Dolly Parton’s free book program for kids expands in Colorado

BY: - December 2, 2021

A statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library means many young Coloradans will soon have access to free books. Each month, the Imagination Library mails free books to registered children from birth to age 5.  The goal of the statewide expansion is to make books available for children ages 5 and under in every ZIP […]

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End tissue donation policy that discriminates against gay men, write Neguse, Crow, Bennet

BY: - December 2, 2021

Despite a shortage of people consenting to donate corneas, heart valves, skin and other tissue after their death, the U.S. bars many gay and bisexual men from becoming tissue donors. Several dozen Democratic lawmakers, including U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and Jason Crow of Aurora, along with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, are calling on […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.  And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

BY: and - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its […]

Colorado Democrats announce plan to protect abortion rights in light of Supreme Court case

BY: - December 1, 2021

Democratic lawmakers in Colorado plan to introduce legislation next year that would protect abortion access in Colorado in light of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade precedent.  At a rally in front of the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers said they would introduce legislation early next session […]

Protesters rally at Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Lucia Ruta remembers a time when abortions were illegal. A native of Washington, D.C., she says she received an abortion in a back alley when she was 16, in the 1960s.  “The doctor told me that if I made as so much a whimper, he was going to stop and kick me out,” […]

Natural gas company cancels pipeline project championed by Colorado drillers, politicians

BY: - December 1, 2021

A proposal to build a major new natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southern Oregon has been officially dropped, its backers told federal regulators on Wednesday, finalizing the defeat of a project that had long attracted support from Colorado’s oil and gas industry and politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Jordan Cove […]

‘I see a war coming,’ says militia leader with Colorado GOP ties

BY: - December 1, 2021

A prominent Colorado Republican activist on Tuesday urged fellow conservatives to reject political violence and extremism, even as he claimed that the country is under threat from communist tyranny and on a path towards “civil war.” John Tiegen, a Marine veteran from Colorado Springs and founder of the United American Defense Force, made the comments […]

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — When paid family leave was briefly dropped from congressional Democrats’ massive social spending and climate bill earlier this fall, the outcry was swift. Women and caregivers suddenly were calling lawmakers and advocates, and they were sharing their own stories on social media in huge numbers, said Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for […]

Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted nationwide by Louisiana judge

BY: - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking nationwide the Biden administration mandate requiring millions of health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. A suit challenging the mandate was led on behalf of multiple states by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, and U.S. Judge Terry Doughty granted the […]

Omicron variant spread has health officials preparing for its arrival in Colorado

BY: - November 30, 2021

The newly-sequenced omicron coronavirus variant hasn’t been discovered in the United States yet, but Colorado scientists are preparing to identify it as soon as it hits the state through lab sample sequencing and wastewater detection.  “It’s difficult to know when, so at this point we’re using all the tools we have … to make sure […]

House Dems mull how to address Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks

BY: - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats are weighing what to do about Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado in connection with anti-Muslim comments she made about a colleague in the House. “We’re considering what action ought to be taken,” said Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, at a briefing with reporters. […]