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5 of the biggest Colorado political stories of 2020

BY: - December 25, 2020

Though Colorado wouldn’t confirm its first case of COVID-19 until March 5, 2020, public health officials later concluded that it had been circulating in the state as early as January — fittingly enough, for a year that would come to be defined, above all else, by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But a deadly […]

State employees to benefit in 2021 from new paid family and medical leave program

BY: - December 21, 2020

Colorado voters last month approved a wide-ranging paid family and medical leave program for workers. The program had been proposed in various forms among Colorado lawmakers and worker advocates for years, and success of the proposition was seen as a triumph for Colorado wage earners. Benefits from the new program, however, aren’t due to be […]


Rising rents, stagnant wages leave many Colorado tenants struggling to meet basic needs

BY: - December 17, 2020

When Laura Rodriguez’s lease was up for renewal in the middle of the pandemic, she was informed by her landlord that her rent was increasing by $200 dollars a month.  “We are now paying $1,800 and our landlord already announced that next August 2021 our rents will go up to $2,200 a month,” said Rodriguez, […]

Eviction moratoriums set to expire by the new year. It’s unclear if they will be renewed.

BY: - December 14, 2020

State and federal eviction moratoriums are set to expire at the end of the month, and it’s unclear whether officials will extend them into the new year. During a media briefing on Friday, Gov. Jared Polis did not commit either way to renewing the statewide eviction moratorium, instead saying he’d follow the federal government’s lead. […]

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Gov. Polis, Western governors push senators to revise aid formula in COVID-19 relief proposal

BY: - December 11, 2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday joined a bipartisan group of Western governors in calling on congressional negotiators to revise a proposed formula for state and local aid distribution in a potential COVID-19 relief deal, saying it would “unfairly and inequitably distribute revenue across the states.” “The current formula, which distributes ⅓ of the state […]

New Colorado law allows courts to suppress records of pending eviction cases

BY: - December 10, 2020

A new Colorado state law requires courts to suppress records of eviction cases while they are moving through the court process and keep them hidden if the tenant wins. Prior to the law going into effect, eviction filings, regardless of the outcome of the case, automatically created court records, which then could be acquired by […]

New unemployment claims top 36,000 as COVID-19 economic fallout deepens

BY: - December 10, 2020

More than 36,000 Coloradans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the first week of December, continuing a worsening trend as a nationwide spike in COVID-19 infections and new public-health restrictions impact many businesses, especially in the service sector. The week ending Dec. 5 was the worst period for initial unemployment claims since early June, […]

Front-line workers call for stronger enforcement of COVID-19 safety restrictions

BY: - December 9, 2020

Sandra Chavez, a grocery worker, had to switch to the night shift to reduce her risk of contracting COVID-19. Bob Dinegar, a bus operator, is worried about increased crowding on public transit as layoffs and service cuts loom. Rachel Wolter, a hairstylist, believes she lost her job in retaliation for her safety complaints. The three […]

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Hundreds of thousands are behind on utility bills. Now they have extra help.

BY: - December 8, 2020

As the long winter ahead portends colder weather and more illnesses and deaths from COVID-19, the financial consequences of the pandemic have led thousands of Coloradans to fall behind on their natural gas and electricity bills. A bipartisan bill — passed during a recent special session of the Colorado Legislature — provided additional money for […]

Here’s how officials want to use Denver’s new Homelessness Resolution Fund

BY: - December 5, 2020

Denver voters in November voted to create a 0.25% sales tax increase to establish a fund dedicated to helping address the city’s homelessness crisis. Now, the city is trying to figure out how to allocate the money. The new pot of money, called the Homelessness Resolution Fund, can be used for housing development, rental assistance, […]

Domestic violence-related deaths increased by nearly 63% in 2019, report finds

BY: - December 4, 2020

At least 70 Coloradans died as a result of domestic violence in 2019, a nearly 63% increase compared to the previous year, according to an annual report released Friday.  Nearly 60% of the fatal incidents in 2019 involved firearms and 20% involved children, and in the majority of the cases the perpetrator was a white […]

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Colorado businesses in counties that reject COVID rules could still receive aid

BY: - December 3, 2020

With a few tweaks and a fair amount of bipartisan support, a slate of Democratic-led bills aimed at helping Coloradans and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic raced across the finish line — allowing lawmakers to conclude a special legislative session within three days. “I’m proud as governor that the men and women of our Legislature […]