Government

Statewide mask order extended 30 days

BY: - September 14, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Saturday ordered an extension of Colorado’s face mask mandate. The mandate, first issued by executive order July 16, applies to all Coloradans older than 10 and requires people to cover their nose and mouth inside public indoor spaces, including businesses, or while waiting for public transportation. Polis had signaled Friday during […]

Vast majority of misleading Postal Service flyers on mail-in voting already delivered to Coloradans

BY: - September 14, 2020

Three-quarters of the misleading voter-information mailers that prompted the state of Colorado to sue the U.S. Postal Service late last week have already been delivered, and a large portion of the rest are on their way, Postal Service officials told a federal judge on Sunday. More than 1.6 million Colorado households had already received the […]

John Elway’s donations to Gardner campaign exceeded limits

BY: - September 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Campaign finance false start: $2,500 penalty. To mark the start of the NFL season, the campaign finance referees blew the whistle on legendary quarterback John Elway for being a little too eager with his donations. Well, not Elway per se.  The Federal Election Commission flagged the campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, […]

Water speculators could face more obstacles based on work by new group

BY: - September 12, 2020

Some feel like it’s something straight out of a dystopian movie. Others say it’s already happening: out-of-state companies purchasing Colorado water rights as an investment for when water gets so scarce that the price skyrockets. “Water speculators aren’t in the business of using the water, they’re in the business of owning the water for future […]

Will people trust Colorado’s COVID exposure notification tool?

BY: - September 12, 2020

Public health experts agree that a robust contact tracing network that can notify people if they’ve potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 virus will have to be a key part of any effort to contain the pandemic. But the rollout of apps to monitor potential exposures have been dogged by concerns about data privacy and […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Sept. 11

BY: - September 11, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Polis is touring the northeast Colorado towns of […]

Proposed ban on police use of tear gas postponed by Aurora public safety committee

BY: - September 10, 2020

Members of Aurora’s public safety policy committee tabled a proposal on Thursday that aimed to ban the use of tear gas by law enforcement and limit the use of pepper spray. The ordinance, introduced by City Council members Juan Marcano, Alison Coombs and Crystal Murillo, would have directed the Aurora Police Department to implement a […]

‘We’re not through this’: Governors plead with Congress for emergency assistance

BY: - September 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic governors on Thursday begged Congress to come to the aid of ailing states, which face unexpected expenses as they attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as massive revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic. But Republicans at a House hearing rejected their pleas, arguing that states have yet to spend […]

‘Way more students’: Spike in homelessness feared in Colorado school districts

BY: - September 10, 2020

During a typical academic school year, staff members are trained to spot warning signs of student homelessness: unwashed clothes, numerous missed days of school, drawings showing 20 or more people living in the same shelter space.  Once identified, a student is referred to the state’s K-12 homeless education program, created by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless […]

Renewed federal aid urged by Colorado Democrats, labor groups

BY: - September 9, 2020

Joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Colorado Democrats and union leaders on Wednesday warned of an urgent need for more federal relief as workers and local governments across the state continue to suffer economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Local governments and state governments desperately need the help, and the suffering is […]

Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states

BY: - September 8, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats. The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance, and it appeared it wouldn’t go far enough to resolve a monthslong stalemate over […]

COMMENTARY

DACA is threatened by Senate inaction

BY: - September 4, 2020

By Alejandro Flores-Munoz In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration did not have the authority to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the manner that it did. Introduced in 2012, DACA offers temporary protection to select undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. With […]