DOUBLE VISION: Dual high-school/college programs boost Aurora, statewide grad rates

Edwin is a lover of all things computer-related. By summer, he’ll have graduated from an Aurora high school and won an associate degree from a local community college – all in just five years. For the first time, he and other students in a…

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold takes aim at ‘massive secret political spending’

Rep. Emily Sirota of Denver has filed a bill to limit campaign contributions in county races to $1,250 per person in the primary and general elections — that bill just passed out of committee — and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada has teamed with…

Top Colorado court rebuffs health, safety groups on oil-gas; Aurora lawmaker calls for legislative action

The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday that state law does not allow oil and gas regulators to make health and environmental protection their top priority, prompting Democrats who control the Legislature to call for changing the law. … Aurora House Rep. Mike Weissman, who…

SENTINEL ENDORSEMENTS: Considering integrity, transparency, health care, gun safety and education, our state House picks for 2018

Democratic Incumbent Mike Weissman has, from the get-go, offered thoughtful and measured approaches to legislating. He has a clear sense of the issues facing north-central Aurora and an equally clear sense of how to address them. His pragmatic approach to problems such as transportation,…

The Cause the Resistance Cares Most About Is Ending Voter Suppression

Another path forward is to create easier access for folks to get to their polling place. In Colorado, Representative Mike Weissman has introduced legislation that would give workers time off for any day of voting (not merely election day, as allowed for in current…

Colorado House Republicans offer amendments to remake civil rights commission

The House Judiciary Committee Tuesday voted 10-1 to draft a bill to extend the Colorado Division of Civil Rights and the civil rights commission for nine more years. … Noting he represents the most diverse city in the state, Democratic Rep. Mike Weissman of…

Electric cars and technology are upending transportation as we know it. But is Colorado prepared?

The House of Representatives last week passed a bill to require builders to offer homebuyers the option of installing the wiring needed to charge electric vehicles — similar to an existing requirement that they offer pre-wiring for solar panels. Rep. Mike Weissman, D-Aurora, said…

Guaranteed time off to vote gets initial OK

Who knew this was a law already? Coloradans are guaranteed by law two hours on Election Day to vote, almost enough time for a round of golf if you don’t have any friends. But that doesn’t really make sense anymore, since the legislature switched…

Lawmaker Wants To Protect Coloradans From Arbritration Clauses

Wells Fargo, which recently owned up to questionable banking practices, is also used a binding arbitration clause in the legitimate accounts victims had to avoid lawsuits stemming from the fake accounts they created. State Rep. Mike Weissman says the clauses are in the fine…

Fix more accurately tracks graduation rates for students in concurrent enrollment

The new bill, sponsored by Aurora Rep. Mike Weissman, will now mark students who stay the additional year for college credits as graduating high school on time. “By allowing students to make progress toward or even complete a two-year degree or certificate while still…