Government

‘Woefully inadequate’: Bennet, Colorado groups bash new GOP relief proposal

BY: - July 28, 2020

Top Colorado Democrats and liberal groups are denouncing the latest coronavirus relief legislation proposed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate, as negotiations over the next phase of the federal government’s crisis response begin in earnest. On July 27, Senate Republicans unveiled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, their proposal for the […]

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol one more time

BY: - July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You must […]

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Colorado joins lawsuit over administration’s move to exclude undocumented immigrants

BY: - July 27, 2020

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced July 24 that he had joined a lawsuit over a Trump administration memo declaring that “illegal aliens” would not be counted for the purpose of apportionment — the process of determining a state’s representation in Congress. The lawsuit, filed in federal court for the Southern District of New York, […]

Campaign finance violations alleged against Gardner by Colorado lawmaker

BY: - July 27, 2020

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is facing new accusations of campaign-finance violations over his attendance earlier this year at a Palm Beach soirée hosted by Republican megadonors and a luxury champagne brand. State Rep. Tom Sullivan, a Democrat from Aurora, told Newsline in an interview that he filed a formal complaint against Gardner with the Federal […]

COMMENTARY

Fascism isn’t new. It’s just been rebranded by Trump.

BY: - July 27, 2020

One of the defining characteristics of fascism is the elevation of loyalty to things and symbols over people and democratic ideals. There is no such thing as compulsory patriotism in a democracy. We are very much seeing a test of that principle right now, in Portland and states across the country. A nation that began […]

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Advocates ‘fought like heck’ to fund substance use treatment amid COVID-19

BY: - July 24, 2020

Despite extensive budget cuts necessitated by COVID-19, Colorado legislators managed to avoid what one lawmaker said would have been a major setback for the state’s opioid response. “What we were looking at initially was going back 10 years on this issue and completely decimating any progress that we’ve made,” says Sen. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood). “Honestly, […]

Senate Republicans pursue benefits pay cut for jobless; adjourn without action

BY: - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders slammed Republicans Friday for leaving in the lurch millions of jobless Americans who are relying on enhanced unemployment benefits to stay financially afloat amid ongoing public health and economic crises. Republicans in Congress and the White House were engaged in heated negotiations this week over the details of their party’s proposal for a fifth […]

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem

BY: - July 24, 2020

Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — and not so much about the air circulating through their home, or the water coming out of their faucets. […]

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Youth ‘reimagine’ policing and public safety during town hall

BY: - July 23, 2020

Nearly 40 Colorado youth convened on Tuesday night over Zoom in a public forum to “reimagine” policing and public safety in Denver. During the virtual community-led town hall, which was livestreamed on Facebook, students discussed a need for reallocating police funding, more community mental health services and police training around implicit bias and cultural competence.  […]

Fracking ban in Boulder County sought by environmental groups for 2020 ballot

BY: - July 23, 2020

A coalition of environmental and community groups is calling on the Boulder County Board of Commissioners to refer a measure to the 2020 ballot asking voters to approve a ban on oil and gas development — along with a small sales tax hike to defray the costs of a likely legal challenge. A draft ballot […]

COMMENTARY

The Colorado leaders who want Denver to look like Portland

BY: - July 23, 2020

The deployment in Portland, Ore., of federal law enforcement agents, who eschew insignia and have been captured on video making what appear to be unaccountable arrests of civilians, is a chilling escalation of the Trump administration’s response to police-reform demonstrations in American cities. President Donald Trump himself has said federal law enforcement is needed to […]

Trump’s ‘illegal aliens’ census memo draws rebuke from Gov. Polis

BY: - July 23, 2020

President Donald Trump issued a memo on Tuesday ordering the exclusion of people living in the United States illegally from the 2020 Census for the purpose of apportioning congressional representation. In response, Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement on Wednesday opposing the executive order, stating that, “once again the Trump administration is using the Census […]