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Jesse Paul

The Colorado Sun — jesse@coloradosun.com

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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.

Colorado governor supports property tax cut measure on November ballot opposed by other Democrats

Gov. Jared Pols didn’t elaborate on his position, which is raising eyebrows among Democrats

Politics and Government

United is adding a Denver-Munich flight. Will the airline’s Tokyo route from the Mile High City ever resume?

Lufthansa, which like United is a Star Alliance airline, already operates flights from Denver to Munich and Frankfurt

Business

Property taxes would more than triple for Colorado short-term rental owners under statehouse proposal

State Sen. Chris Hansen, a Denver Democrat, said the change is aimed at ensuring schools and fire departments have enough local funding

Housing

Judge bars Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from having role in upcoming election

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold sued to block Peters from being involved in the November election amid criminal investigations into Peters’ office

Politics and Government

Navy nuclear engineer, wife who allegedly tried to pass submarine secrets worked as high school teachers in Colorado

Jonathan Toebbe taught physics at the Kent Denver School in Cherry Hills Village from 2005 to 2008. His wife, Diana, also taught science at the school

Crime and Courts

A Colorado-bound Afghan family was caught in the Kabul airport bombing. Some survivors still haven’t made it to America.

Ella Nabiyar, who lives in Broomfield, had 18 family members at the Kabul airport the day of the blast. Her brother and two cousins were killed.

Coloradans

Colorado election 2021 guide: What you need to know about the ballot initiatives and how to cast your vote

Election Day is Nov. 2 and voters will be making decisions on a slate of ballot measures, as well as local school board races

Politics and Government

Denver businessman becomes latest Republican to launch a bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet

Joe O’Dea hasn’t run for elected office before, but between his personal fortune and statewide connections he thinks he can win the crowded GOP primary and dislodge the Democratic incumbent

Politics and Government

Latest Colorado legislative draft maps, which would likely leave Democrats in control, could become the final versions

The commission has set an Oct. 12 deadline to vote on final state House and Senate maps

Politics and Government

Proposition 120: Voters will decide if Colorado property taxes will go down — at least for some

A law passed in the final days of Colorado’s 2021 legislative session gutted Proposition 120 to apply only to property tax assessment rates for multifamily housing and lodging properties

Politics and Government

Controversial Republican state Rep. Ron Hanks files to run for U.S. Senate in 2022

Hanks, who lives in Fremont County, has peddled baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election being fraudulent

Politics and Government

The ACLU has become a powerful player at the Colorado Capitol. But at what cost?

The organization’s policy team resigned this month after a stretch in which they championed the passage of legislation abolishing Colorado’s death penalty, reimagining law enforcement and reforming pre-trial policies

Politics and Government

8 takeaways from Colorado’s new congressional map

The proposal still needs to be approved by the Colorado Supreme Court, but we took a look at how it would affect the state’s political makeup

Politics and Government

Here is the new congressional map headed to the Colorado Supreme Court for final approval

The proposal was approved by Colorado's Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission by an 11-1 vote just before midnight after seven rounds of voting

Politics and Government

Biden nominates Cole Finegan to be the next top federal prosecutor in Colorado

Finegan, who is currently the managing partner of the Denver office of the sprawling Hogan Lovells law firm, is a known quantity in Colorado’s Democratic political circles

Politics and Government

Group files 11th-hour lawsuit seeking to block one of three questions on Colorado’s statewide ballot this year

The plaintiffs claim that Amendment 78, which would require more legislative oversight over how money from legal settlements and the federal government is spent, should not have been approved for the 2021 election

Politics and Government

Control of the Colorado Senate would come down to a handful of competitive districts under latest draft maps

The new maps could ultimately determine which party controls the state legislature, which has been in Democrats’ hands for the past three years

Politics and Government

Colorado’s economic recovery remains strong, but delta variant and supply chain issues are holding it back

Consumer spending is propping up the state’s economic growth as Colorado restaurant and hotel revenues exceed pre-pandemic levels

Politics and Government

Colorado Republicans decide not to opt out of 2022 primaries

The opt-out effort was defeated by a vote of 241-172, though the Colorado GOP may challenge the state's open primary system in court

Politics and Government

Bureau of Land Management headquarters will head from Colorado back to Washington, Biden administration says

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said that Grand Junction will be the agency's western headquarters and that its presence in the city will grow

Politics and Government
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