Recent political headlines
Newly declassified documents show that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Democrats have named a successor for Colorado State Senator Evie Hudak, who resigned rather than face a possible recall election because of her support for new gun control measures.
Deer Trail residents will not be voting today on drone hunting.
Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination.
Congress' easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon.
As required by Amendment 64, the state proposed a method and amount of taxation for recreational marijuana. Now that voters have approved it, the plan will create a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana when it is sold wholesale from a cultivation facility and a 10 percent sales tax on retail marijuana sold to individual consumers. That is in addition to the existing 2.9 percent state sales tax and does not include any taxes created and approved within a local municipality.
The first $40 million raised by the excise tax each year would be earmarked for public school construction. Excess money from the excise tax and most of the sales tax money would be dedicated to the regulation and enforcement of the rules created for recreational marijuana in light of Amendment 64's approval last year. 15 percent of the sales tax revenue would be sent to the cities and counties where retail marijuana purchases occur.
Voter also grants the legislature permission to adjust the excise and sales taxes in the future, with the requirement that they both cannot exceed 15 percent.
Amendment 66: Education finance changes rejected
Amendment 66 would have constitutionally and statutorily altered Colorado law to change how the state funds education, if voters had approved it.
The amendment would have raised the state individual income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent on the first $75,000 of taxable income. For higher earners, any income beyond the $75,000 would have been taxed at a rate of 5.9 percent.
Together, the two-tiered tax rate was projected to increase revenue for education by $950 million during the 2014-15 budget year. All of the additional revenue is to be deposited in a fund designated for increasing public education spending.
The amendment also would have required that at least 43 percent of state income, sales and excise tax revenue be set aside to pay for public education.
Since it failed, the constitutional requirement linking funding increases to the rate of inflation will stand and a new formula for allocating funding to school districts will not be implemented.
The 2013 State Ballot Information Booklet stated this new formula would have required funding for the last full school year to be $1 billion higher than it actually was.
51st State Initiative: Counties divided on secession
Voters in several northeast and eastern Colorado counties -- Weld, Elbert, Sedgwick, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Phillips, Logan, Lincoln, Washington and Yuma -- were not being asked if they want to secede, but rather if they want their county commissioners to pursue the idea.
The question read: "Shall the Board of County Commissioners of ___ County, in concert with the county commissioners of other Colorado counties, pursue becoming the 51st state of the United States of America?"
Voters in Moffat County, on the Western Slope, also voted on the idea.
Voters in 6 of the 11 rural counties that were voting on the issue have said no.
Under guidelines in the U.S. Constitution, North Colorado would have to get the consent of the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to move forward with forming its own state.
West Virginia was the last to separate and form a new state. That was 150 years ago, in 1863.