Government

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

BY: and - August 8, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with another $100 […]

‘Stay vigilant’ to protect mail-in voting system, cautions AG Weiser

BY: - August 8, 2020

Phil Weiser, the Colorado attorney general, expressed confidence in the integrity of the state’s mail-in voting system and its ability to defeat a legal challenge to the system. But he acknowledged a need to be on guard against ways President Trump or members of his administration might compromise the vote, specifically if Trump campaign-friendly leadership […]

At least 25% of Colorado renters are at risk of eviction in the coming months, new analysis finds

BY: - August 7, 2020

Between 436,000 and 596,000 people in Colorado — or 25%-36% of renters in the state — could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, according to new analysis. The analysis, released on Friday by the nonprofit The Aspen Institute, estimates that 29 million renters across the country are at risk of […]

21 presidential contenders and counting: Colorado candidate list released

BY: - August 7, 2020

For people wondering which candidates for public office could appear on Colorado’s general election ballot, the secretary of state’s office released a helpful tool Aug. 7. The new webpage — featuring a list of people who’ve filed candidacy paperwork — will be updated periodically leading up to Sept. 4, the day the ballot is finalized, […]

Landlords in Adams County can apply for rental assistance on behalf of tenants

BY: - August 6, 2020

Landlords of residential properties in Adams County can now apply for rental assistance on behalf of tenants who have fallen behind on their rent and could face eviction as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In partnership with Adams County and local municipalities, Maiker Housing Partners announced it will allocate more than $1.5 million for […]

Denver Justice Center

Some criminal cases among backlog could be dropped due to Colorado’s speedy trial mandate

BY: - August 6, 2020

Colorado judicial districts got the green light to resume criminal jury trials this week after the coronavirus shut down much of in-person court operations in mid-March. The nearly five-month delay has created a hefty backlog of criminal cases awaiting trial, which some worry could result in prosecutors dropping some because of Colorado’s speedy trial mandate. […]

‘Hit the reset button’: Colorado group calls for return to stay-at-home order

BY: - August 5, 2020

“Shut it down, start over, do it right.” That’s the message from a national coalition of health professionals and advocacy groups who say that it’s time for state and local governments — including in Colorado — to return to strict social-distancing measures like stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions to combat worrying trends in COVID-19 case […]

Top Homeland Security official vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from violent protests

BY: - August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s number two at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers that federal agents could exert force in […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 update at 3:15 p.m., Aug. 4

BY: and - August 4, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 3:15 p.m., Aug. 4, on Colorado’s response to COVID-19. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Watch below for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook. As of Aug. 3, Colorado had 47,968 cases of […]

Higher fees on Colorado oil and gas production approved amid falling revenues

BY: - August 4, 2020

Facing a revenue shortfall amid plummeting prices and production levels, Colorado regulators have approved a plan to increase the fees paid by oil and gas operators — and, after scaling back their proposed rate hike, did so with the reluctant support of fossil-fuel industry groups. Members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted […]

COMMENTARY

Sen. Gardner must stand for Coloradans over politics by supporting the HEROES Act

BY: - August 4, 2020

By Rachel Wall I thought things couldn’t get worse when Colorado suddenly shut down on March 24 with little directive from the government on how to proceed. Now, when our government has the opportunity to help its citizens, our senator, Cory Gardner, continues to let us down by not pushing for the next COVID relief […]

Sales tax hike to fund climate change efforts now up to Denver voters

BY: - August 4, 2020

Denver voters will decide in November whether to approve a 0.25% sales tax hike to better fund the city’s efforts to combat climate change. In an 11-1 vote, Denver City Council members gave final approval on Aug. 3 to a bill referring the tax measure to the November ballot, potentially giving the city a new […]