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Jesse Paul

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Kristi Burton Brown elected as next Colorado GOP chair, vows to bring “a new generation of leadership”

Burton Brown was serving as the vice chair of the state party. She got her start in politics as an anti-abortion advocate.

Politics and Government

Arvada gun shop says it sold firearm to suspect in Boulder King Soopers shooting after background check

Boulder's Police chief says a semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 purchased in Arvada was used in the grocery store attack that left 10 people dead.

Crime and Courts

Lawyers for Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect say they are assessing the extent of his “mental illness”

Ten people were killed in the attack on Monday. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old from Arvada, had a limited criminal history leading up to the shooting.

Crime and Courts

7 states have an assault weapons ban. Colorado is not among them — at least not yet.

It appears unlikely that Congress will be able to pass an assault weapons ban, and so state lawmakers are feeling pressure from their constituents to act

Crime and Courts

Suspect in Boulder mass shooting was arrested for attack on Arvada West High School classmate

Other than his arrest in the 2017 high school assault, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa did not have a criminal record in Colorado

Crime and Courts

“You can’t unsee anything”: What Michael Dougherty, Boulder’s district attorney, faces as he investigates the King Soopers shooting

Dougherty was appointed to his position in 2018 and then elected to the post. Before that, he served as the No. 2 prosecutor in Jefferson County and worked at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office

Crime and Courts

Suspect bought gun days before shooting at Boulder King Soopers, is accused of 10 counts of murder

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold, speaking at a news conference in Boulder on Tuesday morning, also identified the alleged gunman as a 21-year-old Arvada man

Crime and Courts

“He just shot at us twice!” Emergency radio traffic reveals harrowing massacre at Boulder King Soopers

The Colorado Sun listened to archived emergency radio scanner traffic to paint a picture of how the police response to Monday’s shooting unfolded in real time

Crime and Courts

10 people killed — including a police officer — in shooting at Boulder King Soopers

The massacre is the latest in a string of mass shootings in Colorado over the past 25 years that have been among the most notorious and deadly in American history

Crime and Courts

Colorado will loosen its coronavirus dial system next week, allow bars to reopen across much of the state and end personal gathering limits

Colorado is also removing its limit on personal gathering sizes, though CDPHE notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still strongly recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus

4 charts explaining Colorado’s sharply improving economy, even as low-income workers lag behind

The outlook is so rosy that lawmakers may even be forced to return money to Coloradans in the coming years because of government growth restrictions imposed by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights

Economy

Colorado’s congressional, legislative redistricting commissions may start work with old population data

This week, Gov. Jared Polis, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Colorado General Assembly, and the co-chairs of the campaign for Amendments Y and Z urged the congressional redistricting panel to push ahead using population estimates from 2019

Politics and Government

Here are the new gas and road-usage fees behind Colorado Democrats’ $4 billion transportation plan

The new fees would start in July 2022 to pay for infrastructure projects, efforts to improve air quality and public transportation initiatives

Transportation

Colorado Democrats unveil their public health insurance option proposal. Here’s how it would work.

The Colorado Sun combed through the bill and talked to its sponsors to learn what the measure would do

Health

How Michael Bennet plans to ensure the Child Tax Credit expansion lasts longer than a year

The policy, which essentially provides guaranteed income for the vast majority of Americans with children, was included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill. There’s no guarantee it won’t go away in 2022.

Politics and Government

4 of the 5 candidates running to lead the Colorado GOP are still casting doubt on the 2020 election results

Unfounded allegations of fraud in last year's presidential election have become a main focus in the battle to replace outgoing Colorado GOP Chair Ken Buck

Politics and Government

Colorado is beginning to see the benefits of coronavirus vaccinations in case rates, health officials say

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Colorado’s top epidemiologist, and Dr. Jon Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, said there is a decreasing number of hospitalizations and cases among people 70 and older

Coronavirus

Colorado Supreme Court confirms that Democrats’ speed-reading of bills violated state constitution

The situation arose from Republicans' efforts to stall the lawmaking process in protest of Democratic policies

Politics and Government

Gregg Smith ends his bid to unseat Republican Lauren Boebert

The Democrat’s campaign lasted only about six weeks, but he feels there are qualified progressive candidates who can win in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

Politics and Government

How Colorado is changing standardized tests for elementary and middle school students this year — and why

House Bill 1161, which could be signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis as soon as Tuesday, is the result of a compromise between the testing opponents and proponents

Education
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