For the first time in years, the upcoming state budget will not be centered on making deep cuts. Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled his budget proposal yesterday. It doesn’t include any major cuts and instead asks lawmakers for more money for education and economic development projects. State employees would also see a pay raise. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
100,000 Coloradans have medical marijuana licenses now. Still, even though more patients can legally buy pot, arrests are UP by seven per cent. And data shows that minorities are arrested at higher rates than whites, even though they use the drug less. With an amendment to legalize marijuana on the ballot this fall, Colorado Public News’ Carol McKinley takes a look at the controversial issue.
Not only is Colorado a key swing state in the presidential election, this fall voters will also be deciding on a host of other races and issues. For instance, whether to legalize marijuana, and down ticket candidates that will determine the makeup of the Colorado state legislature. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about what’s at stake.
A new report shows tens of thousands of dollars in super PAC money going to the re-election campaign of Republican Congressman Scott Tipton. One of those PACs, the report says, has a single source of funding, a drilling company with controversial leases in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The Western Slope Constitutional Patriots meet up once a month in Delta county at various locations. The groups aligns themselves with the tea party movement and met with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot last April to talk discuss candidates, politics, ideas and the constitution.
Former state Rep. Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, is running as an independent on the ballot for House District 61 this year. The newly drawn House District 61 includes Summit, Lake, Pitkin, Gunnison and Delta counties. In this interview, Kathleen Curry talks about running as an unaffiliated candidate and the growing independent movement in the U.S.