Why D.C. lawmakers are voting remotely during the pandemic

BY: - September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans have a new line of attack against some Democrats — they charge they are failing to show up for work. The criticism refers to 2020’s practice of proxy voting in the House, which enables lawmakers of either party to cast votes even when they are not at the Capitol. The […]

Colorado’s sweeping police accountability law is historic. What’s next?

BY: - September 3, 2020

When protests ignited in Colorado in response to the death of George Floyd in May, Denise Maes was working 12-hour days for weeks straight on what became Colorado’s sweeping police accountability law.  “I have a little bit of PTSD over it, frankly. It was really stressful,” said Maes, public policy director for the American Civil […]

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Colorado public health officials propose ‘dial’ system to determine COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - September 2, 2020

Six months into the pandemic, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has drafted a standardized method of determining when a county is allowed to relax COVID-19 restrictions. While the current process through which a county can request a variance from the state’s Safer at Home guidelines — such as those related capacity limits […]

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Gov. Polis: More people in southern Colorado should get tested for COVID-19

BY: - September 2, 2020

For the first time, Gov. Jared Polis on Sept. 1 held his briefing on Colorado’s coronavirus response outside of the metro Denver area — at Pueblo Community College in Pueblo. Polis, a Democrat, participated Tuesday in several events in Pueblo and, 40 miles to the north, Colorado Springs, touting new economic development projects and relief […]

Trump administration rule would ‘streamline’ oil and gas drilling in Colorado’s national forests

BY: - September 2, 2020

When officials at the Bureau of Land Management sold the rights to drill for oil and gas on nearly 5,000 acres of land in Colorado’s White River National Forest in September 2018, it was the culmination of years of careful planning. Though environmentalists protested the lease sales, the six parcels in question had been offered […]

Mnuchin: White House would back additional cash to states in relief deal

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

White House orders suspension of residential evictions

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. “I think you’ll be quite pleased with the impact that it will have,” Mnuchin told […]

Study projects high ridership for proposed Front Range Passenger Rail

BY: - August 31, 2020

A state board developing a plan for passenger rail service along the Front Range estimates that the proposed line could carry nearly 10,000 passengers on a typical weekday, officials said last week. That adds up to nearly 3 million riders per year, and this “notable demand” — based on extensive modeling using survey and census […]

Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit over mask mandate

BY: - August 28, 2020

The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge filed this week by two prominent Colorado conservatives against Gov. Jared Polis’s mask-wearing mandate and other state orders aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19. The lawsuit, announced by conservative personality Michelle Malkin and Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville on Aug. 26, named […]

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

State lawmaker Patrick Neville, commentator Michelle Malkin sue Gov. Polis over executive orders

BY: - August 28, 2020

Two high-profile conservative figures this week announced a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and the state’s top health officials over executive orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the requirement for Coloradans to wear masks to reduce virus transmission. Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Republican from Castle Rock, and conservative commentator Michelle […]

‘Local control’ becomes battle in Colorado oil and gas rules overhaul

BY: - August 27, 2020

Betsy Leonard and her husband have lived in Battlement Mesa, a planned community northeast of Grand Junction, for 15 years. But not long after moving into their retirement home, nestled in the scenic desert bluffs of the Colorado River valley, the Leonards found themselves at odds with an unwelcome new neighbor. In 2009, Denver-based Antero […]