Briefs

White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill

BY: and - November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They […]

Crisis standards of care for staffing activated in response to Colorado COVID-19 hospitalizations

BY: - November 9, 2021

Colorado reactivated crisis standards of care for staffing throughout the state on Tuesday afternoon in response to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and shrinking hospital capacity.  Those standards of care mean that hospitals can be more flexible with how they allocate and assign worker responsibility in the face of staffing shortages and increased workload. Hospitals can bring […]

Easing of supply chain problems to start with backed-up seaports, White House says

BY: - November 9, 2021

The first seaport to improve its facilities following passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill could be in Savannah, Georgia, a senior Biden administration official said Tuesday. President Joe Biden has yet to sign the measure, which Congress sent to Biden’s desk late last week, funding improvements in highways, transit, ports, waterways, airports and other […]

Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA coordinated with Gardner, other Senate campaigns

BY: - November 9, 2021

The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, alleging the gun rights group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. Two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal campaign contributions — in the […]

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters faces lawsuit over alleged 2022 fundraising violations

BY: - November 8, 2021

The Elections Division of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office filed a lawsuit against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters on Friday, accusing her of actively soliciting campaign donations despite not having yet registered as a candidate for the 2022 election. The lawsuit, first reported by the The Daily Sentinel, claims that Peters has not filed […]

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Colorado orders more at-home COVID-19 tests

BY: - November 5, 2021

Recently, Colorado has seen high demand for the free, at-home COVID-19 tests that it ships to residents for free. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last purchased 2 million Abbott BinaxNOW rapid at-home tests in September. On Thursday, CDPHE announced it would buy another 500,000 BinaxNOW tests from eMed Labs, for expected delivery […]

Ohio’s two new members of Congress take their seats

BY: - November 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday swore in two Ohioans as members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reps. Shontel Brown, a Democrat, and Mike Carey, a Republican, bring the House to 221-213. They won their respective seats on Tuesday and were sworn in right away because the seats had been vacant. “I […]

Kaine climate proposal aims to reduce stormwater pollution from military bases

BY: - November 5, 2021

Lawmakers from Chesapeake Bay states are looking to attach a climate-related provision to the must-pass annual defense bill. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced Thursday legislation that would allow the Defense Department to use several sources of federal funds to undertake stormwater management projects at military bases. The plan also has been backed by House […]

Kerry Donovan ends campaign to unseat Rep. Boebert, cites redistricting

BY: - November 5, 2021

State Sen. Kerry Donovan suspended her campaign for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District on Friday, ending her bid to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert. That decision came after Donovan was drawn out of the 3rd District in the state’s recently approved congressional maps. She suspended her campaign’s fundraising efforts in October when it looked likely […]

Problem with your ballot signature? TXT2Cure lets you quickly resolve it.

BY: - November 5, 2021

Colorado’s ballot processing system verifies the signature on a voter’s ballot envelope by matching it to another one or more signatures the government has on file. But sometimes — especially with younger voters — the signature is a mismatch in the system, even when it comes from the right person. Other times, a voter might forget […]

Rep. Boebert elected to House Freedom Caucus board

BY: - November 4, 2021

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District was one of three House Republicans elected this week to serve on the board of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.  Republican Reps. Dan Bishop, of North Carolina’s 9th District, and Bob Good, of Virginia’s 5th District, were also elected to the board.  Current Freedom Caucus members […]

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Colorado gets final $389 million in American Rescue Plan funds for in-person learning plans

BY: - November 4, 2021

The Department of Education released an additional $389 million to Colorado on Thursday to sustain the safe operation of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the total federal funding for the state’s return to school plans to $1.1 billion. Colorado received its first payment of those American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief […]