Briefs

Virginia senator floats Trump censure as Senate prepares for impeachment trial

BY: - January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine says he’s been talking privately with his Senate colleagues about censuring former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, told Capitol Hill reporters on Wednesday that he views censure as a possible “alternative” to Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial […]

First chance for members of the public to weigh in on 2021-22 Colorado budget

BY: - January 26, 2021

Members of the public are invited to comment before the Colorado Legislature’s most powerful committee about the most important annual bill. The Joint Budget Committee is in the process of developing the state budget plan for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and members of the public on Wednesday will have their first opportunity to weigh in […]

vaccination

Colorado’s new COVID-19 vaccine data illuminates racial and ethnic disparities

BY: - January 25, 2021

Colorado officials, including Gov. Jared Polis, repeatedly point to health equity as a guiding force in their COVID-19 response efforts. They’ve said they aim to ensure that everyone receives the care they need during the pandemic — regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or geographic location. But a few days after the state added race […]

Excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech

BY: - January 20, 2021

Below are excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural address, following his swearing-in as the nation’s 46th president: We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities. Much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build, and much to gain. Few […]

Polis: 1 out of 5 Coloradans who is 70 and older will receive COVID vaccine this week

BY: - January 19, 2021

The state anticipates having enough COVID-19 vaccine doses this week to vaccinate 1 out of every 5 people who is 70 and older, Gov. Jared Polis said at a virtual news conference Jan. 19. “We moved about 40,000 vaccines up to this week, in addition to the 80,000 or so that had been targeted, to […]

Federal panel deals another blow to Jordan Cove pipeline project

BY: - January 19, 2021

A pipeline project long championed by natural gas producers on Colorado’s Western Slope was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a federal panel upheld the denial of a permit by state-level regulators in Oregon. The Jordan Cove Energy Project, a proposal to build 234 miles of pipeline and a new liquefied natural gas export terminal […]

Colorado Capitol reporters get early access to COVID-19 vaccine with lawmakers, staff

BY: - January 18, 2021

A group of 22 “frontline journalists” who cover the state Capitol in person were offered the COVID-19 vaccine during the first week of the legislative session, along with state lawmakers and legislative staff. The Colorado General Assembly met at the Capitol for three days starting Jan. 13 to address urgent, time-sensitive matters. Legislators adjourned until […]

A congressman and his aides armed themselves with scissors in the face of a mob. Now, he wants Trump prosecuted.

BY: - January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle slipped a pair of scissors into his pocket as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. He didn’t tell his staff members because he didn’t want to alarm them — but also didn’t realize his three staffers made the same call. They, too, had each grabbed a pair of scissors as […]

Colorado bill would allow electronic wills beyond COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - January 15, 2021

If a bill that moved quickly through the Legislature is signed into law by the governor, Coloradans will soon be able to create, execute and notarize wills without meeting in person — beyond the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 21-1004, the “Colorado Uniform Electronic Wills Act,” would permanently allow and regulate the use […]

Colorado mountain towns call on Biden, Haaland to tackle climate crisis

BY: - January 14, 2021

As communities in Colorado’s high country continue to deal with a worsening drought and the lingering impacts of 2020’s historic wildfires, local leaders are calling on President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to take “bold action” to tackle the climate crisis and protect America’s public lands. “The Biden administration and the new Congress should prioritize adopting reforms […]

Gov. Polis: Feds should weigh criminal charges against GOP leaders for inciting Capitol riot

BY: - January 12, 2021

In a lengthy message posted to his personal Facebook account on Monday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called for potential criminal prosecutions against Republican leaders for their role in last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol and backed an effort to expel some GOP members of Congress by invoking the 14th Amendment. “The easier part is […]

86 out of 255 eligible prison inmates 70 or older have received the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - January 11, 2021

The Colorado Department of Corrections has begun administering COVID-19 vaccines to inmates in state prisons who are 70 and older. As of Jan. 8, 86 out of 255 eligible inmates had received the vaccine, according to Annie Skinner, a CDOC spokeswoman. In total, CDOC has administered 2,061 vaccines between inmates, front-line health care workers, and […]