Special prosecutor named in airport gun arrest of Colorado Rep. Lori Saine because of Denver DA’s conflict

The Boulder County District Attorney’s office has been named as a special prosecutor in the airport arrest last week of Colorado Rep. Lori Saine because Denver’s top prosecutor worked with Saine in the state legislature. Provided by Denver JailLori Saine “(Denver) District Attorney Beth McCann and Representative Saine were fellow legislators in the Colorado General Assembly,” McCann’s office said in a written statement Monday morning. “The two worked closely together

Lawmakers want to fine those responsible for pipeline damage in Colorado as part of safety effort

Joshua Polson, The Greeley TribuneA plume of gas rises out of a field near a farm on Tuesday along Weld County Road 47 near the intersection of Weld County Road 60 1/2 east of Greeley. Emergency crews closed down the area until the leak could be brought under control. Responding to growing concerns over gas pipeline safety, a bipartisan group of legislators is proposing a plan to create a new state

Here are the three women Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose from to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has less than a week to decide on one of three women nominated to fill an empty seat on the Colorado Supreme Court, a decision that will shape the powerful panel for years — if not decades — to come and help define his legacy. A judicial nominating commission late last month put forth three names for the term-limited Democrat to choose from: Marcy Glenn of

Grand Junction city councilman drops bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton citing “family health issues”

A Grand Junction city councilman is halting his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, saying undisclosed “family health issues” will require his attention moving forward. “To all those who have supported me during this process I am humbled by your generosity and selflessness and friendship,” Democrat Chris Kennedy said in a Wednesday Facebook post. “I could not in good conscious continue this campaign knowing that I would not be

Colorado lawmaker accused of having loaded gun in bag at DIA was second person in 12 months arrested for the crime

Provided by Denver JailLori Saine State Rep. Lori Saine, arrested for trying to bring a loaded semiautomatic handgun through a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport, was released from the downtown jail on a personal recognizance bond Wednesday afternoon. Denver County Court Judge Andrea Eddy also authorized her to travel outside of Colorado. Saine travels frequently for her work, according to her lawyer, Randy B. Corporon. Saine, who was wearing light brown

Colorado lawmaker knowingly brought loaded semiautomatic handgun to DIA checkpoint, documents say

Denver JailLori Saine A Colorado state lawmaker who was arrested Tuesday at Denver International Airport knowingly brought a loaded semiautomatic handgun to a security checkpoint, according to arrest documents. State Rep. Lori Saine, a Weld County Republican, had four rounds of ammunition in her 9mm gun’s magazine but none in the chamber, according to arrest documents from the Denver Police Department. Saine was arrested at 1:45 p.m. on suspicion of

Hickenlooper says he’s frustrated, baffled that Congress hasn’t renewed Children’s Health Insurance Program

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday renewed his call for Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, expressing exasperation and bewilderment that funding for the bipartisan children’s health care program had been allowed to expire in the first place. “How did we get to this point?” Hickenlooper said on a Tuesday afternoon conference call with reporters. “To be honest, no one has explained to me why (it hasn’t been renewed).

Colorado state lawmaker arrested at Denver International Airport on suspicion of having gun

A Colorado state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Denver International Airport on suspicion of bringing a gun into the hub. Denver police say Rep. Lori Saine, a Weld County Republican, is being held for investigation of introducing a firearm into a transportation facility. State. Rep. Lori Saine “The investigation is ongoing, so additional details are not available for release at this time,” police said in a written statement. “At

Search for solutions intensifies at schools, statehouse after another Colorado child commits suicide

As the tragic circumstances of a Colorado fifth-grader’s suicide draws widespread attention, two state lawmakers said Friday they plan to introduce legislation next year aimed at helping schools try to prevent such cases. “I want to have a conversation that 10-year-olds die by suicide,” state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet told Chalkbeat. “And we need to be doing more to help them.” Related ArticlesNovember 30, 2017 Death of 10-year-old Aurora girl

Colorado could soon officially make truckers a part of the fight against human trafficking

Truckers have long been the eyes and ears of the road, and the industry and Colorado lawmakers want to officially put that perspective to use as the state continues its growing battle against human trafficking. A proposal next year would do that through legislation by requiring all new commercial driver’s license candidates in the state to go through a course teaching them how to identify the tell-tale signs of trafficking.

If Front Range passenger train proponents get their way, they hope to be rolling across Colorado in 7 to 15 years

Proponents of Front Range passenger train service on Friday presented their first timeline for when — should funding become available — they hope to be rolling from Trinidad in the south to Fort Collins in the north. Provided by the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail CommissionA look at the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission’s plans. As part of an $8.7 million request from the Colorado

Colorado lifts restrictions for treating hepatitis C patients; no longer need to have advanced liver damage to receive drugs

Colorado soon will begin treating needy hepatitis C patients with the latest antiviral drugs instead of waiting until they are sick enough to qualify. Friday’s decision by the state Medicaid department comes in the midst of a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and after top health officials asked the department to lift restrictions that determined which patients could receive life-altering treatment. It also comes

Colorado can’t weather even a moderate recession, analysts warn, much less a financial disaster

The success that has given Colorado one of the strongest economies in the U.S. has masked a troubling reality: Its state government is, by one key fiscal benchmark, among the least prepared for the next recession. The deficiency isn’t for lack of trying. Under Gov. John Hickenlooper, state lawmakers have more than tripled the size of the state’s rainy-day fund from its 2010 low. And he has requested an even larger

Republican appointed to Colorado legislature apologizes for Facebook posts that criticized blacks, Muslims

A southeast Colorado Republican appointed to the state legislature this week has apologized for Facebook posts that were critical of African Americans and Muslims and which drew concerns from top state party officials. Judy Reyher (Photo courtesy of Judy Reyher) “I would like to apologize for the comments or posts on Facebook that have been found offensive and racist,” Judy Reyher said in a statement emailed to The Denver Post. “However, the

Formal complaints of sexual harassment filed against Colorado Sens. Baumgardner and Tate

Formal complaints were filed this week alleging sexual harassment by state Sens. Randy Baumgardner and Jack Tate, according to a media report, while a legislator on Thursday announced he would try to remove state Rep. Steve Lebsock from office for accusations of unwanted sexual advances. A former legislative aide alleged in a complaint filed Sunday that Baumgardner, a Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs, slapped and grabbed her buttocks about four

A third Democrat announces he’s running for 3rd Congressional District seat held by Scott Tipton

Provided photoKarl Hanlon Glenwood Springs chief legal counsel Karl Hanlon has announced that he is running as a Democrat for the 3rd Congressional District seat current held by fourth-term Republican Scott Tipton.   “Over the last several months, I have spoken with many people about the challenges we face in western and southern Colorado. In those conversations, the thing I’ve heard over and over is that people are feeling ignored

Republican appointed to Colorado legislature questions if Obama was born in U.S., has made critical posts about blacks, Muslims

A southeast Colorado Republican appointed this week to a vacant seat in the state legislature questions if former President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. and has criticized African Americans and Muslims on her Facebook page, actions that have garnered pushback from top state party officials. Speaking to The Denver Post, Judy Reyher, of Swink, also said that “the black community and the Democrats are the most racist group of

In wake of sexual harassment allegations, Rep. Steve Lebsock resists calls for resignation, saying “the truth will come out”

Shrugging off calls for his resignation in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, state Rep. Steve Lebsock this week escalated his criticisms of Democratic Party leaders and said he would remain in office while investigations into two formal complaints against him proceed. “Ultimately the truth will come out,” Lebsock, a Democrat from Thornton, wrote in a lengthy statement posted to his campaign website. State Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and two other

Colorado Republicans choose replacement for state lawmaker who left her post to join Trump administration

Colorado Republicans have chosen who will replace former state Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo at the legislature after she stepped down from her post earlier this month to take a job in the Trump administration. Judy Reyher, of Swink, was appointed Monday night to fill the House District 47 seat, which spans Pueblo, Otero and Fremont counties. Reyher served as chair of the Otero County Republican Party for 10 years before stepping

After eight-year run as Greeley’s mayor and decades in government, Tom Norton reflects on a life in the public eye

He was Greeley’s mayor for eight years, the president of the Colorado Senate and director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, but Tom Norton said if there was a “most likely to” line in his high school yearbook, it might have predicted a future working at a filling station. That’s probably not entirely true. After all, Norton, a four-year varsity wrestler in Lander, Wyo., was voted president of his class