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The Colorado Capitol’s next big labor fight: whether to let local public workers unionize

A forthcoming bill would grant thousands more Colorado public employees a seat at the negotiating table

Politics and Government

A mental health hold can help Coloradans in crisis. But for many who are seriously ill, that’s where the help stops.

Mental health advocates want to overhaul the state law for 72-hour involuntary holds. But helping people with serious mental illness will require a lot more than that.

Politics and Government

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters announces reelection campaign amid new grand jury investigation

Peters, who has spread baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election being stolen, has been under scrutiny since she allegedly allowed an unauthorized person to attend a sensitive Dominion Voting Systems software update in May

Politics and Government

Marshall fire officially becomes Colorado’s most destructive, with 991 homes and businesses burned, officials confirm

Much of Louisville and Superior will reopen to residents starting Saturday afternoon. But many residents will be without potable water or natural gas

Wildfire

As many as 600 homes lost, 6 people injured as Marshall fire quickly spreads across Boulder County

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle says downed power lines may have sparked the wildfires.

Marshall Fire

Colorado has finalized its congressional redistricting, but don’t forget about your powerful county commission

Some counties won’t redraw their commission-district lines until 2023, thanks to a deadline extension granted by Colorado lawmakers

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers still have more than $2.6 billion in federal COVID stimulus to spend

Legislative task forces have been meeting for months to discuss how to make a dent on issues like affordable housing and mental health

Politics and Government

Colorado wants to keep investors from flipping water rights. Let the speculation begin.

Legislators want to tackle water speculation after two companies buying up water rights in Grand Valley and the San Luis Valley sparked fears

Environment

Ethics complaints are on the rise in Colorado. The one person in charge of investigating them says he needs help.

Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission has one employee responsible for everything from administrative work to investigating potential ethics violations

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District likely means a big change to the CU Board of Regents

With the addition of a new congressional district, the makeup of the University of Colorado’s governing board will likely change, too

Politics and Government

I-25 South Gap will open in mid-December, nearly a year ahead of schedule

Construction on the 18-mile stretch of highway began in 2018 and was expected to conclude at the end of 2022

Transportation

Tay Anderson files defamation lawsuit against activists who publicized sexual misconduct allegations

An independent investigation commissioned by Denver Public Schools cleared Anderson of the most serious allegations, but found he flirted with a 16-year-old student online

Education

Fast-growing wildfire near Estes Park threatening structures, prompts evacuations

The fire was burning in an area at Little Valley Road and Fish Creek Road near the south side of Estes Park

Wildfire

Colorado legislative maps get final approval from state Supreme Court

The legislative commission adopted maps that “fell within the range of reasonable options,” according to the ruling

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new overtime pay rules for agricultural workers are too weak, advocates say

Regulations from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment would phase in overtime pay, equivalent to time-and-a-half, over a few years, with farm workers receiving overtime after working 60 hours a week starting in 2022

Politics and Government

Despite Colorado’s new redistricting process being independent, there was still plenty of political influence

Proponents of Amendments Y and Z never expected to eliminate partisan politics from redistricting, but they say it was fundamentally different under the new system

Politics and Government

Amendment 78: Colorado voters reject giving lawmakers more oversight on spending

With more than 1 million ballots counted as of 9 p.m., Amendment 78 was failing with 44% voting in favor of the measure and 56% against it

Politics and Government

Colorado Supreme Court approves new congressional map drawn by redistricting commission

The court rejected arguments from Democratic and Latino advocacy groups that the map should be sent back to the commission to be changed because of voting rights issues

Politics and Government

Here are the legal challenges to Colorado’s new legislative maps

Some groups object to splitting Greeley and Lakewood, while a GOP coalition wrote in support of both plans

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new state House and Senate maps drew several Democrats into Republican districts and vice versa

Lawmakers now have to decide whether to move into a more favorable district or not run for reelection in a game of political musical chairs that could have implications for years to come

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