Kerry Donovan

Dianne Primavera

Polis signs Colorado Option bill into law, along with bill meant to reduce prescription drug prices

BY: - June 17, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed two bills that increase government regulation of health care in an attempt to lower prices for consumers. Originally, House Bill 21-1232 would have established a public health insurance option if private insurance carriers failed to lower premium rates for plans on Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. […]

Kerry Donovan

Colorado Option health care bill limps closer to finish line, with one House vote to go

BY: - May 27, 2021

One Senate Democrat joined Republicans on Wednesday to oppose a controversial health care reform bill, which nonetheless moved forward in the Colorado Legislature after hours of debate and plenty of big changes. House Bill 21-1232 started out as a framework for a public option health insurance plan that would have been established by the state […]

Democratic lawmakers amend major health care bill, remove public option provisions

BY: - April 28, 2021

State lawmakers on a House committee approved a major rewrite Tuesday of one of the most controversial bills of the 2021 legislative session. Originally, House Bill 21-1232 would have created a two-phase path to a government-established, nonprofit-managed public option for health insurance. The Colorado Option would have kicked in, in phase two, if insurers failed […]

Small-dollar donations drive record-shattering fundraising in 3rd Congressional District

BY: - April 17, 2021

The battle for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat is widely expected to be one of the most closely contested races on the state’s 2022 ballot — and it’s already on pace to shatter spending records. Incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign raised $846,156 in the first three months of 2021, according to campaign-finance disclosures filed this […]

Public option news conference

Colorado Democrats introduce public option bill to create nonprofit-managed health insurance plan

BY: - March 19, 2021

A group of Colorado Democrats officially introduced legislation that would potentially create the Colorado Option: a lower-cost, nonprofit-managed health insurance plan sold on the individual and small group markets that all providers would be required to accept. Under the legislation, the Colorado Option would only become available — starting in 2025 — if private insurance […]

COMMENTARY

Don’t let government curb free speech to stop its abuse

BY: - March 11, 2021

One of the most alarming bills so far introduced during the current session of the Colorado General Assembly is a proposed law known as “Digital Communications Regulation.” The law is audacious in its intent, hair-raising in its scope, and contemptible in its implications. It should never have made it into official circulation, and no lawmaker […]

State Rep. Donald Valdez

Rep. Donald Valdez announces run for Boebert’s congressional seat

BY: - February 18, 2021

State Rep. Donald Valdez, a farmer and rancher from La Jara, today joined the list of Colorado Democrats hoping to oust freshman U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. In announcing his candidacy, Valdez said a top priority for him in Congress would be fighting to keep water in the San Luis Valley for agriculture. Boebert’s “conspiracy theories” […]

As deadline looms, coronavirus relief funds haven’t gotten to Colorado’s small local governments

BY: - November 30, 2020

As the pandemic’s health and economic consequences reverberate across the nation, Colorado’s smaller counties, cities and special districts risk losing millions of dollars in federal support that expires at the end of the year. In Colorado alone, two-thirds of the $275 million set aside for small local governments remained unspent as of Nov. 24. Some […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25

BY: - September 25, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery. The news briefing will be conducted from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Polis is traveling to […]