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Here’s Jared Polis’ initial to-do list, courtesy of current Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper is leaving his successor Jared Polis with a lengthy to-do list. In one of its final acts, the Hickenlooper administration set preliminary performance goals through June 2020 for the Polis team in the areas of economic development, environment, health, education and government services. The incoming Democratic administration is not beholden to the […]

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The new Democratic majority in Colorado needs money for their ambitious agenda. Here’s where they could find it.

The paramount challenge Democrats face as they take full control of Colorado state government next year: the gap between the ambitious agenda they promised voters and the limited money they have to spend. In interviews with The Colorado Sun, top Democratic lawmakers say they’re already brainstorming ideas big and small to close that gap — including […]

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The takeaway from Amendment 73’s defeat: Voters won’t throw money into a broken school finance system

Voters rejected a 10-digit ask for new money for education this week, the third failed attempt at raising taxes for schools in the past eight years. Amendment 73 — which would have raised $1.6 billion for schools on top of the $11.7 billion they get now — went down 45 percent to 55 percent in […]

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Jared Polis Promise Tracker: A look at the progress on his 2018 campaign pledges

Democrat Jared Polis took office Jan. 8, 2019, with an ambitious agenda and plenty of campaign promises to keep More than 125, by our count. To track them, The Colorado Sun launched an accountability project — The Polis Promise Tracker — the day after the 2018 election. His promises include major policy goals, such as […]

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“He seemed to have it all”: Arapahoe High School senior’s suicide rattles emotionally fatigued, frightened community

Nick Bales was a kid with enough swagger to pull off a blue velvet blazer for his senior photos, a guy who started his own line of hoodies and artistic T-shirts as a high school sophomore. He had gobs of friends, played hockey and lacrosse for Arapahoe High School, and, for the first time in […]

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Here’s how to get involved with suicide prevention, or find help

“We Are Stronger,” a community event organized by Littleton Public Schools to learn about the suicide-prevention program, Sources of Strength, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., South Fellowship Church. SafeTALK, training about how to talk to people about thoughts of suicide and connect them to professional support, Oct. 26, 8-11 a.m., must pre-register with Littleton Public Schools. […]

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Top Democrats absent as teachers push ballot measure to boost school funding

The largest teacher organization in the state endorsed Jared Polis in the governor’s race. But the Democratic candidate won’t endorse the teacher-backed ballot measure to boost school funding. The juxtaposition frustrates teachers, a key Democratic voting bloc, and characterizes the political struggle education advocates face in the campaign to pass Amendment 73 in Colorado. The […]

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In governor’s race, Jared Polis proposes new carbon tax, endorses other tax hikes

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis said he supports a new tax on carbon pollution — one of a handful of tax hikes he endorsed in the latest debate. The five-term Boulder congressman has supported a carbon tax at the federal level, and he confirmed for the first time Wednesday that he would pursue the same […]

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Colorado is near the bottom of states in school funding. That’s why there are nearly 40 bond and mill levy override questions on ballots this fall.

Robert Framel is the superintendent of Kit Carson schools, plus the trigonometry teacher, and the precalculus teacher, and the sixth-grade math teacher. He picked up the math classes after he couldn’t find a qualified teacher willing to move to the eastern Colorado town of 400 people and work for a school system that offers a […]

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New youth mental health initiative will promote statewide collaboration to prevent teen suicide

A children’s mental health initiative announced Tuesday could transform how Colorado identifies and treats kids and teens with depression, anxiety or eating disorders at the doctor and in the classroom. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced a $2.8 million grant to launch a collaboration between Children’s Hospital Colorado and Mental Health Colorado that state leaders called […]