Gold Dome: Hick Kicks Off Presidential Campaign

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John Hickenlooper made his first major speech as a presidential candidate last night. He made a case for himself as a moderate candidate, saying he would work to unite the country while also providing health care for all and “save our planet.”

A major oil and gas bill passed its second committee vote in as many days. It will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Commitee today.

Democrats introduced a bill yesterday to create a paid family leave program that would offer up to 12 weeks of time off for the birth of a newborn, receive treatment of an illness, help a sick family member or leave an abusive relationship.

The Joint Budget Committee agreed not to include $33 million for the Colorado READ Act, which has fallen short of its goals of addressing early student literacy. A bill is expected to come to address the program’s problems.

A Boulder-based company is jumping into the lab-grown meat market by starting with pet food.

A Denver District Court Judge said Colorado’s Hospital Provider Fee doesn’t violate TABOR and legislation to move it from a fee to an enterprise fund is also legal.

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis will retire from IAALS, an organization housed at the University of Denver focused on judicial reform and access to justice. She’ll be proceeded by a former Arizona justice.

Paul Manafort received a 47-month sentence for bank and tax fraud, well short of the 19- to 24-year sentencing guidelines. He has yet to be sentenced for two conspiracy counts.


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