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Dick Lamm, former governor of Colorado who “captured a moment,” dies at 85

The cause was complications related to a a pulmonary embolism the former governor suffered earlier in the week

Politics and Government
8:40 AM MDT

Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $8.3 billion for Western water. Here’s how Colorado stands to benefit.

$300 million would go directly to carrying out the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan, $50 million of which would go to Upper Basin states, including Colorado

Politics and Government
3:15 AM MDT

Colorado lawmakers blocked some misdemeanor offenders from buying guns. They also made it OK for some felons to own them.

The change to Colorado’s felon-in-possession law was made through Senate Bill 271, a 304-page measure that mostly made changes to the state’s misdemeanor code

Politics and Government

Colorado governor not pursuing COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees as delta variant rages

Cases are rising across the U.S. and in Colorado as the delta variant, which is far more contagious than other strains of the disease, spreads


Interior secretary, speaking in Denver, stands by Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead Bureau of Land Management

Deb Haaland is in Colorado in large part to visit the BLM’s headquarters in Grand Junction as she decides whether to keep it there

Politics and Government

Despite partisan rhetoric at the Colorado Capitol, just 4.4% of bills this year passed along purely party lines

The analysis, the second such study conducted by The Colorado Sun in three years, once again indicates more bipartisanship in the Colorado General Assembly than might be expected

Politics and Government

Colorado AFL-CIO will withhold donations to Democratic campaign committees through May 2022, saying unions have been “excluded”

“We need the Colorado Democratic Party to treat us like authentic partners,” Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Dennis Dougherty wrote in a letter to fellow labor leaders

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Michael Bennet believes the child tax credit expansion will be made permanent. But he’s not sure how long it will take.

The Colorado Democrat said during a Colorado Sun event that he’s still not sure for how long the expansion would be extended under Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill

Politics and Government

Mark Redwine guilty of murder in death of his 13-year-old son

The jury deliberated for about a day before reaching its verdict in the death of Dylan Redwine

Crime and Courts

Pilot appears to have been flying too low in mountains near Aspen before deadly crash

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the Beechcraft Bonanza was flying at an altitude of 11,500 feet on July 3 as it approached a mountain ridgeline with summits over 13,000 feet


Kent Thiry, DaVita indicted as part of federal investigation into labor market collusion

DaVita and Thiry are accused of two counts of violating the Sherman Act. Thiry faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Crime and Courts

Here’s how much money Colorado’s new nicotine, increased cigarette taxes generated in their first 5 months

Proposition EE, which was passed by voters in November and made the taxation changes, went into effect in January, raising the taxes on a pack of cigarettes to $1.94 from 84 cents

Politics and Government

Cassondra Stratton, wife of Colorado political strategist, is confirmed dead in Florida condo building collapse

The 40-year-old was on the phone with her husband, Michael Stratton, when the building near Miami fell


Four arrested on gun charges after investigation into “suspicious occurrence” at hotel near Coors Field

Denver police say the incident was reported at The Maven Hotel, which is a block away from Coors Field. The FBI said it has "no reason to believe" the situation was "a threat directed at the All-Star Game."

Crime and Courts

Colorado governor ends health emergency orders, rescinding many of his executive actions

The move is the latest sign that Colorado is moving past the pandemic, even as the economic effects of the health crisis linger and the dangerous Delta variant rages in the western part of the state


Colorado would get at least $50 million under proposed settlement of national opioid lawsuits against Purdue Pharma

The deal comes after Colorado and 14 other states late Wednesday agreed to drop their opposition to a bankruptcy plan filed by Purdue, the maker of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin


“We’re (expletive) idiots”: Some Democrats regret Colorado’s new redistricting process now that their party is in charge

If Y and Z hadn’t passed, Democrats would now have nearly unfettered power to draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2022 election, and more say over how legislative districts are drawn.

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Colorado governor signs wave of criminal justice bills into law, including ketamine measure spurred by Elijah McClain’s death

The legislation Gov. Jared Polis signed on Tuesday includes measures aimed at reducing burdensome court fees and the fallout that families in poverty can face when they don’t pay them

Crime and Courts

Woodland Park’s former police chief intimidated employees, led “extremely toxic” department, report says

Chief Miles De Young retired amid an investigation that found evidence of gender bias in his department. Two commanders were also placed on leave as part of an unrelated probe.

Crime and Courts

Colorado Democrats are heading into the 2022 election cycle in a position of strength, poll shows

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet lead a generic Republican candidate, the survey shows, and generic Democratic statehouse candidates would beat their GOP counterparts.

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