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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.

COVID hospitalizations in Colorado reach their highest level since January

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported there were 705 people hospitalized because of the virus at the end of this week


Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to boost out-of-school learning

Initiative 25 would impose a new 3% sales tax on recreational marijuana starting on Jan. 1 and increasing to 5% by Jan. 1, 2024. That's in addition to the existing 15% state sales tax on recreational marijuana.

Politics and Government

The first established politician has jumped into the race for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District

State Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Thornton Democrat and pediatrician, announced her bid despite the new district’s boundaries still being unclear

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Business records tie Lauren Boebert to husband’s natural gas consulting firm

The Garfield County Republican’s husband, Jayson Boebert, reported nearly $1 million in payments from a natural gas drilling company that operates in the Western Slope over a two-year span

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CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. Here’s why Colorado companies are pushing for that to (quickly) change.

Colorado is at the center of the nation’s cannabidiol boom, producing much of the nation’s hemp and serving as home to many CBD sellers


John Hickenlooper tests positive for COVID-19, has only mild symptoms

Hickenlooper, a Colorado Democrat, was vaccinated against the disease


Mesa County treasurer appointed to oversee upcoming election as FBI joins investigation into clerk’s office

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner will oversee the county's upcoming elections with the help of a three-person commission

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“A lot of complex feelings”: How 3 Colorado veterans who served in Afghanistan feel about the country’s collapse

Forty Coloradans died in the war in Afghanistan. Fort Carson in Colorado Springs lost nearly 100 soldiers to the conflict.

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Colorado secretary of state will not allow Mesa County’s clerk to oversee upcoming election

The decision comes as Tina Peters is under investigation for her involvement in the leak of images containing Mesa County elections system passwords

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Democratic Colorado congressman on Afghanistan: “We didn’t need to be in this position”

Jason Crow, an Army veteran who fought in Afghanistan, says the U.S. must work hard to evacuate as many Afghans who helped American troops as possible

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I-70 through Glenwood Canyon partially reopens; full reopening may not happen until Thanksgiving

The Colorado Department of Transportation warned motorists to prepare for heavy traffic and delays on Saturday afternoon


Colorado’s top election official orders Mesa County to scrap voting equipment after passwords leak

Jena Griswold wrote in an order that her office "finds it cannot establish a verifiable chain of custody for any of the voting systems components in Mesa County"

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Colorado’s top election official squarely blames Mesa County clerk for voting equipment passwords breach

As the investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters’ office ramped up on Tuesday, the Republican official appeared at a “cyber security” conference hosted by the “MyPillow Guy” where he espoused baseless claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election

Politics and Government

Colorado Republicans aren’t winning many elections these days, so they’re turning to ballot questions instead

Colorado conservatives have seen some success in recent years by bringing and opposing ballot measures, mostly around cutting taxes

Politics and Government

CDOT reaches $14 million settlement over partial 2019 collapse of U.S. 36

The settlement covers the majority of the $17 million it cost for CDOT to repair the stretch of eastbound lanes near Wadsworth Boulevard


Coloradans are paying a lot more for Uber and Lyft trips — if they can even find a ride. Here’s why.

The ride-hailing companies are experiencing a driver shortage. That’s why, just as the pandemic eases and people flock to restaurants and bars, prices have jumped.


Colorado reenacts mask mandate for nursing homes, regardless of vaccination status

The restriction is another hint at the worsening coronavirus situation in Colorado and across the country, driven by spread of the more contagious delta variant


Colorado governor warns “we expect it to get worse” as delta variant drives spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

About 360 people were hospitalized in Colorado because of coronavirus on Monday, up about 100 over last week


I-70 in Glenwood Canyon will remain closed after CDOT finds damage “unlike anything they had seen before”

To detour around the latest closure, motorists are asked to travel north on U.S. 40 through Steamboat Springs, which adds several hours


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

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

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