Briefs

Dolly Parton’s free book program for kids expands in Colorado

BY: - December 2, 2021

A statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library means many young Coloradans will soon have access to free books. Each month, the Imagination Library mails free books to registered children from birth to age 5.  The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available for children ages 5 and under in every ZIP […]

Joe Neguse

End tissue donation policy that discriminates against gay men, write Neguse, Crow, Bennet

BY: - December 2, 2021

Despite a shortage of people consenting to donate corneas, heart valves, skin and other tissue after their death, the U.S. bars many gay and bisexual men from becoming tissue donors. Several dozen Democratic lawmakers, including U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and Jason Crow of Aurora, along with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, are calling on […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.  And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

Natural gas company cancels pipeline project championed by Colorado drillers, politicians

BY: - December 1, 2021

A proposal to build a major new natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southern Oregon has been officially dropped, its backers told federal regulators on Wednesday, finalizing the defeat of a project that had long attracted support from Colorado’s oil and gas industry and politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Jordan Cove […]

‘I see a war coming,’ says militia leader with Colorado GOP ties

BY: - December 1, 2021

A prominent Colorado Republican activist on Tuesday urged fellow conservatives to reject political violence and extremism, even as he claimed that the country is under threat from communist tyranny and on a path towards “civil war.” John Tiegen, a Marine veteran from Colorado Springs and founder of the United American Defense Force, made the comments […]

Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted nationwide by Louisiana judge

BY: - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking nationwide the Biden administration mandate requiring millions of health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. A suit challenging the mandate was led on behalf of multiple states by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, and U.S. Judge Terry Doughty granted the […]

Omicron variant spread has health officials preparing for its arrival in Colorado

BY: - November 30, 2021

The newly-sequenced omicron coronavirus variant hasn’t been discovered in the United States yet, but Colorado scientists are preparing to identify it as soon as it hits the state through lab sample sequencing and wastewater detection.  “It’s difficult to know when, so at this point we’re using all the tools we have … to make sure […]

Election fraud has hurt Republicans for decades, claims Colorado Senate candidate Hanks

BY: - November 30, 2021

A leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado claimed on Saturday that Republicans have lost elections at least as far back as the 1990s due to election fraud. Ron Hanks, a state representative who is running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in 2022, made the claim during an appearance on “Thanks-A-Thon,” a […]

New COVID omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic,’ Biden says

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans on Monday about the latest COVID-19 variant, describing it as “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” Biden did not announce any new travel restrictions or other federal actions during his brief remarks from the White House.  Instead, he urged Americans to get a booster […]

Reps. Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz

Boebert lashes out in call to Omar, refuses to apologize

BY: - November 29, 2021

In a Monday phone call, Colorado U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert didn’t apologize for her repeated anti-Muslim comments, according to the Minnesota congresswoman who was the target of those comments and the recipient of the phone call. “Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and […]

Second Colorado county clerk joins Hanks lawsuit seeking 2020 election ‘audit’

BY: - November 29, 2021

A second Colorado county clerk signed on to a lawsuit filed by state Rep. Ron Hanks against Secretary of State Jena Griswold as part of an effort to conduct a third-party “audit” of the 2020 election in the state. Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder was added as a plaintiff in the lawsuit in an amended […]

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]