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Jesse Paul

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Jesse Paul is a political reporter and editor at The Colorado Sun, covering the state legislature, Congress and local politics. He is the author of The Unaffiliated newsletter and also occasionally fills in on breaking news coverage.

A Colorado College graduate, Jesse worked at The Denver Post from June 2014 until July 2018, when he joined The Sun. He was also an intern at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware, his hometown.

Jesse has won awards for long form feature writing, public service reporting, sustained coverage and deadline news reporting.

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

Republicans called the measures a partisan distraction aimed at drawing voters’ attention away from rising inflation and crime on Democrats’ watch

Politics and Government

Colorado secretary of state files lawsuit to block Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from overseeing the 2022 election

A judge barred Peters from having an oversight role in the 2021 election after she was accused of facilitating a security breach of county election equipment

Politics and Government

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

Colorado’s governor invoked Taylor Swift and Star Trek as he discussed his focus on saving people money and reducing crime

Politics and Government

“A fighting tone”: Colorado Republicans are heading into the 2022 legislative session on the offensive

Over the past three years the GOP’s main strategy at the Capitol has been to try to slow down the Democratic machine through delay tactics like long speeches in protest of legislation

Politics and Government

Environmental groups launch six-figure ad campaign pressuring Colorado’s governor to act on abandoned oil and gas wells

The groups behind the campaign, which comes as Gov. Jared Polis is gearing up for a reelection push, are the Sierra Club, ProgressNow Colorado, LOGIC Colorado and Colorado Rising

Politics and Government

Brittany Pettersen is running for the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Ed Perlmutter

Pettersen is a Democratic state senator from Lakewood who has spent nearly a decade in the Colorado legislature. “I’m battle tested,” she said. “I have what it takes to win this seat.”

Politics and Government

Ed Perlmutter says he won’t seek reelection, upending Colorado’s 2022 political landscape

The news will reshuffle Colorado's political landscape heading into the 2022 election

Politics and Government

Two snowshoers, dog killed in backcountry avalanche near Breckenridge

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the avalanche happened on Hoosier Pass, which is just south of Breckenridge off Colorado 9


“Hang on to one another”: Joe Biden consoles Marshall fire survivors during Colorado visit

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, whose district includes the burned neighborhoods, accompanied Biden during his visit

Marshall Fire

What will be debated at the Colorado Capitol when the legislature returns next week

Gov. Jared Polis and four state lawmakers joined The Colorado Sun for an event ahead of the 2022 legislative session

Politics and Government

Marshall fire destroyed 1,084 homes collectively worth more than $513 million, authorities now say

Of the homes destroyed, 550 were in Louisville, 378 were in Superior and 156 were in unincorporated Boulder County.

Marshall Fire

The minute-by-minute story of the Marshall fire’s wind-fueled tear through Boulder County

It took just over an hour for flames to make their way from Colorado 93 east of Eldorado Springs to Louisville. People in the fire’s path were caught off guard. Some barely escaped.

Marshall Fire

Republican state Sen. Don Coram will run to unseat Lauren Boebert

Coram told a group of constituents in Montrose on Wednesday morning “the papers have been filed” for his congressional bid

Politics and Government

President Joe Biden will tour Boulder County fire damage on Friday

The visit was announced by U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat, who said he and Gov. Jared Polis will accompany Biden during the visit.

Marshall Fire

“Where do we go to escape this?” The Marshall fire is Colorado’s new reality.

The Marshall fire’s spread through a densely developed, urban environment made one thing clear: Very few parts of Colorado are completely safe from wildfire.

Marshall Fire

MAP: These are the 991 structures destroyed and 127 damaged in the Marshall fire

Boulder County authorities on Saturday released a list of the addresses of the 991 homes destroyed and 127 damaged in the 6,000-acre fire

Marshall Fire

Three people are missing — and presumed dead — after Marshall fire, Boulder County authorities now say

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle called it a miracle Friday that no one had been killed in the fire, which destroyed at least 991 homes. But officials now say he had not been properly briefed.

Marshall Fire

What Boulder County residents returning home after the Marshall fire found

Residents who reached their destroyed homes said they were worried about natural gas still coming from gas meters.

Marshall Fire

Up to 1,000 homes may have burned in Marshall fire as snow stops spread

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said no fatalities have been reported. More than 500 homes are confirmed destroyed and the number could rise to 1,000.

Marshall Fire

Mountain counties, San Luis Valley will experience power, natural gas outages because of Boulder County wildfire

Xcel said the outages in Summit, Grand, Lake, Eagle, Saguache, Rio Grande and Alamosa counties "will generally last about 60 minutes."

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