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Neguse among Democrats uniting around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]

Denver area again misses deadline to meet EPA air-quality standards

BY: - July 21, 2021

Spurred by the federal Clean Air Act, Colorado regulators are weighing a range of new pollution-fighting measures to reduce the Denver metro area’s long-running ozone problem — but for the second summer in a row, things are getting worse, not better. “The smoke alarm in Colorado is going off, and we need to put out […]

Colorado backs off plan to require large employers to encourage reduced car travel

BY: - July 20, 2021

Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that they would dramatically scale down a proposed rule to require large employers in the Denver metro area to incentivize their employees to reduce car travel, dealing a major blow to efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. “The […]

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Broomfield City Council refers ranked-choice voting to November ballot

BY: - July 20, 2021

Within a few years, voters in several Colorado cities could be filling in bubbles next to the names of multiple candidates running for the same office in a local election. A new state law makes it easier for cities and towns to implement ranked-choice voting, which is sometimes called instant runoff voting. The process allows […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a […]

Are you a victim of wage theft? Denver will soon have a new investigative unit for that.

BY: - July 20, 2021

Denver’s City Attorney’s Office will soon start cracking down on employers who don’t pay their workers what they are owed. A new city ordinance, unanimously approved by Denver City Council on Monday, makes it a crime to “knowingly refuse to pay a wage or compensation to a worker or falsely deny the amount of a […]

Interior Secretary Haaland to visit BLM headquarters in Grand Junction

BY: - July 20, 2021

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will visit the Bureau of Land Management’s controversial new headquarters in Grand Junction later this week, Colorado’s two Democratic senators announced on Tuesday. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper have both called for the agency’s headquarters to remain in western Colorado, where it was relocated as part of a sweeping reorganization […]

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Colorado first in nation to require web accessibility for government

BY: - July 20, 2021

To the state lawmaker who sponsored legislation for people with disabilities, the success of House Bill 21-1110 is the perfect example of why “representation matters.” After freshman Democratic Rep. David Ortiz of Littleton was elected in 2020, he became the first person who uses a wheelchair to serve in the Colorado General Assembly. This year, […]

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. […]

Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

BY: - July 20, 2021

“Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law” originally appeared in the Georgia Recorder. If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time […]

U.S. Senate panel schedules vote on Stone-Manning to head public lands agency

BY: - July 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, with Chairman Joe Manchin III planning to vote to approve her — a major step forward for her confirmation after weeks of aggressive Republican opposition. Manchin, a West Virginia […]

The death of American democracy (explained)

BY: - July 19, 2021

“The death of American democracy (explained)” was originally published by the Daily Montanan. If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a year to go until his term expired, President Barack Obama’s attempt at appointing a Supreme Court justice failed […]