Briefs

More gun reform needed, Rep. Crow says on eve of Aurora shooting anniversary

BY: - July 19, 2022

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Aurora movie theater shooting that claimed 12 lives and injured dozens more, Rep. Jason Crow said a recently passed firearm safety bill is only the start of what he wants to see done in Congress.  “It will save lives, but it’s not the last step. It’s […]

Progressives renew call for U.S. Supreme Court expansion after abortion rights decision

BY: - July 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. House Democrats Monday called for the passage of legislation that would add four justices to the Supreme Court, following the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that provided the constitutional right to abortion.  “It’s an ultra-right-wing Republican Supreme Court,” Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia said during a […]

Republican Heidi Ganahl selects election denier Danny Moore as running mate

BY: - July 18, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl announced Monday that she selected former head of Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission Danny Moore as her running mate. Moore was removed from his leading role in the commission over social media posts he made spreading the false claim that widespread voter fraud cost former President Donald Trump a second […]

Climate change legislation still could pass Congress this year, Manchin insists

BY: - July 15, 2022

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III on Friday held open the prospect of Congress passing significant climate legislation yet this year, denying reports he’s tanked the effort by walking away from talks with leadership. The reports have brought a flood of criticism for Manchin from fellow members of Congress, who say the very survival of the […]

Judge tosses arrest warrant for indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters

BY: - July 15, 2022

A Mesa County District Court judge Friday quashed an arrest warrant for and motion to revoke the bond of indicted Clerk Tina Peters but emphasized that any unauthorized travel going forward will be in violation of her bond conditions. Judge Matthew Barrett on Thursday revoked Peters’ bond and issued a warrant for her arrest after […]

EPA faults Colorado air quality regulators over whistleblower claims

BY: - July 15, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday faulted Colorado air quality regulators for failing to comply with requirements under the federal Clean Air Act, further corroborating the substance of allegations made by a group of whistleblowers in a 2021 complaint. The three whistleblowers, who were current or former employees of the modeling unit at the Colorado […]

Federal law that protects emergency life-saving abortions challenged in Texas suit

BY: - July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Thursday, arguing that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who perform abortions to save the patient’s life.   “This administration has a hard time following the law, and now they are trying to have their appointed […]

As aging farmers retire, lawmakers explore how to boost beginning producers

BY: - July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON —   More than half of American farmers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, but the steep price of entry to start a farm, along with rising input costs and volatile markets, make it tough for young and beginning farmers to take their places. “Farming is inherently a risky business, but […]

U.S. House passes bill expanding health care, benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits

BY: - July 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill Wednesday to expand health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas, sending the package back to the U.S. Senate after making a minor change.  Senators, who broadly support the landmark package led by Montana Sen. Jon Tester and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, […]

Mesa County judge orders arrest of indicted clerk Tina Peters, revokes bond

BY: - July 14, 2022

A Mesa County judge on Thursday issued a warrant for Clerk Tina Peters’ arrest and for her to be held in jail until her trial, following discovery that she traveled out of state in violation of her bond conditions. Mesa County District Court Judge Matthew David Barrett issued the warrant and revoked Peters’ $25,000 cash […]

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Alonzo Payne resigns as San Luis Valley district attorney, Colorado attorney general steps in

BY: - July 14, 2022

The day after Colorado’s attorney general announced an enforceable agreement between his office and that of the San Luis Valley District Attorney Alonzo Payne — following a state investigation that found a pattern of Victim Rights Act violations — Payne resigned from his office. Under an executive order issued by Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday, […]

Pregnant patients without access to abortion face a ‘death sentence,’ U.S. House panel told

BY: - July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Witnesses told a U.S. House committee on Wednesday that pregnant patients who can’t obtain abortions will face higher mortality rates if they are forced to carry their pregnancies to term.  “It is essentially a death sentence,” Michele Bratcher Goodwin, the chancellor’s professor of law at the University of California, told lawmakers. Democratic state […]