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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.

John Hickenlooper wins over some environmental critics with big role in Democrats’ climate bill

Two years after a Democratic primary in which Hickenlooper was criticized for being too cozy with the oil and gas industry and weak on climate change, he is being hailed as a climate champion

Politics and Government
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Colorado pays $387K to resolve CDPHE whistleblower lawsuit from state’s former disease control chief

The state did not admit fault in relinquishing the funds to Dr. Tony Cappello


Democratic state senator from Colorado Springs indicted on felony charge

Prosecutors in El Paso County say Sen. Pete Lee is accused of providing false information as to his residence

Politics and Government

Poll indicates it’s very tight race between Barbara Kirkmeyer, Yadira Caraveo in Colorado’s 8th Congressional District

The poll, conducted on behalf of Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo’s campaign, shows Caraveo down 2 percentage points to Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer

Election 2022

Barbara Kirkmeyer once pushed part of Colorado to pursue breaking off to form a new state. She has no regrets.

Now that Kirkmeyer is running to represent Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, Democrats are using her secession push as a way to label her as too extreme

Election 2022

The recount results are in: Tina Peters remains a loser in Colorado secretary of state’s race

The results of a statewide recount of the more than 623,000 votes cast in the contest last month showed Peters still losing by about 90,000 votes to former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson

Election 2022

Jared Polis’ name isn’t on TABOR refund checks heading to Coloradans. But it will be on a letter accompanying them.

The refund checks, $750 for single tax filers and $1,500 for joint tax filers, are a result of tax revenues collected by the state in excess of the TABOR cap on government growth in spending

Politics and Government

Why a Maryland congressman has spent $1 million on a Colorado liquor license ballot initiative 

As many as four alcohol-related measures could be on the November ballot as national chains clash with smaller liquor store owners in Colorado

Election 2022

Colorado clerks will conduct recount in Republican primary for secretary of state after Tina Peters covers tab

Peters, the indicted Mesa County clerk known for being a 2020 election denier, lost the primary by nearly 90,000 votes to Pam Anderson, a former Jefferson County clerk

Election 2022

Rising inflation is on a collision course with Colorado’s TABOR cap. And the state budget is in the middle.

The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights cap on government growth and spending is determined by population growth and inflation. But there’s a lag that means Colorado’s fast-rising inflation rate isn’t reflected in the calculations.

Politics and Government

NTSB says pilot in fatal 2021 plane crash southwest of Denver was flying too low in the mountains

The National Transportation Safety Board last week issued a final report on the April 3, 2021, crash that killed Lelone Lewis


Heidi Ganahl wants to eliminate Colorado’s income tax, which accounts for about a third of the state’s budget

Income tax revenue is the largest source of funding for Colorado’s general fund. It’s expected to account for more than $11 billion this fiscal year.

Election 2022

New arrest warrant issued for Tina Peters after she allegedly violated protection order, bond conditions

The alleged violations stem from an email Peters sent seeking a recount of votes in her loss in last month's Republican primary for secretary of state

Politics and Government

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to decriminalize magic mushrooms

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Thursday that the supporters of Initiative 58 had turned in enough signatures to qualify for the upcoming statewide ballot

Election 2022

Michael Bennet begins campaigning in earnest with first TV ad as Republicans focus more on Colorado’s Senate race

Mitch McConnell said he is “all in in Colorado,” which is a big indication national Republicans plan to commit resources to try to defeat Democrat Michael Bennet this year

Election 2022

The statewide gun regulations adopted in Colorado in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting

Since the attack 10 years ago, no fewer than 10 statewide changes to gun policy have been adopted in Colorado

Crime and Courts

Plane that crashed in Boulder County, killing 4, was on local sightseeing flight, NTSB says

The NTSB says the plane was flying for Bluebird Aviation, a Broomfield-based company that offered sightseeing flights


Plane that crashed in Boulder County, killing 4, was associated with aerial sightseeing service

The Cessna 337, a twin-engine propeller plane, was used by Bluebird Aviation, according to online reviews and photos posted by the company


Heidi Ganahl selects Danny Moore, Navy veteran who was removed as head of redistricting panel, as her running mate

Moore was removed as chair of the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission last year after his Facebook post questioning the outcome of the 2020 presidential election surfaced

Election 2022

4 people were aboard small plane that crashed in western Boulder County, FAA says

At least one of the four people were killed in the crash in Lefthand Canyon

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