Leroy Garcia

Report: Veteran suicides far outstrip combat deaths in post-9/11 wars

BY: - July 8, 2021

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, 7,057 U.S. military service members were killed in war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Deaths by suicide among veterans and service members who served post-9/11 amount to more than four times that number, according to a recent report that’s part of the Costs of War project from […]

To-go cocktails, a COVID-era innovation, probably won’t disappear in Colorado

BY: - May 27, 2021

It looks like beer, wine and cocktails to-go are here to stay a while in Colorado — until 2026, at least. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Colorado lawmakers passed a law allowing businesses licensed to serve alcohol on their premises to also offer drinks for takeout and delivery. That policy was set to expire on […]

Boulder route ‘recommended’ by commissioners as Front Range rail momentum builds

BY: - April 24, 2021

A passenger rail line along the Front Range is closer to becoming reality than ever before — and one of the three routes studied most closely by state officials has emerged as the clear favorite. Members of the Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission voted on Friday to formally recommend an alignment that […]

Jared Polis and Dave Young

Polis, state lawmakers ask Coloradans: What’s best use of stimulus money?

BY: - March 22, 2021

Besides $1,400 stimulus payments for many Americans, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan includes an extension of expanded unemployment benefits, funding for COVID-19 testing and vaccines, and aid for school districts. It also features an extra $4.1 billion for lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly to allocate through the state budget. Gov. Jared Polis, Treasurer […]

‘We as a branch are in crisis’: Colorado chief justice speaks about allegations during annual address to lawmakers

BY: - February 18, 2021

In early February, allegations emerged that former chief of staff Mindy Masias was awarded $2.5 million contract in order to prevent her from filing a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the Branch.

Sen. Leroy Garcia

Q&A with Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia

BY: - January 28, 2021

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia, a Pueblo Democrat who works as a paramedic, figures his low tolerance for “political bickering and brinkmanship” earned him the support of his colleagues in the Legislature. The Marine Corps veteran was first elected to the Colorado Senate in 2014. Before that, he’d served for two years in the state […]

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Colorado Democrats announce they’ll delay legislative session until February

BY: - December 22, 2020

The Colorado General Assembly will convene for the start of the regular legislative session on Jan. 13, as planned. But state lawmakers’ January activities at the Capitol will include only “urgent business” and swearing in new members, House and Senate Democratic leaders announced Dec. 21. After that, they will recess until Feb. 16. “Recessing until […]

Senate President Leroy Garcia

Democrats detail special session plans to help Coloradans during pandemic

BY: - November 30, 2020

One day ahead of a special session on coronavirus relief, Democratic lawmakers provided more details about their plans for helping Colorado families, communities and small businesses in the final weeks of 2020. The administration of Gov. Jared Polis and Democratic leaders in the state House and Senate have framed the session as a necessary stopgap […]

‘One step forward and two steps back’: Navigating housing instability during the pandemic

BY: - November 19, 2020

Prior to the pandemic, Erika Joye had never missed a rent payment.  She moved to Lyons in July with her two kids after going through a lengthy — and expensive — divorce. Soon after moving, her 9-year-old son got bit by a rattlesnake and spent three days in an intensive care unit. She had gotten […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19 at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17

BY: - November 17, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted from the Governor’s Mansion. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. The governor is expected to be joined during the briefing […]

Colorado Democrats elect Garnett as House speaker

BY: - November 5, 2020

Colorado House Democrats elected Rep. Alec Garnett of Denver as the new House speaker on Nov. 5, replacing Rep. KC Becker, of Boulder, who is term-limited. Garnett faced no opposition, but the battle for House majority leader was more competitive — with Reps. Adrienne Benavidez of Commerce City, Daneya Esgar of Pueblo, Chris Kennedy of […]

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Colorado Democrats make case for Biden to veterans

BY: - September 17, 2020

Following the publication of a report in The Atlantic that President Donald Trump disparaged military service members, the campaign of Joe Biden has wasted no time in framing the former vice president as the stronger candidate on veterans’ issues. “At a time when we have a person in the White House who sadly is degrading […]