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Colorado doesn’t have a statewide fire-resistant construction requirement. In the Marshall fire’s wake, critics say it’s time.

Foundations are all that’s left of the Sagamore neighborhood in Superior after the Marshall Fire tore through the development last month. Every home in the development was destroyed in the fire. (Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun) In the Boulder County foothills, people building homes must follow a checklist of requirements meant to keep […]

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State probe of Douglas County clerk finds no threat to election system

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office found no evidence of a breach in security protocols for voting system equipment in Douglas County, it said Thursday. “After receiving responses from Douglas County, my office is satisfied that there is no current threat to the county’s election system,” Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a […]

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Steve Fenberg selected as next president of the Colorado Senate

Colorado Senate Democrats on Wednesday selected Sen. Steve Fenberg to be the chamber’s next president, a position in which the Boulder lawmaker will help steer the direction of the entire legislature. Fenberg had been serving as the Senate majority leader, the No. 2 position in the chamber. He was elected president by acclamation, without a […]

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Colorado’s pension system missed out on millions after lawmakers parked cash in low-interest account

Colorado’s pension system missed out on millions of dollars in potential investment revenue as a result of lawmakers’ decision last year to park money in a low-interest bank account, according to an analysis by nonpartisan legislative staff.  The legislature set aside $380 million last year in a low-interest bank account to ensure the state could […]

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Colorado’s top election official demands answers from third GOP county clerk on alleged election server copying

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Thursday ordered Douglas County Clerk Merlin Klotz to answer questions and turn over information about a copy of his county’s election system that was allegedly made.  Klotz is one of three Republican county clerks being investigated by Griswold’s office for making copies of their election system hard drives.  […]

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Colorado is planning a shift to an “endemic response” to COVID-19, possibly as soon as summer

As Colorado shifts toward an endemic response to COVID-19, the state health department is looking to the private sector for help in rethinking strategies to deal with the presence of the virus forever, and appears to be trying to shed its central role in limiting its spread in the process. The Colorado Department of Public […]

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District Attorney John Kellner, a Republican, is running to unseat Colorado’s attorney general

John Kellner, the 18th Judicial District attorney, on Thursday became the first Republican to declare their candidacy to challenge Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat, in November. Kellner announced his bid in a Colorado Politics opinion piece focusing heavily on crime, an issue GOP candidates across the state are attacking Democrats over. “Right now […]

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Colorado lawmakers want to tweak how at-risk students are counted amid broader school-funding overhaul

State lawmakers are looking to tweak how Colorado distributes money to help school districts support their neediest students, fearing that the current definition of “at-risk,” a measure used to determine funding, is no longer accurate. Tens of millions of dollars could be on the line. The state uses free and reduced-price lunch sign-ups to help […]

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“You’re under threat”: Voting rights resolutions at Colorado statehouse become election-year pitch from Democrats

Speaker Alec Garnett looked into the camera live-broadcasting his remarks from the Colorado House chambers on Tuesday and made a pitch to Coloradans.  “The choice is clear,” the Denver Democrat said during debate over a resolution seeking to reaffirm the 2020 presidential results and calling on Congress to pass Democrats’ stalled voting access bills.  Garnett […]

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The 7 biggest lines from Gov. Jared Polis’ 2022 State of the State address — and why they’re so notable

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday delivered the final State of the State address of his first term, focusing mostly on the ways in which his administration and fellow Democrats plan to drive down the cost of living in Colorado. Polis also discussed his plans to combat rising crime and gaps in children’s mental health care, […]