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Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

  Senate leaders moved toward showdown votes Wednesday on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts that will otherwise expire in January.   In an announcement that seemed to surprise Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor that he was accepting a Democratic offer to hold back-to-back… Continue Reading Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

House moves ahead with cyber security bill

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House Republicans are pushing ahead with legislation to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure and corporations from electronic attacks despite Obama administration objections that the legislation fails to protect Americans’ civil liberties. The House begins work Thursday on the bill designed to address the cybersecurity threat by getting the private sector and government to share information… Continue Reading House moves ahead with cyber security bill

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The Colorado Senate is debating a proposal to give bidding preferences to companies that employ local workers for state projects. It’s a centerpiece of the Democrats’ job-creation plan this session, but it lacks Republican support and has gotten strong opposition from business groups. The bill being debated Tuesday would give a bidding preference to companies… Continue Reading CO Senate debates Democrats’ bid preference bill

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Senate rejects two balanced budget amendments

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The Senate has rejected two proposals to amend the Constitution to require Congress to come up with a balanced budget every year. The votes on the two measures, one backed by Republicans and the other by Democrats, effectively ends for this year the drive to change the Constitution as a way of forcing Congress to… Continue Reading Senate rejects two balanced budget amendments

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On the final day of Senate campaigning, both candidates are concentrating where the most votes are – along the Front Range. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck both were hitting the Denver area Monday on the eve of a close election. Buck was traveling in the opposite direction, starting in Fort Collins and… Continue Reading Senate candidates spend last day along Front Range

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A conservative Republican trying to unseat a rookie Democratic senator in Colorado is scrambling to explain his position on abortion in light of a ballot proposal to outlaw the procedure. Ken Buck, a tea party favorite challenging Sen. Michael Bennet, leads the incumbent in several polls and has drawn the support of abortion opponents for… Continue Reading Colo. Senate hopeful trips over abortion measure

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Colo. Senate candidates to hold 2nd debate

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A second Senate debate between Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck has been set for Friday. The Gazette newspaper and KOAA-TV are sponsoring the forum in Colorado Springs. Last weekend, Bennet and Buck debated for the first time in Grand Junction. The candidates sparred over government spending. Bennet says the nation needs to… Continue Reading Colo. Senate candidates to hold 2nd debate

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Democrats looking to keep a U.S. Senate seat in Colorado quickly shifted gears Wednesday after a divisive primary, angling for the political center and laying into Republican nominee Ken Buck as too conservative. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet even suggested he might distance himself from President Barack Obama after playing up his connections to the president… Continue Reading Colorado’s Senate slate already moving to center

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Bennet to face Buck in Senate race

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Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet successfully fended off a fierce primary challenge Tuesday, defeating rival Andrew Romanoff, who waged a relentless anti-establishment campaign. Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck, a tea party favorite, defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in the Republican primary. Bennet, who was appointed last year to the Senate and had White House… Continue Reading Bennet to face Buck in Senate race

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Legislation to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months broke free of Senate Republican delaying tactics today. Senators voted 60-40 to move ahead on the bill, clearing the way for a final Senate vote later on Tuesday. The measure would restore jobless checks for 2.5 million… Continue Reading Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

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