Gold Dome: Sen. Lucia Guzman Steps Down as Minority Leader

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Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman stepped down from her post leading the Democrats in her caucus with less than six weeks to go in her final legislative session. Assistant Minority Leader Leroy Garcia was elected in her place.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors urging them to seek the death penalty in cases involving large-scale drug traffickers. And those traffickers could include pot shop owners.

The Colorado Senate might have found compromise on its road maintenance funding issue by pushing a bond ask to 2019 and focusing surplus tax revenue to roads next year instead.

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to put an extra $200 million into education next year and another $100 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year, but a lot of that money could go to offset hits to districts from anticipated reforms to the state’s pension program and reductions in local tax revenue.

A $1.3 trillion plan to fund the federal government through the end of September won’t include protections for the recreational marijuana industry.

A lawyer for a former Denver employee suggested that public statements made by Mayor Michael Hancock in his video apology for sending inappropriate texts might have violated a settlement agreement between Wayne McDonald and the city.

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said he plans to appeal a court ruling that prevents him from cooperating with ICE by holding inmates who have posted bond for possible deportation.

John Down resigned as Trump’s lead lawyer in the special counsel’s investigation. The legal team will continue to cooperate with the Mueller probe.

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