Author

Faith Miller

Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Voting rights resolution passes state House, Senate over GOP protests

By: - January 19, 2022

Over protests from Republicans, the state Senate and House of Representatives each passed a resolution urging Congress to pass voting rights legislation and reaffirming that the 2020 presidential election was valid. Senate Memorial 22-1 was sponsored by Sens. James Coleman and Julie Gonzales, both Democrats from Denver. The resolution passed on a vote of 20-13, […]

Aurora Municipal Court

Court text reminders would become automatic under proposed state law

By: - January 18, 2022

Nowadays, it’s common to receive an automated text message a few days before the appointment you scheduled weeks or months ago — and might have completely forgotten about. That text might say something like, “Hey, you’ve got a dentist appointment next Tuesday at 9 o’clock,” said state Sen. Pete Lee, a Colorado Springs Democrat. Forgetting your […]

Jared POlis

Gov. Polis in optimistic State of the State speech: ‘I’m feelin’ ’22’

By: - January 14, 2022

Thursday morning marked the occasion of Gov. Jared Polis’ second State of the State speech since the novel coronavirus was first reported in Colorado, and the last such address of Polis’ first term as governor. Lifting up recent legislation as proof of Democrats’ willingness to “save people money” and help the state recover from the […]

Election-year legislative session kicks off with politics on full display

By: - January 13, 2022

Colorado’s 2022 legislative session kicked off as scheduled on Wednesday against a backdrop of record-breaking COVID-19 infections and as Democrats — who enjoy a comfortable majority — promised to focus on public safety, education and the rising cost of living. Republicans unveiled their own policy agenda, which would deploy different strategies aimed at solving the […]

Democratic news conference

Gov. Polis and Democrats unveil 2022 legislative platform

By: - January 11, 2022

Colorado Democrats — who control the state Senate, House of Representatives and governor’s office — unveiled their election-year legislative platform during a Monday press conference. Democrats hear Coloradans’ concerns about the rising cost of living and “have a plan to make it easier to get by,” House Speaker Alec Garnett said on the steps of the Colorado  […]

Colorado Capitol

Colorado Democrats plan to tackle K-12 education, high cost of living in upcoming session

By: - January 10, 2022

It’s getting more expensive to live in Colorado, a fact that Republicans are counting on to help them in a midterm election year. State GOP leaders held a news conference in August at a Denver gas station, seeking to call attention to rising fuel prices and blame Democrats — who control the state Senate, House […]

Catholic Church

Lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse filed against Archdiocese of Denver

By: - January 7, 2022

At least one lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy has been filed in Colorado following the passage of a new law last year. On Monday, Colorado resident Brian Barzee sued the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, alleging exploitation and sexual abuse by a former priest during his time at St. Andrew’s Preparatory Seminary […]

State lawmaker sets sights on untraceable ‘ghost guns’

By: - January 5, 2022

Unlike after previous mass shootings, Democratic state lawmakers largely refrained from calling for legislative action in the immediate wake of a Dec. 27 shooting spree, which officers have described as a series of five targeted killings. Some expressed their condolences to the five victims’ families and shared resources for the community. But one Denver Democrat […]

Colorado kids could get bigger say in abuse and neglect cases

By: - January 4, 2022

Makita Cotto got home from school one day to face unwelcome news from her foster mother. A judge had forbidden Cotto, who was 15 at the time, from ever speaking with her biological mother or brother. “If I did, then I was facing contempt of court at 15,” Cotto, now 36, recalled. She immediately got […]

One person previously missing in Marshall Fire found alive and well; two people still missing

By: - January 2, 2022

One person who was missing after the Marshall Fire has been located alive and well, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle announced at a midday news conference, which was held at the sheriff’s office and streamed live on Facebook. On Saturday, Pelle said three people were missing and believed to be dead. Sunday’s announcement, however, means […]

FEMA assistance available for Boulder County residents; 1 of 3 missing people accounted for in Marshall Fire

By: - January 2, 2022

Federal help is available for those who lost their homes or businesses in the Marshall Fire, the most destructive in Colorado history. To apply for cash assistance beyond what their insurance will cover, people can visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. The Marshall Fire began late Thursday morning amid high-speed […]

Rally for Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

Gov. Polis reduces prison sentence for truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

By: - December 31, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday reduced the prison sentence of truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos — whose original punishment sparked international outcry — from 110 to 10 years. Aguilera-Mederos, a 26-year-old Cuban immigrant, was found guilty on 24 counts earlier this month in a fatal crash on Interstate 70 that killed four people in 2019. District […]