Mnuchin: White House would back additional cash to states in relief deal

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said the Trump administration would be open to providing additional aid to state and local governments — a key sticking point in stalled negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief. Mnuchin also urged lawmakers to move forward with a package that would address specific areas of […]

White House orders suspension of residential evictions

BY: - September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Tuesday it would temporarily halt residential evictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disclosed during a congressional hearing that the executive order would be issued. It runs through Dec. 31. “I think you’ll be quite pleased with the impact that it will have,” Mnuchin told […]

Adult roommates: Millennials ‘double-up’ to face changing economic and social environments

BY: - September 1, 2020

After Caitye Davis graduated from the University of Colorado Denver, she didn’t care what she had to do: She was going to move out of her parents’ house. She ended up moving into a three-bedroom, 900-square-foot house with three other roommates, sharing a bedroom with one. After a while, the four of them moved into […]

Study projects high ridership for proposed Front Range Passenger Rail

BY: - August 31, 2020

A state board developing a plan for passenger rail service along the Front Range estimates that the proposed line could carry nearly 10,000 passengers on a typical weekday, officials said last week. That adds up to nearly 3 million riders per year, and this “notable demand” — based on extensive modeling using survey and census […]

Summer of racial reckoning: Hundreds march to condemn police violence and racism

BY: - August 31, 2020

Several hundred protesters took to the streets on Sunday to participate in a march from Aurora to Denver to denounce police brutality and systemic racism, and to stand in solidarity with Black lives. Community members gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora around 2 p.m. to hear speeches from organizers and families […]

Advocates push state to resume early prison releases due to coronavirus

BY: - August 28, 2020

The family of Ronald Johnson — a 62-year-old Black grandfather who’s served 22 years in prison for nonviolent drug offenses — worries that his prison sentence might be a death sentence.  “In prison, he can’t protect himself and he can’t social distance,” his daughter Amber said in a statement. “My deep fear is that my […]

Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit over mask mandate

BY: - August 28, 2020

The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge filed this week by two prominent Colorado conservatives against Gov. Jared Polis’s mask-wearing mandate and other state orders aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19. The lawsuit, announced by conservative personality Michelle Malkin and Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville on Aug. 26, named […]

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

State lawmaker Patrick Neville, commentator Michelle Malkin sue Gov. Polis over executive orders

BY: - August 28, 2020

Two high-profile conservative figures this week announced a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and the state’s top health officials over executive orders issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the requirement for Coloradans to wear masks to reduce virus transmission. Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Republican from Castle Rock, and conservative commentator Michelle […]

‘Local control’ becomes battle in Colorado oil and gas rules overhaul

BY: - August 27, 2020

Betsy Leonard and her husband have lived in Battlement Mesa, a planned community northeast of Grand Junction, for 15 years. But not long after moving into their retirement home, nestled in the scenic desert bluffs of the Colorado River valley, the Leonards found themselves at odds with an unwelcome new neighbor. In 2009, Denver-based Antero […]

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Gov. Polis signs order aimed at advancing equity in state government

BY: - August 27, 2020

An executive order advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Colorado government — originally scheduled for March but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — was issued Aug. 27 by Gov. Jared Polis. The order directs the Department of Personnel and Administration, or DPA, to develop policy promoting equity in state hiring and compensation practices; implement […]

Republican convention spotlights N.C as ‘ground zero’ for 2020 election

BY: - August 27, 2020

The decision by Republicans to host their national convention in Charlotte this week was always a politically risky one: North Carolina is famously unpredictable when it comes to which party’s candidates it will support. But it also underscored how much is at stake for the GOP in North Carolina this year, with control of the […]