Briefs

Columbine copycat threat behind Rep. Crow’s push for proper background checks

BY: - October 8, 2021

Rep. Jason Crow is leading Colorado Democratic representatives in pressing the Department of Justice to ensure states comply with background checks for people attempting to purchase firearms out of state. Crow, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, wrote a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz of the Department of Justice requesting more information […]

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Colorado artists and arts organizations urged to apply for state relief funds

BY: - October 8, 2021

Thanks to a state grant, contemporary ballet company Wonderbound will be able to refurbish its new location in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. Lawmakers hope more arts organizations and artists will follow its lead and apply for the funding that’s still available. The warehouse space — previously the artist studio of Denver-based sculptor Ed Dwight — will […]

GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

Mayors Hancock, Lightfoot announce Denver-hosted event on voter rights

BY: - October 7, 2021

Two mayors in heavily Democratic cities are calling on local leaders from around the country to come together for a nonpartisan conversation on voter rights. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held a news conference Wednesday via Zoom to share some details about the planned main event, which is scheduled for Oct. […]

Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]

U.S. House plan for new mining royalties draws objections from Western senators

BY: - October 6, 2021

U.S. senators of both parties at a hearing Tuesday rejected House Democrats’ plans to impose billions of dollars in royalties and other fees on companies that mine for gold, copper, lithium and other minerals, largely in Southwestern states. Among the opponents was Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, who said she objected to the House proposal […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against discussions of race in public schools. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter […]

State Rep. Ron Hanks, election denier, enters Senate race against Democratic incumbent Bennet

BY: - October 1, 2021

Republican state Rep. Ron Hanks is running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who is campaigning to win a third term in 2022. Hanks filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, as first reported by Colorado Politics. Hanks, who is in his first term as a state lawmaker, was […]

March for Citizenship

Senate parliamentarian rules against immigration reform a second time

BY: - October 1, 2021

Last weekend, protesters gathered at Viking Park in Denver and marched down Speer Boulevard to Auraria Parkway, calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. They demanded a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and an end to detentions, deportations and abuses perpetrated by Border Patrol agents. But in the days following the March on […]

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Wildlife crossings integral to Colorado’s transportation future, Gov. Polis says

BY: - October 1, 2021

Wildlife crossings and other strategies to protect big game must be a greater part of Colorado’s transportation system as the state grows in population, Gov. Jared Polis argued at a Wednesday news conference. “Our population continues to grow, along with infrastructure that supports it,” Polis said during the conference, held outdoors at Colorado School of […]

New Colorado congressional district map approved

BY: - September 29, 2021

A new set of Colorado congressional districts was adopted by an independent panel Tuesday night minutes before deadline. The map now goes to the state Supreme Court for approval. The map includes an eighth district, added to Colorado’s previous seven following a decade of population growth. The map features three safe Democratic districts, three safe […]

U.S. Senate to vote on Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning as public lands chief

BY: - September 29, 2021

The U.S. Senate is set to vote as soon as Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning, a conservation advocate and former top aide to Montana Democrats, to lead the Bureau of Land Management, putting the end to her contentious confirmation process in sight. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer filed cloture on Stone-Manning’s nomination, setting […]