Panel Ignores Parents’ Right to Manage Their Children’s Education

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans killed a bill recognizing parents’ right to “opt out” their children from high-stakes standardized testing when Rep. Judy Solano’s HB12-1049 died on a 5-4 party-line vote today in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Federal law requires a 95 percent participation rate in standardized testing in every state,

Rep. Williams Wants Foreclosure Settlement Money To Counsel Struggling Homeowners

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) hailed today’s announcement that Colorado would receive a $204 million share of a $25 billion nationwide settlement with the top five mortgage lenders over abusive practices in foreclosures against millions of American homeowners. She asked that part of Colorado’s share go to expand a statewide foreclosure prevention

Panel Kills Rep. Hullinghorst’s Pay-as-You-Go Bill

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 (Denver) – Republicans threw fiscal conservatism out the window Wednesday night when a common-sense bill sponsored by Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Gunbarrel) to require the legislature to identify a specific source of funding for every new expenditure was defeated in the House Finance Committee. The party-line vote was 7-6. HB12-1039, dubbed Pay as

Lights, Camera, Action! House Passes Cinema Day Resolution

February 8, 2012

February 8, 2012 (Denver) – A bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders gathered on the west steps of the Capitol this morning for a rally to support film production in Colorado.  House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Assistant Minority Leader Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) were joined by cinema enthusiasts and film industry members to support