Government

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at noon Aug. 21

BY: - August 21, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at noon Aug. 21 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Through Aug. 19, Colorado had 54,230 cases of COVID-19 and […]

Pendley nomination may be scrapped, but he’s still in charge at BLM

BY: - August 20, 2020

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management will continue leading the agency even after his nomination is withdrawn, leading the diverse conservation groups that opposed him to call for his removal from office. The Trump administration said last weekend it would pull the nomination of William Perry Pendley when the Senate […]

DeGette, other lawmakers, call for review of Trump administration’s hospital reporting changes

BY: - August 19, 2020

Three federal lawmakers sent a letter on Wednesday to the Government Accountability Office, requesting that it look into recent changes the Trump administration made to the nation’s hospital-capacity-reporting system.  The lawmakers — U.S Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) — worry the changes are affecting the nation’s coronavirus response […]

Postmaster general says he’s suspending post office overhaul until after the election

BY: - August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Tuesday that he will halt a series of sweeping policy changes to the U.S. Postal Service until after the general elections this fall. DeJoy said he will not change overtime rules, retail hours at local post offices, or the location of mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes, […]

Colorado joins multistate federal lawsuit challenging U.S. Postal Service cuts

BY: - August 18, 2020

Colorado joined a multistate federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the recent operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that could affect the national election in November. The lawsuit, which will be filed in federal court in Washington state, includes a coalition of states including Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, […]

Mass pardons for past marijuana crimes offer hope for thousands

BY: - August 18, 2020

Back in 2006 — six years before Colorado voters legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use — Colorado Springs Police Department officers arrested then-19-year-old Michael Diaz-Rivera for what he says was less than 1 ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor. But the marijuana was in two separate bags, Diaz-Rivera said, giving […]

Colorado approved for $300 extra a week in federal unemployment assistance

BY: - August 17, 2020

The Trump administration has approved Colorado to receive new funding for unemployment assistance, according to a FEMA news release. Eligible jobless residents will be able to claim $300 extra a week. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Colorado, along with Missouri and Utah, on Sunday for grants under the program, which was adopted by executive action, […]

Democratic National Convention: Featured speakers and how to watch

BY: - August 17, 2020

The Democratic National Convention will be livestreamed each night Aug. 17 through Aug. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., with a couple of prominent Colorado Democrats featured in accompanying roundtable discussions during the day. Read on for some highlights from the 2020 convention schedule and virtual policy roundtables, which you can watch here, and stay […]

Phil Weiser

Colorado attorney general explores legal action against Trump administration over mail-in ballots

BY: - August 17, 2020

Colorado’s attorney general, Phil Weiser, said on Monday that he is working with other states to evaluate the “best legal options” to pursue against the Trump administration over the president’s efforts to undermine mail-in voting ahead of the November election.  “We are going to explore all avenues to protect our constitution, to protect the right […]

Polis administration faces second lawsuit over delayed climate regulations

BY: - August 17, 2020

A second environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the state of Colorado over a landmark 2019 climate-change law, alleging that Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has flouted a key deadline for proposing new greenhouse-gas emissions rules.  The lawsuit, filed by the Environmental Defense Fund on Aug. 5 in Denver District Court, names the state’s Air […]

Gov. Polis extends face mask mandate to Sept. 13

BY: - August 14, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis extended a statewide mask order, which applies to most Coloradans in indoor spaces, for an additional 30 days. The original order from July 16 was set to expire Aug. 15. An executive order issued Aug. 14, which includes an additional exemption for “life rites,” will expire Sept. 13 unless the governor extends […]

Need for proposed supportive housing project not contested, only its location

BY: - August 14, 2020

A proposed supportive housing and recuperative care facility in Denver received push-back this week from an area business owner who is concerned about the concentration of poverty in the area. On Tuesday, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless presented to the State Housing Board a new housing project that aims to create 98 affordable and […]