Biden, McCarthy hold ‘productive’ and ‘frank’ debt limit talks as fiscal cliffs loom

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy huddled behind closed doors at the White House on Wednesday in the first of what will likely be several conversations as the country approaches two fiscal cliffs this year amid divided government.  The top issue at the moment is when and how to address […]

U.S. House Judiciary’s debut hearing on the border centers on blame for fentanyl crisis

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee blamed the Biden administration for fentanyl drug smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday hearing. Chair Jim Jordan of Ohio also blamed U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the number of migrants at the border, and said there are already hundreds of […]

U.S. House panel probes extent of fraud in federal COVID-19 relief programs

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — From 2020 to 2022, a group of Minnesotans pretended to be serving meals to low-income children, all the while filing for reimbursement under a federal COVID-19 relief program aimed to buoy child nutrition as schools and child care centers closed.  In all, the schemers defrauded the government of $250 million, the Minnesota Reformer […]

Delayed medication delivery, unpredictable hours typify mail service woes in mountain communities

BY: - February 1, 2023

U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse and Brittany Pettersen of Colorado have both written to U.S. Postal Service leaders asking for a solution to mail delivery problems in rural Colorado communities as the service continues to struggle with staffing.  Neguse wrote to the USPS manager for the Colorado-Wyoming District, Jason McMahill, asking for alternative methods to pick […]

DeGette among Democrats who push for support of national assault weapons ban

BY: - February 1, 2023

At a press conference Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, pushed for congressional support of her bill aiming to ban high-capacity magazines along with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline’s Assault Weapons Ban Act, which the Rhode Island Democrat reintroduced today. The Assault Weapons Ban Act passed in the Democratic-controlled House last year, but failed […]

Colorado House

Bill to discourage Colorado police from lying to minors advances in House committee

BY: - February 1, 2023

The House Judiciary Committee at the Colorado Legislature advanced a bill Tuesday that would raise the admissibility standards of statements made by juveniles in court, a second legislative effort that seeks to prevent police from lying to minors during interrogations. House Bill 23-1042 passed along party lines in the committee, with the nine Democrats voting […]

District attorney drops charges against Black man who accuses Colorado Springs police of excessive force

BY: - February 1, 2023

Colorado’s 4th Judicial District attorney’s office dropped charges against Dalvin Gadson, a Black man who was beaten by Colorado Springs police at a traffic stop, after he entered a guilty plea for not having properly displayed license plates.  Charges of assault on a police officer and DUI against Gadson had already been  dropped, but now […]

New Colorado water reuse rule said to be first of its kind in the country

BY: - February 1, 2023

Drinking water standards have been updated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to improve water reuse regulation for consumption, the first regulation of its kind across the nation, the agency announced last week.

Colorado Republican leaders sideline El Paso County chairwoman in contentious meeting

BY: - February 1, 2023

Leaders of the Colorado Republican Party on Monday voted to appoint a “neutral” person to oversee the El Paso County Republican Party reorganizational meeting and elections in less than two weeks. The extraordinary vote signaled that a majority of state party officials do not trust Chairwoman Vickie Tonkins of El Paso County to run the […]

Living on the knife’s edge, even at the source of the Rio Grande

BY: - February 1, 2023

This series originally appeared in Source NM. RIO GRANDE RESERVOIR, Colo — After 15 miles of pockmarked dirt road, the Rio Grande spreads wide in the shadows of the San Juan Mountains. It glitters, aqua, whitecaps whipped up by the wind. But even in the birthplace of the river lay the stark stains of climate change. Deep, bald […]

Of more than 7,500 threats against members of Congress in 2022, just 22 prosecuted

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON —  Members of Congress receive thousands of threats a year, though just a fraction of the people who call, mail or email will ever be prosecuted — a situation that’s of great concern to the police who guard members. Just 22 of the 7,501 threats lobbed at members during 2022 led to prosecution, the […]

Colorado bill aims to increase transparency for Uber, Lyft driver pay

BY: - January 31, 2023

A trio of Colorado Democrats want to make popular ride-hailing service apps more transparent for the people who rely on them for work by requiring disclosure on how much drivers actually earn for each ride and shedding light on an often-hazy deactivation process. Senate Bill 23-98 would require that companies like Uber and Lyft, as […]