Coffman’s not giving up on replacing Obamacare, says Republicans have to keep their promise

Just before the U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday afternoon, the bill was pulled due a lack of support.

US Congressional candidate Mike Coffman waits to speak at the American Legion Depaerment of Colorado in Lowry. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) mike coffman; copolitics; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite; politics; election;
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Rep. Mike Coffman isn’t giving up on the dream of repealing the Affordable Care Act just yet, despite Republican leadership pulling their replacement plan Friday afternoon.


U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet mum for now on possible Gorsuch filibuster

A number of top Senate Democrats have come out as no votes on Judge Neil Gorsuch, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would lead a filibuster.

Senator Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Senator Michael Bennet on Election Night 2016 at the downtown Denver Westin. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

A number of top Senate Democrats have come out as no votes on Judge Neil Gorsuch, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would lead a filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Where does Sen. Michael Bennet come down on this issue? Bennet’s spokeswoman wasn’t ready to say anything on the record Thursday.


“Bipartisan” transportation measure passes out of committee with no Republican votes

The bill, which needs to get past the Republican-controlled Senate and Colorado’s tax-averse voters, came out of committee a bit different than it went in.

The Colorado House Transportation Committee meets on HB-1242, a bipartisan measure to ask voters if they'd raise sales tax to boster infrastructure speding, March 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) capitol; copolitics; house of representatives; transportation committee; development; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverie; colorado;
The Colorado House Transportation and Energy Committee heard testimony for nearly seven hours on HB 1242, a bill that would ask voters to raise sales tax to pay for infrastructure spending. March 22, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

In a hearing that stretched for more than seven hours Wednesday and included testimony from more than 70 speakers, the House Transportation Committee advanced HB 1242, the compromise transportation funding measure, on an 8-5 party line vote.

“After many, many years of kicking the can down the road, now in 2017, we will finally be asking our voters to approve a sustainable, predictable, long-term funding system,” state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat and chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee, said in urging her colleagues to vote yes.

Only the Democrats did, though.