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How do Republicans stay relevant in the Colorado legislature? It depends who you ask.

It’s been four years since Republicans have been at such a political disadvantage at the Colorado Capitol, struggling for relevance against a majority so deep there are more Democrats in the House than GOP lawmakers in the entire legislature. And the party is split on how to regain traction. “Republicans are in an unbelievable pickle,” […]

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“It feels like a Band-Aid”: Colorado federal workers’ unemployment claims near 3,000 as short-term shutdown deal is reached

Unemployment claims from federal workers in Colorado neared 3,000 on Friday with $442,298 paid out to those furloughed folks before President Donald Trump agreed to fully reopen the federal government — at least temporarily. It was hardly reassurance, though, of a permanent fix to the political impasse that’s captivated the nation for more than a […]

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Soured by Denver lemonade stand incident, Colorado could allow kid businesses to operate permit-free

Children’s lemonade stands in Colorado could soon be spared from being soured by local regulations. A bill inspired by three young Denver boys whose lemonade stand was shut down by police last summer for lacking a permit has been introduced in the Colorado Senate. It would allow anyone under the age of 18 to operate […]

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Nick Gradisar bests Steve Nawrocki to become Pueblo’s first mayor in more than 60 years

Nick Gradisar will become Pueblo’s first mayor in more than 60 years. The lawyer and longtime political fixture in the southern Colorado city had a wide lead over former Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki as runoff election results rolled in Tuesday night. Nawrocki conceded shortly after 7 p.m., when the tally reached 11,858 votes […]

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Colorado’s new attorney general wants $4.2 million for organizational makeover as part of big shift from his GOP predecessor

It’s not just lawsuits against the Trump administration. Colorado’s new attorney general, Democrat Phil Weiser, has big plans to remake the office he oversees. And they’re not cheap. He’s seeking $4.2 million more in the next fiscal year than his Republican predecessor’s budget for priority initiatives and pay raises for his lawyers. The new spending […]

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Man dies in backcountry slide near Aspen, becoming Colorado’s second avalanche death of the season

An avalanche buried and killed a man backcountry skiing near Aspen on Monday morning. The second Colorado avalanche death of the season came amid heightened risk of snow slides across the state. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says it was notified about 10:30 a.m. of the avalanche in the Express Creek drainage south of Aspen. […]

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Denver’s DeGette wields subpoena power as Democrats prepare to investigate Trump. Here’s how she’ll use it.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, is at the helm of one of Congress’ most powerful investigations panels after her party’s stunning November victories — a role that means she wields subpoena powers. And although she says Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and investigations are still trying to […]

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More electric vehicles will likely be available in Colorado after a new executive order from Gov. Polis

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday signed a sweeping executive order aimed at increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles in Colorado, a move that’s expected to mean more electric cars will be available for purchase in the state and which sets Colorado on a path to be aligned with California’s standards. Polis also directed transportation officials […]

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Gov. Polis says the federal shutdown isn’t impacting Colorado’s state budget — but that could quickly change

Like every other state, Colorado has been feeling the pinch of the ongoing federal government shutdown. But Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday it’s not affecting the makeup of the state’s budget — yet. “We don’t feel at this point, if the government were to reopen promptly, that there necessarily would be a budget impact to […]

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Gov. Polis prioritizes education in first budget request, but Democratic lawmakers are skeptical

Gov. Jared Polis wants to spend more money on education in his first budget request, including his promise of free, full-day kindergarten, but state lawmakers immediately cast doubt on his plans. The Democrat asked state lawmakers Tuesday to earmark $227 million for kindergarten students and added another $26 million to help school districts implement the […]