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Politics

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • Commissioners OK bike-lane requirement

    After delaying a vote three times, Jeffco’s county commissioners finally approved changes to transportation codes that will require striped bike lanes on certain roads.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Libby Szabo voted yes; Commissioner Don Rosier abstained, objecting to an interview Tighe gave to a Courier reporter amid the lengthy bike-lane saga.

  • Jeffco library's tax increase wins approval

    The county’s voters approved a 1-mill property-tax increase for the Jeffco Public Library in Tuesday’s election.

    Results showed the ballot measure prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

  • Jeffco commissioner, DA candidate concerned with high prison population

    One Jeffco official and a candidate for office told the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday morning that too many people are being jailed in the county.

    “I believe we are putting too many people in jail,” said Jake Lilly, Democratic candidate for Jeffco district attorney. “I’m running for DA to get the nonviolent prisoners out of jail.”

  • Neville considers bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican state Sen. Tim Neville is “doing a lot of praying and a lot of conversation with those that we know” to decide whether to jump into the race for U.S. Senate.

    Neville, whose Senate district covers Evergreen and Conifer, in addition to part of Littleton, is on a listening tour around the state as he gauges support for a U.S. Senate bid. He said he plans to make a decision in October about whether to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.

  • Neville decries EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    State Sen. Tim Neville called the EPA's recently released Clean Power Plan "crazy" at a town hall meeting in Conifer last Thursday evening. 

  • Evergreen lawyer challenging Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir

    An Evergreen attorney has filed to run as a Democrat and will challenge Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir, a Republican, in the November 2016 election.

    Jake Lilly, who runs his own criminal defense firm in Lakewood and lives in Evergreen, will be the first Democrat to run for DA since 2004. Weir, who ran unopposed in 2012 and succeeded fellow Republican Scott Storey, has already filed to run for a second term.

  • Candidates for school board seat tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

  • Critics of school board recall take issue with petition language

    The petition to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members levels several major accusations at the trio — and their supporters don’t agree with the language.

    Opponents of the recall effort, which is aimed at school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, have called the petition language inaccurate.

    Supporters of the recall disagree and say the petition language is both accurate and shows justification for their efforts.

  • Neville pushing parental rights bill

    State Sen. Tim Neville is moving forward with campaign promises to limit the authority of government with a parental rights bill that was approved by the Senate on Thursday. 

    Senate Bill 77, sponsored by the newly elected District 16 senator and other GOP legislators, would strengthen the authority of parents in the areas of education and health care for their children.