Briefs

Heidi Ganahl talks water negotiations, environmental policy during Club 20 forum

BY: - September 12, 2022

Republican candidate for governor Heidi Ganahl took the stage in Grand Junction Saturday to share some of her vision for Colorado during a candidate forum that her opponent, Democratic incumbent Gov. Jared Polis, did not attend. “Jared Polis, in my view, is destroying that Colorado and American dream. I am not going to pull punches […]

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Lawsuit seeks to stop recall election of state Sen. Priola following party switch

BY: - September 12, 2022

A political committee filed a lawsuit against the secretary of state’s office rebuking the decision to hold state Sen. Kevin Priola’s recall election in his newly-drawn, Republican-leaning district.  Priola announced he would switch his affiliation from Republican to Democrat in August, which has since led to a Republican-led effort to launch a recall election. State […]

GOP balks at White House request for billions for public health, natural disasters, Ukraine

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are lukewarm about providing $47 billion in new emergency spending for the ongoing Ukrainian war against Russia’s invasion, COVID-19 and monkeypox public health campaigns, and to help states recover from natural disasters.  GOP senators, who have returned to Washington after Congress’ summer break, aren’t so sure the Biden administration’s request […]

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest.  The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from […]

Biden slams ‘extreme MAGA Republicans’ as Democrats launch drive to midterm election

BY: - September 9, 2022

President Joe Biden in a Thursday night speech to a crowd of party faithful promoted legislation passed by the Democratic Congress and attacked supporters of former President Donald Trump for defending rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “Extreme MAGA Republicans just don’t threaten our personal, economic rights. They embrace political violence,” […]

U.S. House members raise doubts about Manchin environmental permitting deal

BY: - September 8, 2022

More than 50 U.S. House members are objecting to a push to revise federal environmental permitting requirements for energy projects — part of a deal Democratic leaders struck with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III to win passage of their climate, health and taxes bill that passed last month. The House members signed onto a letter […]

Bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is on track to vote on a bill codifying marriage equality as soon as next week with negotiators increasingly confident it could become law.  Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday they’re close to getting at least 10 Republicans to back the same-sex marriage […]

Denver closes schools amid record September heat in Colorado

BY: - September 7, 2022

Dozens of schools in Denver will close early again on Thursday, and several will remain closed all day, as a record-breaking fall heat wave continues to scorch much of Colorado and the western U.S. Temperatures in the Denver metro area reached a record high of 99 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday and are forecast to rise […]

Tina Peters pleads not guilty in Mesa County election security breach case

BY: - September 7, 2022

Indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges related to a security breach in her county’s election equipment last year. Peters, a Republican, was indicted by a grand jury in March on seven felony charges and three misdemeanor charges. The charges included attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, […]

Bennet, O’Dea could meet for up to 5 debates in Colorado U.S. Senate race

BY: - September 7, 2022

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday said he will participate in five debates and candidate forums next month as he seeks to win reelection and hold off a challenge from Republican Joe O’Dea. “Michael enjoyed talking to voters in packed rooms across Colorado this August,” Bennet press secretary Georgina Beven said in a statement. “He […]

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

BY: - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday.  “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and […]