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

State lawmakers want to change the makeup of the board overseeing the University of Colorado system to make sure that residents of the newly drawn 8th Congressional District have adequate representation on the panel. To do that, the legislature next year will likely eliminate one of two at-large seats on the nine-member Board of Regents […]

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

All lanes of the Interstate 25 South Gap project will open nearly a year ahead of schedule, Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado transportation officials announced Monday. Construction on the 18-mile stretch of highway was slated to conclude in November 2022, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. “By mid-December, in time for Christmas, the I-25 […]

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

Denver Public Schools Director Tay Anderson filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday against Black Lives Matter 5280 and activists who publicized anonymous sexual assault allegations against him. An independent investigation solicited by the school district could not corroborate any sexual assault claims made against Anderson. Anderson filed the lawsuit in Denver District Court. It claims BLM […]

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Colorado legislative maps get final approval from state Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday unanimously approved new state Senate and House maps, the final hurdle the redistricting plans needed to clear before being adopted ahead of the 2022 election.  The Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission followed the Colorado Constitution’s requirements for redistricting and didn’t abuse its authority in deciding how to apply them, Justice […]

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

A new overtime pay rule for Colorado agricultural workers doesn’t go far enough, according to a coalition of groups that helped pass this year’s sweeping expansion of labor rights for people who work on the state’s farms and ranches. The final rule should have given farm workers the same overtime benefits as workers in other […]

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

A Republican state lawmaker worried about being drawn out of his district gave party activists talking points on how he would shape new legislative maps.  At a public hearing in Durango, a number of current and former La Plata County Democratic Party officers testified before Colorado’s independent congressional and legislative redistricting commissions but didn’t mention […]

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

Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected a conservative-backed ballot measure seeking to give state lawmakers more oversight over how to spend money from the federal government and lawsuit settlements. With more than 1.1 million ballots counted as of 10:30 p.m., Amendment 78 was failing with 44% voting in favor of the measure and 56% against it. […]

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Colorado Supreme Court approves new congressional map drawn by redistricting commission

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday unanimously approved a new map of the state’s eight U.S. House districts drawn by the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission, despite arguments from Democratic and Latino advocacy groups that it dilutes the power of Latino voters. “The plan surely will not please everyone,” Justice Monica Marquez wrote in the […]

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

To clear the final hurdle in Colorado’s once-a-decade redistricting process, the new state House and Senate maps will need to overcome legal objections that they improperly split up cities like Lakewood and Greeley, and don’t create enough competitive districts.  Those objections were raised by five groups ahead of a Friday noon deadline, and represent about […]