a glass-half-full view of a Republican offer this week in which even GOP hardliners on taxes showed new flexibility on tax revenue… Continue Reading Democrats dismiss GOP deficit offer

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Colorado’s top political parties go to court this week to pitch their changes for the state’s congressional landscape — a process that could affect 2012 races in three districts now held by Republicans. Starting Tuesday, Denver’s District Court will hear arguments on the redistricting process required every 10 years to reflect updated Census statistics. The… Continue Reading Colo. court battle over congressional maps begins

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Unemployment remains stubbornly high at just over 9 percent, but it’s the alarming number of long-term jobless that is causing fresh concern for Democratic lawmakers. About 42 percent of the nation’s 14.1 million unemployed have been out of work for at least six months, and nearly one in three has been jobless more than a… Continue Reading Dems warn long-term jobless could derail recovery

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Colorado’s position as a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race comes with a wrinkle neither party seems to like: A freewheeling ballot initiative tradition that could put both legalizing marijuana and gay marriage before voters on Election Day next year. Marijuana activists have begun gathering signatures to ask voters to allow pot for… Continue Reading Pot, marriage could play roles in ’12 Colo. races

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Colorado Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak is stepping down after leading the party for six years. Waak says the party needs new leaders and new blood. She also says it’s time for the party to find better ways to recruit young voters and convince them that political parties are still relevant. The State Central Committee… Continue Reading Waak stepping down, Colo. Dems to pick new leaders

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Democrats are accusing newly empowered House Republicans of exempting more than $1 trillion in proposed tax cuts and higher spending over the next 10 years from a promise to cut federal deficits. The exemptions include a bill to repeal last year’s health care legislation as well as GOP-backed proposals extending a series of tax cuts… Continue Reading Dems say GOP exempting $1 trillion from deficit

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A group of Democrats fed up with the slow pace of the U.S. Senate are headed to Denver to rally for new rules to speed things up the 112th Congress. Democratic activists want to see the Senate adopt rule changes suggested by Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tom Udall of New Mexico. The… Continue Reading Democrats head to Denver to rally for Senate changes

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House Democrats reject tax plan without changes

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House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed. By voice vote in a closed caucus meeting, Democrats passed a resolution saying the tax package should not come to the House floor for consideration… Continue Reading House Democrats reject tax plan without changes

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