Governor John Hickenlooper released his 2012 budget today. It includes further cuts to higher education and K-12 schools, although not as deep as in the current budget. It also spares state workers from additional furloughs and does not call for any prison closures.
Closing arguments in Colorado’s congressional redistricting trial are scheduled for today. It’ll then be up to a judge to determine new congressional lines that will shape the state’s political landscape for the next decade. Every ten years the state must draw new districts to account for population shifts. But this year the state legislature couldn’t agree on a map, tossing it to the courts. KUNC’s State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland spoke to political reporters who’ve been covering the trial and analyzes what’s at stake.
Democratic Senator Mark Udall says he’s seeing a “sense of urgency” in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. Senator Udall traveled to Afghanistan as part of a U.S. Congressional Delegation this week to talk with military leaders, the intelligence community and senior Department of State Officials.