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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

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

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Colorado weddings could qualify for a 10% rebate from the government

By: - August 13, 2021

For Coloradans eager to tie the knot in style, scheduling a high-end wedding before 2023 could come with a financial boon. That’s because new state legislation provides a 10% cash rebate for certain “hard costs” associated with eligible meetings and events, including weddings, that take place from July 1, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2022. The […]

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Mesa County clerk allegedly allowed unauthorized person to attend election software upgrade

By: - August 12, 2021

Days after her office began investigating an alleged breach of election security protocols, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said the Mesa County clerk appears to have allowed an unauthorized person to attend a software upgrade for the county’s election system. After that person allegedly leaked system passwords, Mesa County voting equipment is no longer […]

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Secretary of state begins inspecting Mesa County voting equipment

By: - August 11, 2021

Representatives from the Colorado secretary of state’s office began inspecting election equipment Tuesday in Mesa County as the county clerk, whose office is alleged to have allowed a “serious breach” of election security, left town to participate in an event hosted by Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, in South Dakota. The local district attorney’s […]

Former Olympic athlete Eli Bremer announces candidacy for Bennet’s Senate seat

By: - August 10, 2021

Eli Bremer, a consultant and former Olympic athlete, officially launched his 2022 Senate campaign on Tuesday. The Colorado Springs Republican seeks the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who has served since 2009. “Having twice worn the uniform of our nation — in the military and in the Olympics — I […]

51 attorneys general unite against robocalls, call for FCC action

By: - August 9, 2021

“We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty.” Sound familiar? It’s a phrase many people know by heart, thanks to the proliferation of unwelcome robocalls. From July 2020 through June 2021, the Federal Trade Commission fielded 114,000 complaints from Coloradans who received unwanted sales calls despite having signed up for the FTC’s […]

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Behavioral health task force prepares to tackle mental health, overdose crises in Colorado

By: - August 9, 2021

When state Sen. Brittany Pettersen saw Colorado’s 2020 overdose death toll — the worst in at least 20 years — she thought of the families of those lost. “We didn’t have the system set up to deal with that increase in need, and we’re never going to get those people back,” said Pettersen, a Lakewood […]

Repeating false claims about fraud, dozens oppose changes to Colorado election-audit rules

By: - August 6, 2021

On June 17, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that her office had “just issued rules prohibiting sham election audits in the State of Colorado.” “We will not risk the state’s election security nor perpetuate The Big Lie,” she added, referring to the false claim that the 2020 presidential election […]

Report: 80% vaccination of Colorado adults would prevent hundreds of COVID-19 hospitalizations this fall

By: - August 4, 2021

It’s a fact: Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces the chances that someone could fall ill or end up in the hospital with the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. But infectious-disease experts at the Colorado School of Public Health wanted to figure out exactly how many hospitalizations could be avoided under various vaccination scenarios. […]

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No mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases, but officials urge vaccination

By: - August 2, 2021

Like many other states, Colorado is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as students prepare to return to school. But state and local leaders who gave public briefings on Monday appeared unlikely to impose new mask mandates or limit capacity at businesses and events anytime soon. From July 26 through Aug. 1, […]

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Broomfield City Council refers ranked-choice voting to November ballot

By: - July 20, 2021

Within a few years, voters in several Colorado cities could be filling in bubbles next to the names of multiple candidates running for the same office in a local election. A new state law makes it easier for cities and towns to implement ranked-choice voting, which is sometimes called instant runoff voting. The process allows […]

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Colorado first in nation to require web accessibility for government

By: - July 20, 2021

To the state lawmaker who sponsored legislation for people with disabilities, the success of House Bill 21-1110 is the perfect example of why “representation matters.” After freshman Democratic Rep. David Ortiz of Littleton was elected in 2020, he became the first person who uses a wheelchair to serve in the Colorado General Assembly. This year, […]

Largest jump in Colorado overdose deaths in more than 20 years, data show

By: - July 15, 2021

Fatal drug overdose deaths increased approximately 38% in Colorado from 2019 to 2020, according to preliminary federal data from the National Vital Statistics System. That’s the largest year-over-year increase in Colorado overdose deaths since at least 2000, and is worse than the U.S. average. The nation as a whole experienced a 29% increase in overdose […]