The Colorado General Assembly adjourned this week, but legislators took their favorite bills to the wire. Meanwhile, a well-known Colorado politician heard his name called from the White House to step into what’s sure to be political chaos of the highest caliber in a wild week in Colorado politics.
These are the stories the staff of Colorado Politics thinks you need to keep in mind after a chaotic week in Denver and D.C.
1. Session screeches to a stop with little in the tank for transportation
The 120-day legislative session wrapped up Wednesday with transportation receiving a fraction of what legislators vowed to dedicate to it.
2. Tough guy or stooge: What kind of FBI chief would Suthers be?
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is said to be on the White House’s short list for the seat left open when President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Colorado leaders sized up his chances and assets to be the nation’s top G-man.
3. Weiser takes inside track in AG’s race with big-name backer
Never heard of Paul Weiser? You know who has heard of him? Endorser and Colorado Democratic kingmaker Ken Salazar, the former AG, U.S. senator and Obama cabinet member. Weiser also is a former Obama adviser.
4. Lights dim for Energy Office after Senate GOP flips the switch
One of the biggest losers of the session was the Colorado Energy Office and state funding for renewable energy programs. Senate Republicans wanted to steer money into such programs as hydropower and nuclear energy, but instead they drove the bill off a cliff.
5. Late-night GOP chat puts up roadblock on oil-and-gas mapping
A late-session bill to provide maps of underground oil-and-gas operations to the public, and especially local land planners, couldn’t make it out of the House after Republicans ran out the clock on it Monday night. The bill stemmed from a fatal house explosion in Firestone on April 17.