Did protests play role in record-breaking voter turnout?
Last month, Colorado shattered the previous state record for voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election. As of 11:30 p.m. June 30, more than 1.57 million ballots had been returned to county election officials, according to the secretary of state’s office. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold took the opportunity to praise the state’s secure […]
Pipeline projects suffer setbacks across the country. Is Jordan Cove next?
It hasn’t been a good few days for companies in the oil and gas pipeline business. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which famously sparked protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during its construction in 2016, will be temporarily shut down and emptied of oil after a federal judge on July 6 ordered regulators to conduct […]
States can bind electors to votes, U.S. Supreme Court rules
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 6 in favor of the state of Colorado — and against “faithless electors” — in a case concerning a member of the Electoral College who tried to vote against the state’s preference in the 2016 presidential election. The case was closely watched, as some feared an outcome allowing Electoral […]
How — and when — can the coronavirus vaccine become a reality?
This story was originally published by ProPublica. It’s been six months since researchers in China said they had identified a novel coronavirus spreading in the city of Wuhan. Hope and desire for a vaccine to end the global devastation is growing with each passing week. Almost every day, I hear people making plans around the eventual arrival […]
What did Frederick Douglass think of the Fourth of July?
Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from a speech, as it appeared in published form, on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the formerly enslaved American abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852. Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What […]
Colorado braces for high-risk July 4th wildfire conditions
Millions of Americans across Colorado and the West are heading out to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend — but federal officials and wildland firefighters will be hard at work, keeping a close eye on hot, dry conditions that forecasters say are ripe for dangerous wildfires. “There’s a lot of people who have been […]
Bill meant to prevent opioid abuse vetoed
Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday vetoed a bill that contained measures to prevent opioid addiction and abuse of other substances. House Bill 20-1085 was introduced in early January, during the start of the 2020 General Assembly, and the Legislature passed it during its recent pared-down, COVID-abbrevitated session. But Polis objected to the measure’s projected costs. […]
Police spending accounts for about a third of budget in Colorado’s biggest cities
When Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of the Aurora Police Department, addressed a special meeting of the Aurora City Council convened on June 30 to discuss her department’s response to recent protests, she began by making a comment that surely echoed the thoughts of many residents in the sprawling suburb of 379,000. “I never thought it […]
Fourth of July during the pandemic: What Coloradans should know
This week, the country will celebrate a bizarre Fourth of July during an historic pandemic. Public health regulations governing what’s open and closed in response to the coronavirus are constantly changing — and they’re hard to keep track of. Here’s what to keep in mind over the long weekend: Health officials recommend that those who […]
New state advisory board will bring inclusivity to place names
A new state advisory board will help bring “inclusivity and transparency” to the naming of geological points and landmarks, according to a press release from the office of Gov. Jared Polis. The board, called the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board and created by executive order, will evaluate proposals for new names, name changes, and “name […]
House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities. The bill takes “bold, broad and transformational action to rebuild our infrastructure […]
Colorado enacts ‘forever chemical’ cleanup measures as federal action falls short
Even in a shortened session, Colorado legislators managed to pass a pair of bills that will help the state kickstart cleanup of so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in communities around the state. Under Senate Bill 20-218, the state will create a fund to help communities detect and clean up contamination from perfluoroalkyl […]