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Judge rules Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters is barred from supervising November election

BY: - October 14, 2021

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters will not oversee November’s election, a district court judge ruled Wednesday after reviewing evidence that Peters allegedly allowed a breach in the county’s election system during a major software update. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold filed a lawsuit in August to remove Peters as a designated elected […]

Colorado secretary of state pursues redistricting complaint against accused GOP lobbyists

BY: - October 14, 2021

Complaints against two Republicans accused of violating redistricting lobbying policy will be considered by a state administrative law judge, following a referral from the Election Division of the Colorado secretary of state’s office.  In that Oct. 12 referral to the state’s Office of Administrative Courts, the division explains that it found grounds that justify a […]

Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments against new congressional redistricting map

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday afternoon from civil rights and advocacy groups who argue that the recently submitted congressional redistricting map doesn’t go far enough to empower the state’s minority voters. Much of the debate focused on a specific section of the voter-approved amendments that established the independent redistricting process. Section 44.3 […]

Redistricting panel sends state House, Senate maps to Supreme Court for review

BY: - October 13, 2021

Colorado’s first-ever Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission voted this week to send final plans for new General Assembly districts to the state Supreme Court for review. The commission voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve a new district map for the Colorado Senate, one day after approving a plan for the state House of Representatives on […]

Colorado first in nation to include gender-affirming care in some health care plans as essential benefit

BY: - October 13, 2021

Colorado has become the first state in the nation to require comprehensive gender-affirming care as part of minimum, or “benchmark,” health care plans sold on the individual and small group markets, which accounts for about a quarter of the state’s health care customers. The gender-affirming care element was announced during a Tuesday news conference that […]

Head of embattled state air quality agency steps down

BY: - October 12, 2021

The head of Colorado’s embattled Air Pollution Control Division has stepped down, the agency confirmed on Tuesday. Garry Kaufman, who has served as the director of the APCD since 2017, has accepted a new role as the division’s deputy director for regulatory affairs, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and […]

Protesters turn out as Rep. Boebert speaks during Columbus ceremony in Pueblo

BY: - October 11, 2021

Rep. Lauren Boebert spoke on Monday morning in the shadow of Colorado’s last remaining monument to Christopher Columbus, a sandstone bust that sits in the median of a busy commercial street in Pueblo. The bust has been a political flashpoint as Indigenous activists and the Italian Americans who support the monument are at a stalemate […]

Rep. Lamborn accuses Vice President Harris of ‘anti-Semitic worldview’

BY: - October 11, 2021

The controversy began when Vice President Kamala Harris recently took questions while at George Mason University to discuss voting rights. A student spoke about U.S. funding of Israel and referred to Israel as an “ethnic genocide and a displacement of people,” according to CNN. The student said they felt the need to bring it up […]

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Tensions rise as affordable housing subpanel seeks $400M solution

BY: - October 11, 2021

Tensions are rising for members of a state subpanel tasked with recommending ways to spend $400 million in federal money to alleviate Colorado’s affordable housing crisis. During a virtual meeting Sept. 29, member Eric Leveridge of Colorado Jobs with Justice called the limited time available for subpanel members to focus on promoting equity in housing […]

Report sheds new light on Pennsylvania lawmaker’s role in Trump election denial

BY: - October 9, 2021

A version of this story first appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. A newly released congressional report on efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice and overturn the 2020 election prominently highlights a Pennsylvania lawmaker who is a close Trump ally, and who was in the vanguard […]

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Bennet, Hickenlooper voice support for immigration reform, leave out specifics

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Senate parliamentarian ruled for the second time on Sept. 29 that Democrats could not include a pathway to legal immigration status for 8 million undocumented people in their budget reconciliation bill. While the ruling is nonbinding, it’s unclear whether Senate Democrats would agree to defy the parliamentarian, a nonpartisan official who determines how U.S. […]

U.S. attorney in Georgia quit under pressure from Trump to reject election results, new report confirms

BY: - October 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump forced a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to step down because he wouldn’t help Trump overturn his loss of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. Senate report released Thursday said. The report, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, found that the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung […]