John Frank is a former Colorado Sun staff writer. He left the publication in January 2021.
John Hickenlooper tapped for big task at the start: Find a bipartisan deal on additional COVID-19 relief
Colorado’s junior U.S. senator is part of the “Sweet 16” group. His priorities include finding more money for small business economic relief.
Gov. Jared Polis wanted quick action on his $1.3 billion stimulus plan. Colorado lawmakers want more time.
Legislative budget writers decided that the governor’s measures needed more consideration and debate and didn’t fit the definition for mid-year spending adjustments
Grand Junction fights to keep Bureau of Land Management headquarters with its future under Biden unclear
President Donald Trump moved the public lands agency to Colorado from Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden administrations may move it back.
Small liquor stores in Colorado felt pinched by new alcohol laws. Now more changes are coming.
The impacts from liberalizing the state’s alcohol laws five years ago with the addition of major liquor store chains and beer sales in grocery stores are still being felt
Here’s what to expect as the Colorado legislature starts its 2021 lawmaking term with a “soft open”
The General Assembly plans to consider at least nine bills in a three-day session before adjourning the lawmaking to Feb. 16
Colorado lawmakers will get access to COVID-19 vaccine ahead of thousands of others in second phase
Republicans are wary of the plan, with one GOP lawmaker saying he will wait to get inoculated because he feels he is cutting in line
Colorado lawmakers considering new fee on gallon of gas to boost money for roads
Gov. Jared Polis has made clear to lawmakers he wants a bipartisan deal this session, according to advocates who say this year could break the impasses in prior sessions
The top story in Colorado politics in 2020 — and what to expect in 2021
The coronavirus pandemic dominated headlines inside and outside politics, but the U.S. Senate race also ranked high on the list
The best Colorado beers and breweries in 2020 and what to watch in 2021
A survey of beer fans and rankings from the Untappd app reveal what breweries stood above the crowd in Colorado
Colorado’s fiscal future looks brighter. Now lawmakers must decide how to spend the unexpected windfall.
The December revenue forecasts from the governor’s office and legislative economists show the recovery is impacting high-wage and low-wage workers differently
It’s the time of year for barrel-aged beers in Colorado, but not all are turning to the dark side
Rocky Mountain Barrel Company in Wheat Ridge is the hub for Colorado brewers to find barrels from across the globe
Colorado GOP dismisses concerns about fraud at its caucuses. But one leader calls it a whitewashed report.
A special commission found more problems at the party caucuses in Weld County than previously known, but argued none of it amounted to criminal behavior
Colorado’s public school enrollment has dropped by 30,000 students. That could spell financial disaster for districts.
Public schools reported a decrease in the number of students for the first time in 30 years, many of them in early grades.
Colorado reports nearly 29,000 rejected ballots in the 2020 election, with younger voters the bulk of total
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold certified the 2020 election and said the state would look at ways to lower rejection rate
What we know and don’t know about the coronavirus infections of Colorado’s governor and his partner
Marlon Reis, the first gentleman, was taken to a hospital on Sunday night by Gov. Jared Polis after experiencing shortness of breath and a worsening cough
Colorado lawmakers water down requirement that counties comply with coronavirus restrictions to get aid
On the final day of Colorado’s special legislative session, during which 10 bills were passed, Democrats in the General Assembly backtracked on one of the most controversial aspects of their $200 million-plus relief package
Colorado lawmakers’ coronavirus aid plans include distributing $22.5 million in taxpayer money through nonprofits
Democrats claim that sending the money through non-governmental organizations will ensure it is distributed quickly. Republicans worry about plans to send aid to people living in the U.S. illegally.
Colorado lawmakers reconvene to consider stimulus plan, but experts question the cost to the state
Gov. Jared Polis put forward a $1.3 billion stimulus plan and called a special legislative session to take the steps to help unemployed and businesses
How the Cardboard Cory protest in Colorado helped Democrats defeat Gardner in the U.S. Senate race
A group of activists and ProgressNow Colorado shaped the political conversation and created one of the most iconic advocacy campaigns in recent memory
Colorado lawmakers will return for special session to address coronavirus relief
Gov. Jared Polis wants lawmakers to take immediate action on elements of his $1.3 billion stimulus package that includes relief for restaurant owners and other small businesses