Briefs

DeGette among Democrats who propose bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines nationwide

BY: - January 31, 2023

In light of a rising number of mass shootings the country has seen in recent weeks, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, and two Democratic colleagues put forward another push to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines nationwide. The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of holding […]

Increased penalties for car theft proposed in bipartisan Colorado bill

BY: - January 30, 2023

Colorado lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill Monday that aims to combat auto theft in the state by making any vehicle theft a felony, regardless of the value of the stolen car. “Right now, the severity of the penalty for stealing a car depends on the value of the vehicle. This simply doesn’t make sense,” state […]

Senators get meeting with defense secretary, push to keep Space Command in Colorado

BY: - January 29, 2023

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado have spent the past week looking to rekindle discussions about keeping U.S. Space Command headquarters in the state, as the decision to move it to Alabama has been on hold for the past two years. The senators met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday, after […]

Democrats choose Kyle Brown to replace Tracey Bernett in Colorado Legislature

BY: - January 28, 2023

A committee made up of Boulder County Democrats selected Kyle Brown on Saturday to replace former state Rep. Tracey Bernett in Colorado House District 12. Brown, a Louisville City Council member, won on the first round of voting with about 80% of the vote. “I am so excited to get to work for this district […]

National Dems ready to OK new 2024 primary voting calendar, despite uncertainty in two states

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — The full Democratic National Committee is set to vote in just days about a decision to ratify a new lineup of five states that would lead the nation in primary voting for Democratic presidential candidates in 2024. But approval of the new calendar at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 4 in Philadelphia won’t […]

Public lands near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters withdrawn from federal mining leases

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of assessment and debate, the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday announced the withdrawal of more than 225,000 acres of public lands near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota from federal mine leasing programs.  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed Public Land Order 7917, […]

Colorado lawmakers propose expanding state-level earned income, child tax credits

BY: - January 27, 2023

A bill introduced this week by Colorado Democrats proposes to further expand state income tax relief for lower-earning workers and families with children. House Bill 23-1112, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Shannon Bird of Northglenn and Sens. Chris Hansen of Denver and Chris Kolker of Centennial, would raise the percentages at which Colorado matches the […]

Colorado selects company to administer unemployment benefits for undocumented workers

BY: - January 26, 2023

Colorado’s Office of New Americans selected a Denver-based company this week to administer its upcoming wage replacement program for unemployed undocumented workers, putting the state on track to be the first in the country to have an unemployment fund that serves undocumented immigrants. AidKit will work with the office and supply the necessary technology to […]

Bill to make Colorado housing development easier on state-owned land clears committee

BY: - January 25, 2023

A major housing bill focused on facilitating private development on land owned by the state cleared committee on Tuesday, as Colorado lawmakers work to find solutions this legislative session for the state’s housing concerns. “This bill is a great continuation of our efforts to address the affordable housing crisis in Colorado, because it addresses one […]

Biden, Democrats to U.S. House Republicans: Show us your debt limit plan

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders huddled with President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, ahead of what will be a tumultuous few months, with lawmakers sharply divided on the debt limit and short on time.  “I have no intention of letting the Republicans wreck our economy, nor does anybody around this table,” Biden said […]

Postal service on-time performance similar in rural, urban areas, report finds

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON – Challenges with the cash-strapped United States Postal Service sent many Americans to their wit’s end during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in communities reliant on the mail for essential goods. Yet despite concerns from members of Congress that recent service changes hit rural communities more than urban centers, a new report from the U.S. […]

Classified material found in the Indiana home of former VP Mike Pence

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Mike Pence is the latest top public official to have been discovered possessing classified material in his personal home, according to a letter his lawyer sent to the National Archives. A dozen documents with classified markings were discovered in Pence’s residence in Carmel, Indiana, in mid-January.  The former vice president […]