Briefs

Housing costs top list of Colorado voters’ concerns, poll finds

BY: - May 24, 2022

Growing concerns among Coloradans about the high cost of living are being driven in large part by worries over rising housing costs, a poll released Monday by the Colorado Health Foundation found. Nearly a third of Coloradans fear they could lose their homes in the next year because they can’t afford rent or mortgage payments, […]

Irrigation

Polis signs bills to reduce groundwater use, fund water conservation projects

BY: - May 24, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed two bills into law that are aimed at conserving a precious and dwindling resource in the state: water. For the bill signings, the governor traveled to the San Luis Valley, an important agricultural region where farmers face mounting challenges from extreme drought driven by climate change. Republican Sens. Cleave […]

Tina Peters

Tina Peters discloses campaign spending on Mar-a-Lago travel, ‘2000 Mules’ tickets

BY: - May 23, 2022

A finance report filed last week indicates Colorado secretary of state candidate Tina Peters used campaign money to fund a trip to Florida to attend a screening of a documentary focused on baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election. On May 5, Peters attended a screening of “2000 Mules,” a film by […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border. The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction will stop […]

Progressive group alleges GOP attorney general candidate accepted illegal campaign donation

BY: - May 20, 2022

A recently filed campaign finance complaint alleges that Republican Attorney General candidate John Kellner accepted a contribution from a lobbyist during the legislative session, in violation of state campaign finance laws. The complaint, filed by left-leaning organization ProgressNow Colorado, shows that Kellner accepted a $500 contribution from Michael Fields on Jan. 27, 15 days after […]

Jan. 6 investigators want Georgia’s Loudermilk to explain pre-attack U.S. Capitol tour

BY: - May 20, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday asked Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia to appear before the committee to answer questions about a tour of the Capitol that Loudermilk gave the day before the assault. But Loudermilk and the top Republican on the House Administration […]

Denver police

New law provides $10M for local police agencies to address high-crime areas

BY: - May 20, 2022

A new state law provides $10.3 million for grants to help local police departments address high-crime areas. The Safer Streets Grant Program is being established through Senate Bill 22-1, which Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Thursday. It was a key priority for Polis and Democratic legislative leaders, but drew little support from Republicans. Sponsors […]

Under fire from Congress, FDA chief says baby formula shortage will improve soon

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Robert Califf told Congress Thursday that the infant formula shortage will likely begin to improve in the coming days, though he declined to explain to unhappy lawmakers why his agency didn’t act sooner on a whistleblower report that detailed safety issues at an Abbott Laboratories facility in Michigan.  […]

Jared Polis

Gov. Polis signs nurse staffing bill but wants to avoid fining noncompliant hospitals

BY: - May 18, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis signed a controversial bill to require minimum numbers of nursing staff at hospitals, but with a big caveat that suggests the new standards won’t be enforced. In a signing statement Wednesday, Polis said fees won’t be levied on noncompliant hospitals for at least the first year the new law is in effect. […]

Colorado House

Report says hundreds of state legislators have joined far-right Facebook groups

BY: - May 18, 2022

More than 1 in 5 Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report.  Together the lawmakers sponsored 963 bills during the most recent legislative sessions, said the group that wrote the report, which describes the far-right efforts as anti-human rights. The Institute for Research […]

Third ethics complaint filed against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters

BY: - May 18, 2022

Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission will review a third ethics complaint against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters involving substantial alleged gifts from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. The commission determined that the complaint was non-frivolous during its May 17 meeting. The complaint was filed by Anne Landman, a Grand Junction resident who filed the other two complaints […]

U.S. House passes bill requiring report on federal cyberattack response

BY: - May 18, 2022

The U.S. House has easily passed a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate its cybersecurity capability.  The House voted 313-105 Monday to approve the bill, sponsored by Nebraska Republican Don Bacon.  The vote escaped the typical partisan divide in Congress. Majorities of both parties supported the measure, with dozens of […]