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Late-night disagreement turns into threat of physical violence by Rep. Ron Hanks, witnesses say

Hanks, R-Cañon City, allegedly threatened violence against House Republican leader Hugh McKean of Loveland during a late-night strategy session, witnesses said.

DENVER — In a sign that the waning days of the General Assembly's session are fraying nerves everywhere, a disagreement over party strategy escalated Friday.

Rep. Ron Hanks, R-Cañon City, allegedly threatened violence against House Republican leader Hugh McKean of Loveland during a late-night strategy session.

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For nearly nine hours Republicans staged a filibuster over House Bill 1312, which would raise the exemption limit for business personal property taxes and pay for it by increasing taxes on insurers, oil and gas companies and the coal industry.

Multiple eyewitnesses told Colorado Politics that the dustup started in a brief, late-evening caucus meeting.

Sources said Hanks wanted to keep the filibuster going.

But when the caucus returned to the House floor, sources said Hanks told McKean he would "break your neck." As of Monday morning, Hanks had not apologized.

> Continue reading this story on ColoradoPolitics.com

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