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Pueblo will elect its first mayor in decades today. Here’s why the city hopes the move will be a watershed moment.

PUEBLO — One of two candidates vying to become this city’s first mayor in about six decades likes to crack a joke to explain why the new role is so important. It goes like this: A spaceship lands in Pueblo and some aliens get out. “Take me to your leader,” one demands. “We wouldn’t know […]

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Officials want to keep drones away from Colorado wildfires. But how do you halt something you can’t see?

State lawmakers and wildfire officials in Colorado have been working frantically to educate the public about the dangers of flying drones near wildland blazes and their potential to down a firefighting aircraft. There have been social media campaigns and news releases. Legislation was even passed last year making it illegal. But how do you enforce […]

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Gov. Jared Polis unveils ambitious, expensive plans in first State of the State. Here’s the speech, annotated.

Gov. Jared Polis outlined an ambitious — and equally expensive — agenda Thursday in his first State of the State address. The tenor of the 55-minute speech, interrupted dozens of times for applause, left the Democratic majority hopeful, but also anxious about how to deliver on all the policy priorities. Republicans, too, wanted more specifics […]

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Colorado’s new attorney general plans legal action against Trump administration over health care, citizenship question

Colorado’s new attorney general on Wednesday outlined a list of legal challenges he plans to either join or explore joining against the Trump administration, starting with lawsuits aiming to protect the Affordable Care Act. Phil Weiser said his priority is to sign Colorado onto a challenge with other Democratic state attorneys general appealing a federal […]

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Jared Polis makes history as he becomes Colorado’s governor. Here’s what it means.

Jared S. Polis took the oath of office Tuesday, becoming the nation’s first openly gay man elected as governor and Colorado’s first Jewish chief executive. The Democrat from Boulder is the state’s 43rd governor and his partner, Marlon Reis, is the state’s first first gentleman. The ceremony took place on the Capitol steps under banners […]

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Cynthia Coffman once had a bright political future. Here’s what Colorado’s GOP attorney general has to say as she leaves office.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is leaving her post Tuesday, marking an end to one of the more dramatic departures from power in Colorado’s recent political history. It would have been hard to imagine four years ago that the rising Republican star would fail to land on her party’s 2018 primary ballot for governor, let alone […]

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Leroy Garcia’s opening remarks are notable for what he didn’t mention. Here’s the Colorado Senate president’s speech, annotated.

The 72nd General Assembly, with Democrats at the helm of the House and Senate, convened Friday for the 120-day lawmaking term. The new Democratic leaders in each chamber — House Speaker KC Becker and Senate President Leroy Garcia — gave opening-day remarks that outlined their visions for the 2019 session and the party’s legislative agenda. […]

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The top 10 issues to watch in Colorado’s 2019 legislative session

The new Democratic majority at the state Capitol is poised to make significant policy shifts in Colorado after four years of stalemate in a divided General Assembly. The party’s complete grip on the levers of power will move different issues to the forefront and put Republicans — who had held the state Senate since 2015 […]