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6th Congressional District battle gets even more fiery — and personal — as Mike Coffman and Jason Crow kick off final election stretch with tense debate

AURORA — Colorado’s high-stakes 6th Congressional District race took another negative turn Wednesday as Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democrat Jason Crow attacked each other in their first fiery face-off since voters began to receive ballots. And they kept it personal, picking apart campaign contributions, leadership abilities and past experiences. Policy platforms, for much […]

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Jared Polis maintains lead in new poll, but Democratic enthusiasm is what to watch

Democrat Jared Polis remains in a comfortable lead in the Colorado governor’s race, according to a new poll, but the numbers showing a partisan gap in voter enthusiasm are even more troubling for Republicans. A survey of likely voters released Wednesday from Magellan Strategies found Democrats are more energized to vote in Colorado’s 2018 midterms, […]

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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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A Denver-based appeals court is investigating ethics complaints against Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s why nothing will likely come from it.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts caused a minor stir in the political-judicial continuum last week when he referred pending ethics complaints against newly sworn-in Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for investigation. According to Roberts’ letter sending the matter to the 10th, there are 15 separate complaints […]

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Colorado Supreme Court hears high-stakes “Martinez case” lawsuit around oil and gas

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press An attorney for six young people who want the state to impose tougher safeguards on the energy industry told the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday that the law requires regulators to protect public health from the hazards of drilling. A lawyer for the state countered that regulators acted properly […]

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The Colorado Sun and ProPublica want to hear about your voting problems

Colorado’s 3 million-plus mail-in ballots are en route to most voters as Election Day approaches. But with renewed scrutiny around voting rights and security, keeping an eye on the process is part of any good journalistic endeavor. The Sun is part of ProPublica’s Electionland project, a collaboration of newsrooms around the country tracking voting problems […]

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Colorado gets new Bureau of Land Management director with a history of working in the state

Jamie Connell, a veteran land manager with a long history in Colorado, is returning to the state to direct the Bureau of Land Management as the agency grapples with a pending record oil-and-gas lease sale and a growing battle between conservation interests and energy interests. As part of a BLM shuffling by the Interior Department, […]

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Polis’ personal spending on governor race reaches $22.3 million, outside spending tops $43.6 million statewide

Democrat Jared Polis poured another $2.5 million into his run for Colorado governor, bringing his total personal investment in the campaign to $22.3 million, according to campaign-finance reports. And while outside Republican groups are outspending Democrats by nearly $24.5 million to $18.4 million to influence state-level races in Colorado, Democratic candidates in key state Senate […]

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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 […]

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Fact check: A look at what’s true and what’s false in Colorado’s 2018 governor’s race

The candidates’ misleading claims and negative attacks are making it difficult to tell fact from fiction in the 2018 campaign. It’s particularly tough in Colorado’s governor’s race between Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton, where competing lines dominate the conversation and big outside money is fueling the falsehoods. To help voters, Colorado media outlets […]