Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had […]

COVID-19 death toll expected to double in Colorado before January

BY: - November 24, 2020

If Colorado’s virus transmission stays on the current trajectory, the death toll from COVID-19 will more than double by the end of December, according to state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. Statewide, at least 408 people have died with the disease since Oct. 26, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In […]

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections

BY: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed.  That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall limit […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24

BY: - November 24, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. The governor is expected to be joined during the briefing by state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy. The Colorado Department of Public […]

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City leaders say ‘dysfunctional’ school board mistreated outgoing Denver superintendent

BY: - November 24, 2020

“City leaders say ‘dysfunctional’ school board mistreated outgoing Denver superintendent” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and former Mayor Federico Peña waded into education politics Monday with a statement sharply criticizing the Denver school board for “undermining” outgoing […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to not just bring back DACA but expand it

BY: - November 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate an Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to not just be reaffirmed but expanded, and written […]

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El Paso County will move to red level, closing indoor dining and banning gatherings

BY: - November 23, 2020

El Paso County will move to the red level of Colorado’s COVID-19 dial system, according to a Nov. 23 statement from El Paso County Public Health. The state-imposed red-level restrictions — including a ban on indoor dining and events, and personal gatherings of any size — take effect in Colorado’s second most populated county at […]

New oil and gas rules given final approval by Colorado regulators

BY: - November 23, 2020

Colorado oil and gas regulators gave final approval on Monday to a sweeping set of changes to the state’s drilling rules, in a major step towards the full implementation of a landmark reform bill enacted by Democrats in the legislature in 2019. In a series of unanimous votes, the five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation […]

Gov. Polis appoints new executive director to lead Department of Revenue

BY: - November 23, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis announced a new leader for the department tasked with collecting state tax revenue and regulating marijuana and gambling. Former state House Speaker Mark Ferrandino replaces Lu Córdova as executive director of the Department of Revenue, according to a Nov. 18 statement from the governor’s office. “We’re thrilled to have Mark lead the […]

Coal plant closures accelerated with air commission approval of Regional Haze plan

BY: - November 20, 2020

At least eight of Colorado’s 11 remaining coal-fired generating units will face mandatory retirement deadlines over the next decade, and three could be required to close earlier than their operators had planned, under a plan given preliminary approval by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission on Friday. Colorado was required to submit the plan as […]

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Mesa County fills all ICU beds as Weld County hospitals near capacity

BY: - November 20, 2020

Mesa County Public Health announced that all intensive care beds in area hospitals were occupied as of Nov. 18, fulfilling Colorado public health officials’ worst fear since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: that hospitals would become overwhelmed by coronavirus patients absent an ability to “flatten the curve” of new cases. “All area hospitals will […]

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’

BY: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — The number of coronavirus infections across the country is swelling at a perilous time for state governments, just weeks before federal support rushed through Congress in the pandemic’s early stages is set to end.   The expiring provisions from the $2 trillion CARES Act and subsequent executive orders will mean reductions in unemployment benefits […]