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Colorado’s independent congressional redistricting commission ousts chair over his social media posts

The drama over Danny Moore is the latest challenge for the newly-appointed commission, which faces months-long delays in receiving U.S. Census data that is threatening to derail the redistricting process ahead of the 2022 election

Politics and Government

Coloradans convicted of marijuana possession could easily get their record sealed under new bill

House Bill 1090 also raises the legal limit for recreational marijuana possession up to two ounces, opening up the possibility of additional pardons from Gov. Jared Polis

Politics and Government

Colorado’s county commissions are powerful. A new effort aims to ensure their districts are drawn fairly.

There are few rules for how Colorado counties redraw district lines, and Democratic state lawmakers say new legislation would put guardrails on a process that could be vulnerable to political influence.

Politics and Government

Coronavirus, then a mass shooting: It’s been a year from hell for Colorado grocery workers

Grocery store workers were already exhausted after a year of putting their health at risk so Coloradans could buy food. And they were worried about security long before the Boulder massacre.

Coloradans

Boulder shooting victim Rikki Olds “lived life on Rikki’s terms,” family and friends say

The 25-year-old King Soopers manager was known for her vibrant, unapologetic personality.

Coloradans

First schools, then the movies. Now a shooting is making Coloradans wary of King Soopers.

“We thought it was the safest place," one Boulderite said

Crime and Courts
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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

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

Colorado cities can’t force developers to build affordable housing. Democratic lawmakers want to change that.

New state legislation would reverse a 20-year-old court decision and allow cities and counties to require affordable units in new developments.

Housing

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

Just four Colorado cities use ranked-choice voting. Democratic lawmakers want to make it easier for others to adopt.

New legislation would require the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to develop and adapt software for the alternative voting method, which would cut costs for cities that want to opt-in

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers, governor unveil $700M state economic stimulus plan. Here’s where the money will go.

The money lawmakers are using to pay for the state stimulus plan comes from unexpected tax revenue.

Politics and Government

Colorado could soon be required to help every person leaving prison get a photo ID

A photo ID is needed to access basic services and government benefits, get a job or open a bank account. But currently, not every Colorado prisoner gets help obtaining one.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s “last responders” are exhausted after a year of coronavirus goodbyes

The unprecedented loss is taking a toll even on the medical providers best trained to handle it

Coronavirus

Republicans propose big changes to Colorado’s elections, including scaling back mail and in-person voting

The bills aren’t likely to get very far in the Democratic-controlled legislature, but they come amid a push by Republicans across the country to change election processes after a 2020 contest filled with falsehoods

Politics and Government

Governor says Colorado is “bruised, battered and shaken,” but will be built back better than before

The biggest policy proposal Jared Polis introduced during his third State of the State speech, which we annotated, was around taxes

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers may change when police can intervene in a protest after summer of unrest

Under Senate Bill 31, law enforcement wouldn’t be allowed to break up a demonstration unless there was an imminent threat of violence or significant property damage from “a significant number or percentage of persons acting in concert”

Politics and Government

The Colorado Capitol’s hallways are where dealmaking happens. Coronavirus has emptied them.

The most powerful people at the statehouse this year will be those with a coronavirus vaccination and a deep Rolodex. Lobbyists fear that the pandemic will only serve to intensify the power dynamics at the Colorado Capitol

Politics and Government

Colorado’s governor wants a big, fast coronavirus stimulus package. State lawmakers worry about the details.

The situation echoes of the yearslong tug of war between the governor and Democratic budget writers that began soon after Jared Polis assumed office

Politics and Government
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