Will it be Maryland or Virginia? Feds near a verdict on new FBI headquarters.
WASHINGTON — Maryland and Virginia politicians vying for the prize of a new FBI headquarters have just a few months left before a crucial federal government decision. The U.S. General Services Administration is expected to pick the best of three locations as soon as September, ending nearly two decades of advocacy, confusion and frustration across […]
The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.
This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence. “It was on a […]
Georgia, Arizona GOP officials to testify before Jan. 6 panel
The fourth Jan. 6 hearing on Tuesday will focus on pressure put by President Donald Trump and his allies on state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The U.S. House hearing will include live testimony from Republican officials in those states, committee aides said Monday. It begins at […]
Regents chair defends CU’s Benson Center but advises better selection process for scholars
Jack Kroll, the chair of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, said the Benson Center at the University of Colorado Boulder is a “valuable part of the university’s community,” following intense scrutiny of the center due to its relationship with insurrection figure John Eastman. Eastman was a visiting scholar of conservative thought at the […]
Billionaire donors, self-funders and meddling super PACs shape Colorado primaries
With little more than a week to go before ballots are counted in Colorado’s 2022 primary elections, newly filed federal disclosure reports show a tangled web of dark money groups and deep-pocketed donors spending heavily to influence key congressional races. Those groups include a brand new super PAC, Democratic Colorado, that has spent more than […]
In a first, 2 rooms in U.S. Capitol named for women who served in the Senate
WASHINGTON — The first woman joined Congress more than a century ago, but not until this month have any of the 540 rooms in the U.S. Capitol been officially named for women who served in the U.S. Senate. Following a dedication ceremony last week, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, the first woman elected to both […]
Gov. Polis appoints two new Colorado oil and gas commissioners
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday announced the appointments of two new members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Brett Ackerman of Colorado Springs and Mike Cross of Arvada were appointed to serve four-year terms on the COGCC, which oversees permitting and regulation of oil and gas drilling in Colorado, beginning on July […]
Interior to launch mental health program for wildland firefighters, boost wildfire spending
BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Interior Department will create a health and wellbeing program for wildland firefighters and boost spending on firefighting efforts by $103 million in fiscal 2022, Secretary Deb Haaland said Friday. The additional funding, which Haaland announced at the National Interagency Fire Center, comes as part of the $1.5 billion in last […]
Denver celebrates Juneteenth as state holiday for first time with weekend festival
As a kid, state Sen. James Coleman associated Juneteenth with the food and festivity: turkey legs, candy and grabbing a new shirt from one of the many vendors who lined the street in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. “It was like our Fourth of July,” Coleman said. As he grew up, and especially as he entered […]
U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange
WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel. The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]
Pence was within 40 feet of mob inflamed by Trump, Jan. 6 committee reveals
The private and public conflict between Donald Trump and Mike Pence over certifying the 2020 election results put the vice president within steps of the Jan. 6 attackers, the U.S. House committee investigating the insurrection said Thursday. As the mob approached the U.S. Senate chamber in the Capitol, the vice president’s Secret Service retinue hustled […]
Tampon shortage shows neglect of menstrual equity issues, Colorado advocates say
The shortage that began in January is now affecting nonprofits fighting for menstrual equity.