Photo detail

Colorado House District 57 Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale

Stories this photo appears in:

Rep. Bob Rankin: Legislative session still going strong

The session will end May 7. We’ve passed 114 bills and killed 118. There probably are another 250 bills in the system, so it will be a busy month.

Under the Dome — Rep. Bob Rankin: Bustling importance happening at Capitol

We’re midway through the 2014 legislative session and there’s plenty of animated controversy, bad and good bills and elegant elocution. And most of us are running for office. What an experience.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Legislative session moving fast

My side of the aisle continues to ask for repeal of the controversial gun control laws from last year that led to two recall elections. We also want the mandates for renewable energy quotas for rural energy modified to be achievable and include hydro, but these efforts are being defeated on party line votes.

Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus meets for 1st time

The Colorado Legislative Rural Caucus met for the first time Monday, hosting a panel discussion about rural telecom issues.

Rep. Bob Rankin: This legislative session

It’s been a busy, exciting and motivating couple of weeks. I was in Craig, Parachute, Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale for town hall meetings and then we had a typical winter driving experience as we moved to a Denver apartment for the start of the 2014 legislative session.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Working for western Colorado

Under the dome

I’m once again struggling with the question of how to best represent western and rural Colorado. While it’s certainly an honor to be a state representative, it’s also true that we are outnumbered and outrepresented by the east slope urban corridor. Add that most rural legislators are members of the minority party. It’s important that we choose our battles carefully. I’ve chosen to get broadly but deeply involved in budgeting and technology across the many state programs so that I can detect potential impacts to western Colorado and work for our interests.

Rep. Bob Rankin: School funding and its intricacies statewide

This November, Colorado citizens will vote for or against the first progressive income tax and the largest income tax increase in the state’s history. The new tax will raise about $1 billion each year to increase funding for K-12 public schools and new pre-K-12 programs. The legislation that the new funding supports also changes the formula by which money is distributed to school districts in Colorado.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Upcoming legislative session will have its challenges

Folks who I meet with are starting to ask what I think the session will be like next year. Will it be as divisive and downright hostile as the 2013 session? Or will the fact that it’s a campaign year soften the bills and the rhetoric? The 2014 session is bound to be dominated by the residual effects of the partisan controversial bills from 2013. There’s still unfinished business resulting from at least four of the big bills from last year.

Bob Rankin: We need honest compromise

It seems that some crisis always is upon us. Our fellow Coloradans on the Front Range have suffered fires and floods of historic proportions. And now the federal government has shut down because of the debate on Obamacare. While we sympathize and pray for our fellow citizens and closely monitor the news on the shutdown, some crises affect our daily lives more directly than others. I’m proud of our state agencies, the National Guard and the federal resources that came to the rescue and support of flood victims, and I read with great concern the ongoing daily reports and developments.

Rep. Bob Rankin: Public lands issues are unique to western Colorado; pay attention, feds

It’s impossible to represent and listen to folks in the northwest corner of Colorado without feeling the impacts of federal land management decisions. The socio-economic impact of federal decisions on the local communities of western Colorado is enormous. This month’s column focuses on that single, critical issue.

Out from Under the Dome: Important issues to follow

During the summer, I’ve been on a commission that’s mission is to “oversee” the implementation of House Bill 1303. This is the new law to “strengthen the participation of individuals in the election process.”

Rep. Bob Rankin: Under the dome

I’ve now had a new experience under the golden dome of the Capitol, almost completely shrouded for renovation. Last week, the House debated the budget known as the “long bill.” I honestly don’t know how to describe it except to say it felt more like a partisan bickering session over how to spend a lot of new money on old programs than it resembled a real budget. It passed at 11 p.m. Friday.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.