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"These misstatements and erroneous facts ... are not peripheral to the charges sought," Attorney David Kaplan said in the motion. "They are a material misrepresentation of the facts used to obtain an indictment." Continue Reading

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What led to the lawsuit were complaints that Suzanne Staiert and PTI filed with both the Secretary of State's office and the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. The complaint with the Secretary of State alleged Joe Salazar, who served three terms in the Colorado House but decided in 2018 to run for Attorney General, engaged in lobbying in 2019 without registering as a lobbyist. The ethics complaint claimed Salazar violated a provision in Amendment 41, the state ethics law, that bans former lawmakers from lobbying for two years after they leave office. Continue Reading

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Darren Thornberry took his act on the road recently, switching from work as a legislative editor in the Office of Legislative Legal Services to communications for the Public Employees Retirement Association. He's also been a freelance writer and editor for 26 years, with bylines in several l… Continue Reading

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Future agricultural producers on Tuesday showed off their livestock — and their ability to make the sale — in hopes of finding willing bidders from business leaders, elected officials, political insiders and others at the Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair. Continue Reading

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Born in the mid-1980s when the auction was in danger of being canceled because no one was bidding on the champion animals raised by 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth, Rustlers soon inspired competing civic-minded groups from throughout the state, which have together raised more than $12 million to help young Coloradans pursue careers in agriculture. Continue Reading

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Voter registration in the old Senate District 25 favored Democrats by nearly 8,000 over Republicans, and with more than 44,000 unaffiliated voters. Voter registration in the new Senate District 13 is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, about 20,000 each, with unaffiliated voters numbering more than 38,000. Continue Reading

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At least a dozen Colorado legislators and an untold number of state employees have personally benefitted from buying an electric vehicle the past few years, not only in the associated savings in fuel costs but also in the hundreds — sometimes thousands — of additional dollars they’ve claimed in taxpayer-funded mileage reimbursements. Continue Reading

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State Sen. Kevin Priola announced Monday he will switch party affiliation and become a Democrat, throwing a major monkey-wrench into his former party's ambitions of taking control of the state Senate. Priola's announcement prompted one rating service to change its forecast for the state Sena… Continue Reading

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Several of Colorado's water experts on Thursday noted that the federal government's plan for tackling dwindling Colorado River reservoirs is "light" on the next steps but that the river's condition also offers opportunities to boost resiliency among Western states. Continue Reading