Purple Mountain Politics

Ryan Maye Handy is the legislative reporter for The Durango Herald. Email her at rhandy@durangoherald.com.

What’s happening this week in the Legislature

DENVER – Colorado’s legislative session is more than halfway done, but lawmakers have yet to give final approval to some of the most controversial legislation, including a “red flag” gun bill and...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Barbara McLachlan to seek re-election in 2020

Rep. Barbara McLachlan, a Democrat from Durango, will run for re-election in 2020, according to an affidavit submitted last month to the Colorado Secretary of State. McLachlan, a retired teacher,...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Bill would require mining companies to demonstrate they can mitigate pollution

Hardrock mining companies in Colorado may be required to demonstrate they can pay to treat polluted water and give a timeline for performing treatment before receiving permits, according to a bill...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Colorado Democrats want presidential elections decided by popular vote

DENVER – Democratic lawmakers want to add Colorado to a list of states bent on determining presidential elections on popular votes alone. Senate Bill 042, among the more unusual floating around the...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Polis creates office to tackle rising health care costs

Gov. Jared Polis has created of the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care, which will be dedicated to resolving the rising costs of treatment in hospitals, a growing opioid crisis and...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Southwest Colorado lawmakers queue up legislation for the year

Southwest Colorado’s legislators have begun the 72nd session proposing several bills that follow up on their mission to address a host of rural issues, including wildfire concerns, health care...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

La Plata rancher elected to oil and gas leadership post

Hesperus rancher Tom Compton was elected vice chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this morning. Compton has served on the nine-person commission since 2007, when the...

DATE: May 16, 2011 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Bipartisan boneheadedness: The 2011 Legislature’s worst moments

Colorado has a citizen Legislature, and sometimes it’s painfully apparent that not all of our lawmakers are full-time, professional politicians. With the 2011 legislative session (mercifully) over,...

DATE: May 11, 2011 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Tipton gets first challenger

A Pueblo woman is set to announce a run for Congress on Friday.Barring an unexpected move by the Legislature to redraw districts, she will be challenging incumbent Republican Scott Tipton of...

DATE: May 8, 2011 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Brown bear bill, Brown bear bill, what do you see?

The outlook for Rep. J. Paul Brown’s bear bill got a bit cloudy this morning when the House delayed a final vote.Based on Wednesday’s preliminary tally, the bill should pass 33-32. But one of the...

DATE: May 4, 2011 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Dems, GOP tell different stories on alleged Congressional compromise

Legislators are telling two different stories about their negotiations on Congressional redistricting.Democrats introduced a new plan today that closely matches the Republican proposal for the...

DATE: May 3, 2011 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Cheaters take heart: Senate removes crime

Cheating on your spouse might be a wretched thing to do, but it will no longer be a crime under a bill the Senate passed today.Senate Bill 244 repeals the crimes of adultery and promoting sexual...

DATE: May 1, 2011 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

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