Government

Democratic statewide candidates lead fundraising efforts while Polis, Ganahl continue to self-fund

BY: - January 21, 2022

Current statewide office holders have out-raised their Republican opponents so far in the lead up to the 2022 election, according to recent campaign finance filings.  The gubernatorial race is one of the most visible in the state as Gov. Jared Polis seeks a second term and Republicans try to make the election a referendum on […]

State health officials ‘optimistic’ that Colorado’s omicron wave has peaked

BY: - January 20, 2022

Colorado’s surge in COVID-19 cases due to the highly infectious omicron variant appears to have reached its peak, state health officials said Thursday.  Reports of infections and the percentage of tests coming back positive began declining last week, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said during a media briefing.  “At this point, I do believe that […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 20, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]

Ethics complaint alleges Tina Peters’ legal defense fund lacks transparency

BY: - January 20, 2022

Embattled Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters will have 30 days to respond to a second ethics complaint filed with the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, which on Tuesday determined the complaint to be “non-frivolous.” Peters is already under local, state and federal investigations for alleged criminal misconduct regarding election security breaches in Mesa County. Officials announced […]

Julie McCluskie

Here are the Colorado Legislature members making a bid for Congress

BY: - January 20, 2022

All congressional seats in Colorado will be on the ballot for the 2022 election in November, including the one for the state’s new 8th Congressional District. Several members of the Colorado Legislature — which includes the state House of Representatives and Senate — have entered those races.  Here’s what we know so far about who’s […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

Tina Peters

New lawsuit would bar Tina Peters from Mesa County election role in 2022

BY: - January 19, 2022

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced she is suing to bar Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from overseeing elections this year — an expansion of Griswold’s efforts last year that prevented Peters from running the November election. “As Clerk Peters is unwilling to commit to following election security protocols, I am taking action to […]

Aurora Municipal Court

Court text reminders would become automatic under proposed state law

BY: - January 18, 2022

Nowadays, it’s common to receive an automated text message a few days before the appointment you scheduled weeks or months ago — and might have completely forgotten about. That text might say something like, “Hey, you’ve got a dentist appointment next Tuesday at 9 o’clock,” said state Sen. Pete Lee, a Colorado Springs Democrat. Forgetting your […]

Seven states to watch in the 2022 push to restrict voting rights

BY: - January 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections. As federal legislation that would limit state-level voting restrictions appears stymied in Washington, Republicans in the states are moving forward with new proposals and revisiting old ones that Democrats […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans […]

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: - January 15, 2022

The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. He specifically mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and […]

COMMENTARY

About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights

BY: - January 14, 2022

If you get into an argument with a Republican about the GOP’s lamentable support for voting rights and its fractured relationship with Black Americans, it won’t be long before your rhetorical sparring partner bellows “Robert Byrd” at you and declares the argument over. The logic here, if it even can be called that, is that […]