President Obama wrapped up his three-state western swing at the University of Colorado at Denver today, where he spoke to a crowd of mostly college students. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler has more on the president’s visit and his plan to give students more flexibility with their [...]

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Battle lines are being drawn over a ballot measure before voters this fall that would temporarily hike Colorado’s sales and income taxes to backfill millions of dollars in recent cuts to education. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports on a group of former and current Republican lawmakers [...]

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Organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge have predicted the event could draw up to a million spectators at stages from Gunnison to Steamboat Springs. Enthusiasm for the race and the sport of cycling appears to be at an all-time high in Colorado – but it’s already looking like those predictions about crowd sizes [...]

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As part of President Obama’s ambitious plan to have 80% of the country’s power come from renewable sources by 2035, the Administration wants to fast-track solar energy development across the Southwest. One of the Department’s so-called solar zones is in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, a remote, mostly poor farming region where the Interior [...]

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Public schools will likely bear the biggest brunt of the cuts if the Governor’s budget is approved by the legislature. Those cuts come at a time when many traditionally under-performing Colorado schools are starting to win praise for turning things around. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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Colorado’s 42nd Governor, Democrat John Hickenlooper, is pledging to obsessively promote the state to help boost the economy, and improve the quality of life for future generations. That was among several proclamations he made moments after being sworn in before a crowd of dignitaries, lawmakers, and members of the state’s supreme court. Statehouse correspondent Bente [...]

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Colorado’s incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet has fended off a fierce challenge from Andrew Romanoff in yesterday’s primary, while Tea Party favorite Ken Buck has prevailed in the Republican Senate primary. Buck’s victory follows a trend of GOP candidates nationwide running on the anti-establishment ticket. But Bennet keeping his seat is seen as a nod [...]

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There’s every indication that the 2010 midterm elections will be closely watched in battleground states like Colorado. For Republicans who are hoping to win back several key seats they’ve lost here recently, yesterday was a big day. National Republican Party Chair Michael Steele and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint both visited the state yesterday.

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With just a few weeks remaining in the session, Colorado lawmakers are hoping to wind down what’s been a lengthy and contentious debate over how to regulate the booming medical marijuana industry. Yesterday the public got what could be one of the last chances to weigh in on House Bill 1284. It would require dispensary [...]

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Colorado’s Republican Attorney General says the state will join at least eleven others in a lawsuit challenging the so-called individual mandate in the recently passed health care overhaul bill…and, Governor Bill Ritter is offering to sell state buildings if the state ever needs money to cover major emergencies.

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The Army decides to stop pursuing an expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, for now…and, Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says he’s still running for the US Senate race, and has no plans to drop out or run for governor.

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Environmentalists are concerned that Governor Ritter’s decision not to seek reelection could lead to the unraveling of a newly implemented slate of tougher rules on oil and gas drilling passed by his administration. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he won’t run for governor…and, Colorado Springs residents who prepaid 2010 stormwater fees will soon be getting refunds.

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Governor Bill Ritter ended all speculation and rumors by announcing today that he would NOT seek a second term as Colorado’s governor. The news first surfaced last night after a Washington-DC political blog broke the story. In the hours since, Colorado’s political community has been reeling. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station Continue Reading

Demand for emergency assistance programs is at historic highs. Colorado, for instance, has the fifth fastest growing caseload for food stamps in the country. That’s putting a strain on scores of human services agencies. And even as the economy begins to turn around, many worry things will get much worse, before they get better. As [...]

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The Governor’s race is just under a year away but some clear election themes are emerging. Among them is energy development and the role natural gas plays in the state’s economy. Governor Bill Ritter has long championed wind and solar power, but lately he’s also been touting natural gas as a clean burning fuel and [...]

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The Cold-War is long over, but sick workers who built weapons at nuclear facilities across the country–including the now defunct Rocky Flats plant–are still awaiting compensation claims they say the government owes them. Many have died while waiting on the federal program that handles the claims. Now two senators with family ties are [...]

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Coloradans will see an increase in vehicle registration fees thanks to a bill signed into law Monday by Governor Bill Ritter. State transportation officials say the new money is badly needed to address a backlog of critical road and bridge repairs. KUNC‘s Kirk Siegler reports for Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

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A democratic-backed effort to pump millions of dollars into fixing the state’s ailing transportation system cleared its first legislative hurdle earlier this week. Supporters of the so-called FASTER bill say the measure would create thousands of new jobs at a time when the economy is suffering, and the state’s roads and bridges are [...]

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Lawmakers will likely be in a grim mood at the state capitol this week. Tuesday, the Governor’s office is slated to reveal its 2009-2010 budget to the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. The state’s higher education system is bracing for the worst. Thirty million dollars has already been cut from this year’s budget. As Continue Reading

The state’s public university system is bracing for thirty million dollars in budget cuts this year. That’s according to a budget proposal released today by Governor Bill Ritter’s office that includes some two hundred million dollars in across the board cuts for state services. From KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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