State regulators near decision on oil and gas setback distances

BY: - September 8, 2020

Within weeks of suffering defeat at the ballot box in 2018, anti-fracking group Colorado Rising announced its plans to fight on, hiring former Democratic State Rep. Joe Salazar to lead its continued efforts to hold what it called “bad government actors and abusive oil and gas companies” accountable. Now, nearly two years after voters soundly […]

Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

BY: - September 4, 2020

By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, and Kevin McCoy and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and local lawmakers and an international police association are taking steps to restrict the use of “less-lethal” weapons that caused the injuries. At least seven […]

Oil companies rely on controversial firm to rebut Colorado health study

BY: - September 4, 2020

One day after Colorado health officials briefed a state rulemaking panel on the potential health risks posed by oil and gas drilling, industry groups brought in an expert of their own to downplay the state’s findings — and her comments were blunt. “My expert conclusion is that there’s no credible, causal evidence that current setback […]

Gov. Polis makes plea to college students: Don’t party over Labor Day weekend

BY: - September 3, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis praised the state’s successful slowdown of COVID-19 transmission in the state since mid-July, but he issued a strong rebuke to college students who he said “held illegal, large parties over the weekend.” He called the parties “disappointing, inexcusable actions of a small minority of students,” including some from fraternities at the University […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3

BY: and - September 3, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 3 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and economic resiliency. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy, […]

COGCC officials to be briefed on oil and gas health study ahead of setbacks decision

BY: - September 3, 2020

Colorado oil and gas commissioners will be briefed by state officials on the potential health risks of drilling ahead of a critical rulemaking decision, after all. Kristy Richardson, Colorado’s state toxicologist, is scheduled to deliver a presentation on a landmark public-health study to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Thursday afternoon, as commissioners prepare […]

Why D.C. lawmakers are voting remotely during the pandemic

BY: - September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans have a new line of attack against some Democrats — they charge they are failing to show up for work. The criticism refers to 2020’s practice of proxy voting in the House, which enables lawmakers of either party to cast votes even when they are not at the Capitol. The […]

Colorado’s sweeping police accountability law is historic. What’s next?

BY: - September 3, 2020

When protests ignited in Colorado in response to the death of George Floyd in May, Denise Maes was working 12-hour days for weeks straight on what became Colorado’s sweeping police accountability law.  “I have a little bit of PTSD over it, frankly. It was really stressful,” said Maes, public policy director for the American Civil […]

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Colorado public health officials propose ‘dial’ system to determine COVID-19 restrictions

BY: - September 2, 2020

Six months into the pandemic, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has drafted a standardized method of determining when a county is allowed to relax COVID-19 restrictions. While the current process through which a county can request a variance from the state’s Safer at Home guidelines — such as those related capacity limits […]

Racial inequities in Colorado’s tax code highlighted as Proposition 116 fight looms

BY: - September 2, 2020

When Denver voters begin filling out their ballots next month, they’ll decide whether to approve two new 0.25% sales tax hikes to help the city tackle homelessness and climate change — and if both pass, they’ll become the fifth and sixth increases to Denver’s sales tax rate in the past two years, raising the total […]

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Gov. Polis: More people in southern Colorado should get tested for COVID-19

BY: - September 2, 2020

For the first time, Gov. Jared Polis on Sept. 1 held his briefing on Colorado’s coronavirus response outside of the metro Denver area — at Pueblo Community College in Pueblo. Polis, a Democrat, participated Tuesday in several events in Pueblo and, 40 miles to the north, Colorado Springs, touting new economic development projects and relief […]

Trump administration rule would ‘streamline’ oil and gas drilling in Colorado’s national forests

BY: - September 2, 2020

When officials at the Bureau of Land Management sold the rights to drill for oil and gas on nearly 5,000 acres of land in Colorado’s White River National Forest in September 2018, it was the culmination of years of careful planning. Though environmentalists protested the lease sales, the six parcels in question had been offered […]