Justice

Julie Gonzales

Colorado’s ambitious tenant rights bill has been whittled down by industry groups. Here’s where it stands.

BY: - May 17, 2021

An ambitious tenant rights bill that was introduced in Colorado’s Legislature this year has been significantly whittled down by landlord industry groups. Senate Bill 21-173, as introduced, sought to permanently strengthen legal protections for renters by putting substantial limits on how much a landlord can charge in rental late fees, extending the grace period for […]

Hundreds rally in support of Palestinians at Colorado Capitol

BY: - May 15, 2021

Hundreds of people rallied and marched in Denver on Friday to show their support for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and harshly condemn the actions of Israel and the United States as violence in the region continued to escalate. “We feel this anger in our bones,” said state Rep. Iman Jodeh, a Democrat […]

Law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania, Maryland urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has promised a crackdown on so-called “ghost guns,” and during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday, law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania and Maryland described how an exponential increase in those firearms — which are easily assembled from kits and not subject to federal gun laws — has expanded the workload of their […]

Federal probe of drug middlemen urged

BY: - May 11, 2021

“Federal probe of drug middlemen urged,” first appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. After years of accusations in Ohio and elsewhere, a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate wants federal regulators to investigate whether drug middlemen and their parent companies are rigging the system to raise prices and pad their pockets. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, […]

Pete Lee

7 dead after mass shooting at Colorado Springs birthday party, police say

BY: - May 10, 2021

Less than two months after a shooter massacred 10 people at a Boulder grocery store, another gunman took the lives of seven people, including himself, at an apparent birthday party in Colorado Springs, according to a statement from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police responded to a call for service at Canterbury Mobile Home Park shortly […]

DA in Colorado’s 17th district drops charges against five Elijah McClain protest leaders

BY: - May 7, 2021

District Attorney Brian Mason announced on Thursday that he will dismiss all felony and misdemeanor charges filed in the 17th Judicial District against five people who led protests last summer demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who died after a violent encounter with Aurora police in August 2019. “I have an ethical obligation to only proceed […]

Gun control bill, aimed at strengthening background checks, wins House committee’s approval

BY: - May 7, 2021

A controversial gun control bill, which sponsors introduced in response to the March mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, passed its first hurdle May 5 at the Colorado Capitol. Rep. Judy Amabile — the Boulder Democrat whose district includes the King Soopers where 10 people were massacred March 22 — is sponsoring House Bill […]

COMMENTARY

All I want for Mother’s Day is for lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 62

BY: - May 7, 2021

Every year before Mother’s Day I pull out The Action Network’s link to its Black Mamas Bail Out fund to donate. I join dozens of other organizations in cities across the nation to bail out as many mothers as possible who may otherwise spend Mother’s Day in jail because they simply could not afford cash […]

Alec Garnett

Colorado Democrats unveil gun control bills in aftermath of Boulder shooting

BY: - April 30, 2021

State Democrats on Thursday announced a trio of bills aimed at addressing gun violence, weeks after the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder. The proposals include removing Colorado’s prohibition on local gun regulations, strengthening background checks, and establishing an office focused on gun violence prevention and intervention. Not on the menu, at least for now: […]

State lawmaker describes BLM protest as anti-government

BY: - April 30, 2021

Earlier this year, Alan Kennedy, a captain in the Colorado National Guard, emailed state lawmakers to let them know he had sued his commanders after they reprimanded him last year for attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Denver last May.  Kennedy said he was hoping lawmakers would show their support. But one made a […]

COMMENTARY

Without lawyer, immigrants face intimidation and complex system alone

BY: - April 29, 2021

For centuries, people of all backgrounds have fled persecution seeking a better life and opportunities for their families. Coming from a Jewish background, my ancestors struggled for centuries to find a place where they were safe and welcome. Just like many Americans, my great-great grandparents immigrated to the United States because of its promises of […]

Boulder City Council gives initial OK for $2.7M to clear homeless encampments and hire more ‘eyes on the ground’

BY: - April 29, 2021

Boulder City Council members on Tuesday night gave the green light for city staff to move forward with four proposals that would ultimately increase the policing of people experiencing homelessness and the enforcement of the city’s camping ban.  Council members unanimously supported creating an encampment cleanup team to be located within the city’s Utilities Department. […]