Thursday, February 17, 2011

Colorado Political News Brief – 2.17.2011

Senate committee kills two immigration bills
As expected, two immigration measures sponsored by Republicans died Wenesday in a Democratic-controlled Senate committee….. Read More

Denver Mayor: Cut millions from Boulder-area transit projects
Denver Mayor Guillermo "Bill" Vidal is asking the Denver Regional Council of Governments to slash federal funding for six Boulder and Boulder County transit projects in order to pay for improvements to a Denver road -- leading some officials to say they've been blindsided by a close ally….. Read More

Shaffer opposes Hickenlooper’s education cuts
Senate President Brandon Shaffer made the first attempt by a legislator to oppose Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget reduction to K-12 education Wednesday — but didn’t specify where he could find $332 million to make up for that cut….. Read More

Candidates Mejia & Linkhart against Secure Communities
As concern for the recently executed Secure Communities program swirls amongst activist groups, some Denver mayoral candidates are coming out against the Department of Homeland Security program. They say the program gets in the way of justice and strains local governments with increased detention costs….. Read More

Kopp introduces business regulations bill
Colorado Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp has introduced a bill to examine a complete reform of the state’s regulatory system — a proposal that came partly out of a meeting that Kopp held with business groups before the start of this legislative session….. Read More

Betsy Markey off to Homeland Security
Former Rep. Betsy Markey will return to Washington to be the assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Homeland Security….. Read More

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