Politics

7:00am

Tue March 25, 2014
Transportation Policy

Bid To Save The Southwest Chief Winds Through The Statehouse

Amtrak's Southwest Chief makes a stop March 5, 2006. The rails that run through New Mexico into Colorado and Kansas need repair, without it the line could be rerouted through Texas and Oklahoma.
Sheila Thomson Flickr - Creative Commons

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line runs through the towns of Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad - part of a longer passenger route stretching from Chicago to L.A. The rails are in need of major repairs and the upgrades are expected to be in the millions.

Part of a multistate effort, a measure is moving through the statehouse to try and find ways to finance the project and save the rail line.

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6:17pm

Thu March 20, 2014
It's All Politics

With Wind At Its Back, GOP Expands 2014 Senate Map

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:49 am

Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner officially announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at Denver Lumber Co. on March 1. Gardner will run against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.
Chris Schneider AP

Republicans seem to have all the momentum lately when it comes to the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

GOP chances were already looking brighter because of the drag on Democrats from the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's low approval ratings. Then came two developments that suddenly expanded the playing field: Former GOP Sen. Scott Brown recently announced his intent to run against New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner jumped in against Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

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8:00am

Thu March 20, 2014
Politics

Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke

Smokers in Old Town Fort Collins, in this file photo from May 2007.
Paul L. Dineen Flickr - Creative Commons

A bill to increase the smoking age in Colorado to 21 failed in the house finance committee Wednesday. One Democrat joined with Republicans to defeat the measure.

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5:10pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Positive Forecast Gives Colorado Budget Some Wiggle Room

Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado lawmakers learned Tuesday that the state’s economy is stronger than expected. That means they’ll have more money to spend in the 2015 budget.

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2:50pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Politics

Colorado Republicans Reshuffle In Advance Of Midterm Elections

Owen Hill’s departure largely clears the way for Republican Cory Gardner to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall. Gardner has one remaining GOP challenger, State Sen. Randy Baumgardner.
U.S. House of Representatives

Republican State Senator Owen Hill announced he’s dropping his bid for the office. Hill would have run against Republican Party frontrunner Cory Gardner for the chance to represent the GOP against incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. The move marks one of several reshuffling acts happening now in Colorado Republican races for national office.

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