Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson

Sara Wilson covers state government, Colorado's congressional delegation, energy and other stories for Newsline. She formerly was a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain, where she covered politics and government in southern Colorado.

At 26%, Colorado sees lower turnout ahead of Election Day than in last midterm

By: - November 3, 2022

Coloradans have returned 981,210 ballots as of midnight on Wednesday, according to data released by the secretary of state’s office Thursday afternoon. With five days until the general election, that means about 26% of the state’s active registered voters have sent their ballots in or voted in person. It is a dip from the last […]

Democrats top Republicans in fundraising as Election Day nears in Colorado

By: - November 3, 2022

Election Day is a little under one week away, but one thing is clear now: Democratic incumbents for statewide offices won the fundraising game by a long shot. They’ve pumped those dollars into slick television advertisements, pricey consulting and lots of internal research in the hopes of winning reelection and maintaining a Democrat in the […]

Gov. Polis presents Colorado budget proposal with high reserves in case of economic downturn

By: - November 1, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis released his budget proposal for the 2023-2024 fiscal year Tuesday, aiming to provide investments for things like public education, wildfire mitigation and public safety while considering a potential near-future economic downturn. In light of that uncertainty, the budget proposal protects 15% reserves and restrains operating growth to 7%. The total general […]

Gov. Polis releases 2021 tax return information following Republican opponent’s lead

By: - October 31, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his husband had an adjusted gross income of about $734,000 in 2021, according to a tax return cover sheet released by his campaign over the weekend. Polis, the Democratic incumbent running for reelection, released the single year of tax returns after his Republican opponent, Heidi Ganahl, released three years of […]

Hugh McKean

Colorado House Minority Leader Hugh McKean dies at 55

By: - October 30, 2022

Colorado House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, a Loveland Republican, has died at the age of 55, the Colorado House GOP caucus announced Sunday morning. “Today, the Colorado House Republicans sadly mourn the sudden and tragic passing of House Minority Leader Hugh McKean,” the GOP caucus said in a news release. “Hugh was fiercely passionate about […]

Far-reaching election theory before Supreme Court opposed by secretaries of state, including Colorado’s

By: - October 27, 2022

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold filed an amicus brief in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that could drastically reduce oversight on how state legislatures run federal elections. Griswold, along with 12 other secretaries of state, submitted the brief in Moore v. Harper on Wednesday. The other states represented are California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, […]

Governor candidate Ganahl releases tax documents showing $1.2 million in 2021 income

By: - October 26, 2022

Heidi Ganahl, the Republican candidate for Colorado governor, released three years of tax return documents on Tuesday night and urged her opponent, incumbent Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, to do the same. The Form 1040 filings show that Ganahl and her husband made about $1.2 million last year, $650,000 in 2020 and $366,000 in 2019. “I […]

Sen. Bennet urges USPS to put savings toward reducing mail delivery delays

By: - October 26, 2022

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is urging the country’s top postal officials to keep in mind specific mail-delivery improvements as they work to incorporate savings from a federal reform bill into operations. “As you plan for the cost savings and transparency measures from the Postal Service Reform Act, it is imperative that the U.S. […]

Ballot drop box intimidation will ‘not be tolerated,’ Colorado secretary of state says

By: - October 24, 2022

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is advising voters of their rights amid the possibility of intimidation as they return their ballots at a drop box, following encouragement from an election denial group for their members to physically watch ballot drop boxes. “There is no room for ambiguity when it comes to protecting every Coloradan’s […]

3 takeaways from 7th District debate between state Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Erik Aadland

By: - October 24, 2022

Democratic state Sen. Brittany Pettersen and Republican Erik Aadland participated in the only televised debate in the race to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District on Friday, as voters began to receive their mail-in ballots across the state. The debate was hosted by 9News, which has also hosted debates between candidates for attorney general, treasurer and […]

Pete Lee

Judge throws out illegal voting charge against state Sen. Pete Lee

By: - October 21, 2022

A judge dismissed an indictment against state Sen. Pete Lee on Friday that alleged he illegally voted in a March 2020 election. Judge Eric Bentley of the 4th Judicial District dismissed the case after deciding that false evidence unwittingly submitted to the grand jury by the El Paso County District Attorney played a large role […]

Colorado Supreme Court denies appeal in state Sen. Kevin Priola recall

By: - October 21, 2022

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a group seeking a recall election against state Sen. Kevin Priola, making it likely that any action will have to wait until the new year. The court denied the appeal on Oct. 18. A previous ruling in Denver District Court this month determined that recall […]