Government

U.S. House passes package to rescue child care industry

BY: - July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic. The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the child care industry in the longer term. The bills […]

Trump administration issues memo slashing DACA program

BY: - July 29, 2020

Despite court rulings and overwhelming public support for people who’ve received temporary protection from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, President Donald Trump’s administration took further steps on July 28 toward dismantling DACA. In a memo, Chad Wolf, the Department of Homeland Security acting secretary, announced that DHS would reject “all pending […]

Mask order could be slowing rate of increase in COVID-19 cases, Polis says

BY: - July 28, 2020

A mask mandate implemented July 17 could already be slowing the rate of increase in COVID-19 cases throughout Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis said during a July 28 news briefing. The Democratic governor said that the state had “probably already” seen the effect of the mask order in the “decrease in the rate of increase” of […]

Republican state lawmakers call for special legislative session to address K-12 education

BY: - July 28, 2020

Colorado House and Senate Republicans are calling on Gov. Jared Polis to convene a special legislative session to address K-12 education amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to Polis’ office Tuesday, lawmakers proposed that money, which would otherwise go to schools, be given directly to parents to cover the costs of educating their […]

‘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. […]