Government

Jared Polis

Gov. Polis calls for legislative special session on COVID-19 relief

BY: - November 17, 2020

Amid the worst era of the COVID-19 pandemic thus far for Colorado, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol for a special session on coronavirus relief, Gov. Jared Polis confirmed Nov. 17. Legislators “will be putting themselves at some risk to alleviate the needs of others” by meeting in person during this time, the governor […]

Gov. Polis set to call special legislative session to address COVID-19 relief

BY: - November 16, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis and top officials in the Colorado General Assembly on Monday night issued a joint statement that appeared to confirm reports that Polis plans to convene a special session of the Legislature to address the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks. “Legislative leaders and the Governor’s office have been having productive conversations on […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado deletes public records when they matter most

BY: - November 13, 2020

A government of the people is transparent, with its records open to the people. But sitting in the middle of Colorado government is an enormous shredder, and officials keep it running every day at all hours. State government during the pandemic performs functions that, for the people on whose behalf it operates, are literally a […]

Another Colorado inmate dead after experiencing coronavirus symptoms

BY: - November 13, 2020

A fifth inmate at a Colorado prison died on Tuesday after experiencing coronavirus symptoms.  The 71-year-old man, who the DOC declined to name due to medical privacy laws, was incarcerated at the Sterling Correctional Facility and died at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The death was reported Wednesday night, when the Colorado Department […]

Newly elected members of the U.S. House converge on Washington

BY: - November 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — They’ve won their campaigns. Now, newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives are spending their first days in the nation’s capital, learning how to perform their new jobs. The group includes one member from Colorado — Lauren Boebert, from the 3rd District. The orientation session for those incoming House freshmen began […]

Polis amends order to allow any ‘persons’ involved in McClain case to be prosecuted if necessary

BY: - November 12, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday amended an executive order originally issued in June that designated Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as the state’s special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after a violent encounter with Aurora police officers in Aug. 2019. McClain was suspected of no […]

‘A lot of uncertainties’ remain as Colorado lawmakers craft state budget

BY: - November 12, 2020

New members of Colorado’s powerful Joint Budget Committee met for the first time Nov. 11, marking the start to what’s sure to be an especially arduous and complex process: designing the state budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Sen. Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, will helm the JBC following the Nov. 6 election of the former […]

COMMENTARY

I won’t give up my values for unity

BY: - November 10, 2020

My dad’s the guy who gets misty-eyed when the national anthem plays. Some of my own optimism about this country comes from his deep love of it. Now I have my own child, who is transgender. As I look at the environment our current administration has created for my child, and for millions of other […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]

Gov. Polis extends statewide mask order for another 30 days — but no lockdown enacted

BY: - November 9, 2020

More than 1,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado as of Nov. 9 — part of the grim situation that led Gov. Jared Polis to announce he would extend a statewide order requiring face coverings in public indoor spaces. “With the rate of the virus the highest that it’s ever been,” Polis said, “it’s […]

Georgia congressman launches bid to lead U.S. House Agriculture Committee

BY: - November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — A longtime congressman’s reelection defeat is opening up a contest among Democrats for the chairmanship of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Rep. David Scott of Georgia is a leading candidate. Scott has announced that he’s seeking to run the influential panel after the current chair, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, lost Tuesday […]

Colorado House Republicans select McKean as new minority leader

BY: - November 9, 2020

State Rep. Hugh McKean, a Republican from Loveland who just won his third term in office, will succeed state Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock as Colorado House minority leader. Neville, a Republican who’s sued state officials over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, recently announced that he would not again seek the position of […]