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Newsline staff

In milestone, Polis ends health emergency executive orders, issues new one

By: - July 9, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday, citing the success of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, announced that he had ended health emergency executive orders related to COVID-19. Polis first declared a disaster emergency, a power granted to the governor by the Colorado Disaster Emergency Act, on March 10, 2020, and he has since issued […]

Bennet in call with supporters decries McConnell’s ‘abuse of the filibuster’

By: - June 23, 2021

Three southwestern Democratic U.S. senators during a private Zoom call with supporters on Tuesday suggested they were open to filibuster reform but stopped short of offering specifics on the kind of reform they would get behind. The senators — Michael Bennet of Colorado, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Mark Kelly of Arizona — are […]

Emergency Colorado election rules said to address threat of ‘sham audits’

By: - June 18, 2021

The Colorado secretary of state on Thursday announced the temporary emergency adoption of new rules that clarify and limit who is allowed to access voting equipment in Colorado. Secretary Jena Griswold said the new rules are necessary to prevent the kind of suspect election audits that are occurring or have been proposed elsewhere. “A third-party […]

Colorado wildfires: Latest updates on the 2021 fire season

By: and - June 17, 2021

Colorado experienced an active start to the 2021 wildfire season, with multiple large fires burning tens of thousands of acres across the state in late spring and early summer. The early wildfire activity came one year after more than 650,000 acres burned in Colorado’s worst fire season on record, prompting redoubled efforts by federal, state […]

Boebert’s alleged insurrection role will not be investigated by House ethics committee

By: - June 15, 2021

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics informed Rep. Lauren Boebert on Monday that it would not establish a subcommittee to investigate her alleged role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a letter from the Committee that Boebert released. One of Boebert’s own colleagues, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, had […]

LIVE AT THE LEG: Updates from the Legislature’s final days

By: - June 7, 2021

The 73rd Colorado General Assembly convened on Jan. 13, and it has since made a significant mark on the the lives of Coloradans. The three-day January meeting was a “soft opening,” and the Legislature, to allow time for COVID-19 case rates to decline, quickly adjourned before returning to work Feb. 16, a day before Gov. […]

More LGBT judges on Colorado appeals court than initially thought

By: - June 5, 2021

When Gov. Jared Polis announced the appointment of W. Eric Kuhn to the Colorado Court of Appeals, the governor highlighted that the appointment was made during Pride Month. The announcement came Thursday. “With this announcement at the beginning of pride month, the diversity of the Court of Appeals is increased with the addition of their […]

Want to win $1M? You could if you’re vaccinated in Colorado.

By: - May 25, 2021

Colorado officials are betting that a chance to win big money will persuade residents to get vaccinated. Gov. Jared Polis during a news briefing Tuesday announced a series of drawings in which Colorado adults could win $1 million. The main criteria? Be vaccinated for COVID-19. “May the odds be ever in your favor,” Polis said, […]

Colorado redistricting commissions identify sources of preliminary map data

By: - May 18, 2021

The commissions charged with redrawing political maps in Colorado have determined what preliminary population data they will use in the unexpected temporary absence of definitive data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In April, the commissions received apportionment data, which indicated that during the last decade the state’s population grew from 5,044,930 to 5,782,171 people. This […]

Polis signs budget

Gov. Polis signs ‘the very best’ budget for 2021-22 in Colorado

By: - May 17, 2021

The Colorado budget for 2021-22 is in the books. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed Senate Bill 21-205, also known as “the long bill,” which details a $34.1 billion budget for the state starting July 1, when the fiscal year begins. The main story of the budget is the extraordinary shift it made from […]

You can toss your mask if you’re vaccinated, Colorado officials say

By: - May 14, 2021

A news briefing from Gov. Jared Polis on Friday had a beginning-of-the-end flavor as he announced a shift in Colorado to a largely mask-free new phase of the pandemic. At one point, Polis said, “The pandemic is not yet over, but if you are vaccinated it is largely over for you.” Based on new guidance […]

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Rep. Lamborn took ‘dangerous approach’ to pandemic, former staffer’s lawsuit claims

By: - May 14, 2021

A former staffer of Rep. Doug Lamborn is suing the office of his former employer in federal court, claiming Lamborn took “a reckless and dangerous approach” to protecting office workers from COVID-19, among other complaints. Plaintiff Brandon Pope, a Colorado Springs resident and retired Marine captain, was fired by Lamborn’s chief of staff, Dale Anderson, […]