Government

Polis amends order to allow any ‘persons’ involved in McClain case to be prosecuted if necessary

BY: - November 12, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday amended an executive order originally issued in June that designated Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as the state’s special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers in Aug. 2019. McClain was suspected of no […]

‘A lot of uncertainties’ remain as Colorado lawmakers craft state budget

BY: - November 12, 2020

New members of Colorado’s powerful Joint Budget Committee met for the first time Nov. 11, marking the start to what’s sure to be an especially arduous and complex process: designing the state budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, will helm the JBC following the Nov. 6 election of the former […]

COMMENTARY

I won’t give up my values for unity

BY: - November 10, 2020

My dad’s the guy who gets misty-eyed when the national anthem plays. Some of my own optimism about this country comes from his deep love of it. Now I have my own child, who is transgender. As I look at the environment our current administration has created for my child, and for millions of other […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]

Gov. Polis extends statewide mask order for another 30 days — but no lockdown enacted

BY: - November 9, 2020

More than 1,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado as of Nov. 9 — part of the grim situation that led Gov. Jared Polis to announce he would extend a statewide order requiring face coverings in public indoor spaces. “With the rate of the virus the highest that it’s ever been,” Polis said, “it’s […]

Georgia congressman launches bid to lead U.S. House Agriculture Committee

BY: - November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — A longtime congressman’s reelection defeat is opening up a contest among Democrats for the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Rep. David Scott of Georgia is a leading candidate. Scott has announced that he’s seeking to run the influential panel after the current chair, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, lost Tuesday […]

Colorado House Republicans select McKean as new minority leader

BY: - November 9, 2020

State Rep. Hugh McKean, a Republican from Loveland who just won his third term in office, will succeed state Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock as Colorado House minority leader. Neville, a Republican who’s sued state officials over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, recently announced that he would not again seek the position of […]

Michael Hancock

Denver Mayor Hancock announces ‘home by 10’ order as COVID-19 cases rise

BY: - November 6, 2020

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to spike, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that all residents would need to be home by 10 p.m. except for essential business, under a 30-day public health order that applies starting Nov. 8. The mayor insisted the order was not a curfew, but a public health order — though […]

Colorado Democrats elect Garnett as House speaker

BY: - November 5, 2020

Colorado House Democrats elected Rep. Alec Garnett of Denver as the new House speaker on Nov. 5, replacing Rep. KC Becker, of Boulder, who is term-limited. Garnett faced no opposition, but the battle for House majority leader was more competitive — with Reps. Adrienne Benavidez of Commerce City, Daneya Esgar of Pueblo, Chris Kennedy of […]

Colorado’s blue wave hit the state’s district attorney races, with one competitive race yet to call

BY: - November 4, 2020

Democratic candidates for Colorado’s district attorney seats pulled out ahead during the Nov. 3 election — a shift that could change the tone of criminal justice reform throughout the state. In Colorado, district attorneys are elected in each of the state’s 22 judicial districts and are tasked with prosecuting state crimes, filing charges and directing […]

Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar

‘Public health disaster’ in Pueblo prompts 10 p.m. curfew as COVID-19 cases rise

BY: - October 29, 2020

In an attempt to curb a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19, city of Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar announced a two-week curfew. Under the order, which applies starting Oct. 30, Pueblo residents must remain in their homes except for essential business after 10 p.m. “What we are facing in Pueblo is a public health disaster, […]

Mysterious ‘pop-up PAC’ tries to attack N.C. Senate candidate in last days of race

BY: - October 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — A super PAC financed tens of thousands of dollars worth of digital ads in late October soliciting allegations that North Carolina Senate hopeful Cal Cunningham engaged in extramarital affairs. But because of a loophole in campaign finance laws that were written in the era of typewriters, voters won’t know who paid for the […]