Government

New law expands threshold for providing multilingual ballot services in Colorado

BY: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy. In the November 2022 election, 20 Colorado counties will be required to provide Spanish language voting materials thanks to a new state law lowering the population thresholds to support multilingual voters — […]

On Democracy Day, newsrooms draw attention to a crisis in the U.S. system of government

BY: - September 15, 2022

A recent poll found that 69 percent of both Democrats and Republicans think democracy in the United States is in danger of collapse. Almost two years after Donald Trump falsely claimed that voter fraud cost him the election and inspired a web of supporters and “big lie” candidates to also believe the election was rigged, a majority […]

PR work for ‘Big Oil’ helped stymie climate action, U.S. House Democrats say

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Public relations firms aligned with oil and gas companies have tested the limits of their industry ethics and caused major slowdowns to federal climate change policy, Democrats on a U.S. House panel said at a Wednesday hearing. The firms’ conduct went beyond the bounds of ethical public relations work, Democrats on the House […]

FBI seizes MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s phone in connection with Tina Peters investigation

BY: - September 14, 2022

MyPillow CEO and far-right activist Mike Lindell said Tuesday that agents from the FBI’s Denver field office had seized his cell phone in connection with a case involving indicted Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and other prominent Colorado election deniers. Lindell described being served with an FBI search warrant in southern Minnesota on […]

Interior Department officially removes Native American slur from 28 Colorado sites

BY: - September 14, 2022

The U.S. Department of Interior has officially approved 28 replacement names for geographical features in Colorado that formerly used a slur for indigenous women, part of an effort to replace nearly 650 such places in the country. The approval from the Board on Geographic Names on Sept. 8 is the last step in the process […]

Sens. Winter and Priola

Lawsuit seeks to stop recall election of state Sen. Priola following party switch

BY: - September 12, 2022

A political committee filed a lawsuit against the secretary of state’s office rebuking the decision to hold state Sen. Kevin Priola’s recall election in his newly-drawn, Republican-leaning district.  Priola announced he would switch his affiliation from Republican to Democrat in August, which has since led to a Republican-led effort to launch a recall election. State […]

As rural homelessness increases, HUD aims money at helping people without access to shelters

BY: - September 12, 2022

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up millions of dollars in funding for groups serving unhoused people in rural areas — an unprecedented move by the agency, say housing advocates. People living in cars, parks, and on the street at night, which the agency labels unsheltered homelessness, has increased across the nation, […]

Rep. Boebert tells churchgoers to ‘rise up’ at far-right Christian conference

BY: - September 10, 2022

In a raucous speech at a Christian conference in Woodland Park on Friday, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert called for conservative churchgoers to put “God back at the center of our country” and defeat “the enemy” that she said is destroying it from within. “God is on our side. The blood has been applied,” Boebert told […]

GOP balks at White House request for billions for public health, natural disasters, Ukraine

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are lukewarm about providing $47 billion in new emergency spending for the ongoing Ukrainian war against Russia’s invasion, COVID-19 and monkeypox public health campaigns, and to help states recover from natural disasters.  GOP senators, who have returned to Washington after Congress’ summer break, aren’t so sure the Biden administration’s request […]

COMMENTARY

A monarch dies in the new century and a nation clatters on

BY: - September 9, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. By Dennis Roddy LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II’s death came off flawlessly, a passing anticipated so long ago that it was code-named for a landmark the British sold to a wealthy American who moved it to Arizona and turned it into a tourist attraction 50 years ago. […]

Biden slams ‘extreme MAGA Republicans’ as Democrats launch drive to midterm election

BY: - September 9, 2022

President Joe Biden in a Thursday night speech to a crowd of party faithful promoted legislation passed by the Democratic Congress and attacked supporters of former President Donald Trump for defending rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “Extreme MAGA Republicans just don’t threaten our personal, economic rights. They embrace political violence,” […]

Colorado’s new rules to prevent ‘orphaned’ oil wells could fail to cover cleanup costs, report says

BY: - September 9, 2022

The bonds required by Colorado’s new financial assurance rules for oil and gas drillers may cover 25% or less of the total cost to clean up the state’s 50,000 wells, a new report estimates. That’s a major increase over the state’s previous bonding requirements, which had long been a target for environmentalists before the Colorado […]