Turn ‘tough on crime’ into ‘effective on crime’
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the Colorado state Legislature passed sweeping bipartisan police reform. It took a mere 16 days to pass, yet it’s only the beginning. Today’s criminal justice system is not only steeped in racial and gender bias, it’s at odds with emerging science. A growing number of long-held practices are […]
Did protests play role in record-breaking voter turnout?
Last month, Colorado shattered the previous state record for voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election. As of 11:30 p.m. June 30, more than 1.57 million ballots had been returned to county election officials, according to the secretary of state’s office. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold took the opportunity to praise the state’s secure […]
What did Frederick Douglass think of the Fourth of July?
Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from a speech, as it appeared in published form, on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the formerly enslaved American abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852. Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What […]
Police spending accounts for about a third of budget in Colorado’s biggest cities
When Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of the Aurora Police Department, addressed a special meeting of the Aurora City Council convened on June 30 to discuss her department’s response to recent protests, she began by making a comment that surely echoed the thoughts of many residents in the sprawling suburb of 379,000. “I never thought it […]
New state advisory board will bring inclusivity to place names
A new state advisory board will help bring “inclusivity and transparency” to the naming of geological points and landmarks, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Jared Polis. The board, called the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board and created by executive order, will evaluate proposals for new names, name changes, and “name […]