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Trump administration backs down, won’t require in-person classes for international students

BY: - July 15, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t require international students to take in-person classes for the fall semester, rescinding a plan announced July 6 that met swift backlash from universities and state governments. During a July 14 telephone conference among parties from the federal government, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — the schools […]

Colorado ranked 9th in U.S. for gap between renters’ income and housing cost

BY: - July 15, 2020

Workers earning minimum wage in Colorado — many of whom have served as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic — need to work a total of 71 hours per week to afford a fair market, one-bedroom rental home, according to a national study published on Tuesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a research […]

Colorado farmers struggle to cope with a drought that keeps coming back

BY: - July 15, 2020

It’s no fun having to water your crops at night, but for Abe Rosenberg and many other farmers across southern Colorado right now, the weather isn’t giving them much of a choice. “If we try to water during the day, or even in the morning, it’ll just evaporate too quickly,” said Rosenberg, who owns a […]

Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rise 45% in a week

BY: - July 14, 2020

Colorado saw a slight uptick this week in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment — though hospitalizations remain far below April levels. As of July 14, 252 people across the state were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. That’s a 45% increase from one week […]

Gov. Polis signs bill that bans housing discrimination based on source of income

BY: - July 14, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis signed into law on Tuesday afternoon a bill that bans housing discrimination based on a tenant’s source of income. Under the new state law, House Bill 20-1332, landlords are prohibited from refusing to rent or lease an apartment based on a person’s source of income or if the individual uses housing subsidies […]

Colorado joins suit over Trump administration’s new policy for international students

BY: - July 13, 2020

In yet another multi-state lawsuit over the Donald Trump administration’s proposed policies, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser joined forces with 16 other states and the District of Columbia in an effort to stop new requirements for international students from taking effect. A new rule announced July 6 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires that international […]

Gov. Polis extends order requiring 30-day eviction warning

BY: - July 13, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order requiring Colorado landlords to give tenants a 30-day warning before initiating eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent, as advocates continue to call for stronger action to prevent a looming eviction crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “To be Safer at Home, Coloradans impacted financially by COVID-19 must […]

Voter registration lags in Colorado amid lockdowns, distancing

BY: - July 13, 2020

Heading into the 2020 election, Salvador Hernandez, the Colorado state director of Mi Familia Vota, was hoping to register at least 12,000 new voters as part of the group’s mission to activate the Latinx voting base. Then came COVID-19. Plans to reach teenagers in high school classes had to be put on hold as classes […]

Battle with Trump over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates expected

BY: - July 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators are preparing for battle with the White House over renaming military facilities that honor Confederates — and they’re expecting to win. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who backs the effort, said he believes the GOP-controlled Senate would override a possible presidential veto of a defense policy bill that, with […]

How a Dungeons & Dragons gadget helps keep Colorado elections secure

BY: - July 10, 2020

Officials with the Colorado secretary of state’s office began a process on Friday aimed at verifying vote counts in last month’s primary elections. And they did it by rolling dice. Staffers rolled a series of 20 10-sided dice during a public webcast to generate a 20-digit random number that will be used to determine which […]

Still no statewide mask order as Gov. Polis announces new COVID-19 website

BY: - July 10, 2020

With cases of COVID-19 climbing in states that weren’t initially as hard-hit as the northeast U.S., governors from across the political spectrum have issued mask-wearing orders. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, hasn’t crossed the line from strong recommendation to mandate, though he said on July 9 he hasn’t ruled it out. The problem is […]

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Court made signature gathering harder. Some ballot initiative groups are undeterred.

BY: - July 10, 2020

Despite a recent Colorado Supreme Court order that makes collecting tens of thousands of voter signatures an even more difficult task during the COVID-19 pandemic, at least a few groups remain optimistic they’ll be able to make the state’s August deadline to submit initiative petitions. Others, however, including one that aimed to create new setback […]