Government

Joe Neguse

Colorado congressman Neguse launches overhaul of federal pesticide rules

BY: - August 13, 2020

Boulder’s U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is leading the first attempt in decades to overhaul national pesticide regulations. The Colorado Democrat is sponsoring a bill in the House that would ban three common chemicals, revamp the process for approving new products and allow cities like Boulder to adopt stricter standards. While it’s unlikely that the Neguse […]

Emergency housing funds could dry up by mid-November, state official says

BY: - August 13, 2020

There wasn’t much good news announced during Colorado’s monthly State Housing Board meeting on Tuesday. The meeting came as fear continues to mount among housing advocates and nonprofits over a looming eviction crisis. On Aug. 10, Gov. Jared Polis extended an executive order that requires Colorado landlords to give tenants 30 days notice before filing […]

‘A historic moment’: Colorado Democratic women celebrate Biden’s pick of Harris for VP

BY: - August 11, 2020

Influential Democratic women in Colorado politics celebrated presidential candidate Joe Biden’s vice presidential selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris, which was announced Tuesday. If Biden wins the election in November, Harris will become the first woman to serve as vice president, as well as the first woman of color to serve in this role. “I […]

Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.

BY: - August 10, 2020

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]

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 […]