Government

More than half of U.S. House Republicans back Texas suit claiming election ‘irregularities’

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than 100 U.S. House Republicans on Thursday backed a long-shot Texas lawsuit that seeks to delay the certification of presidential election results for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, battleground states that President-elect Joe Biden won. In asking to join the suit filed in the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson led […]

Biden to tap a trio of Midwesterners to lead agriculture, housing, veterans affairs agencies

BY: - December 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday he will nominate U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Minnesota native Denis McDonough to join his Cabinet.  If confirmed by the Senate, Fudge will lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the second Black woman to head the $50 billion agency, […]

U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown while relief talks drag on

BY: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted to pass a stopgap spending bill, preventing a government shutdown and giving a group of bipartisan lawmakers another week to negotiate a coronavirus relief package.   In an overwhelming 343-67 vote, House members backed the stopgap, which would extend fiscal 2021 funding until Dec. 18 while talks continue on […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 1 p.m. Dec. 9

BY: - December 9, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live briefing on COVID-19 at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. The governor is expected to be joined during the remote briefing by Brig. Gen. Scott Sherman, director of Joint […]

Reports: Biden to pick Ohio’s Marcia Fudge for HUD and Iowa’s Tom Vilsack for Agriculture

BY: - December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Media reports on Tuesday night said President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio to be his secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to be secretary of Agriculture. This would be a second stint as Agriculture secretary for Vilsack, a Democrat who also served […]

Coloradans must wear face coverings for at least another 30 days, Polis orders

BY: - December 8, 2020

On Dec. 8, Gov. Jared Polis extended a statewide order requiring face coverings in public indoor spaces. Everyone over 10 years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while inside public indoor spaces, including businesses, and while waiting for public transportation. The number of people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 in Colorado […]

First Gentleman Marlon Reis home after COVID-19 hospital stint

BY: - December 8, 2020

Marlon Reis, partner of Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado’s first gentleman, is home and “feeling well” after being hospitalized for two days due to worsening COVID-19 symptoms, the governor’s office said Tuesday. “I am so thankful to the doctors, nurses, and staff and for the support and well wishes we have received from friends, neighbors […]

Congress set to strip Confederate names from U.S. military bases, flouting Trump veto threat

BY: - December 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress this week is expected to pass a massive defense policy bill that President Donald Trump has threatened to veto because it would remove the names of Confederate generals from military bases across the South.  Members of the House and Senate forged a bipartisan agreement to rename the 10 bases in the annual […]

Mount Evans name change subject of petition

BY: - December 3, 2020

This story first appeared in Mountain Town News. Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes have announced an official petition to rename Mount Evans, the 14,265-foot peak in the front tier of mountains west of Denver. Mt. Blue Sky, their proposed name, was arrived at after consultation with The Wilderness Society. The name seeks to represent the Arapaho, […]

ACLU asks judge to order Polis to decrease state’s prison population

BY: - December 2, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on Wednesday asked a judge to issue an emergency order to force Gov. Jared Polis to decrease the state’s prison population to promote greater social distancing and protect vulnerable inmates from the coronavirus. The preliminary injunction submitted in Denver District Court is part of an ongoing class action […]

CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee.  It will be up to each state to determine how exactly to distribute doses of the vaccines, which could […]

COMMENTARY

Will Colorado’s leaders please stand up?

BY: - December 2, 2020

Two-year-olds have nothing on some of Colorado’s current leadership. It’s hard to pick a favorite temper tantrum as of late. Is it Rep. Larry Liston wearing a mask on his bald spot to prove he doesn’t have to comply with rules? Is it Denver Mayor Michael Hancock who hypocritically boarded an airplane while advising residents […]