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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Colorado’s presidential electors case. Here’s why the state thinks it will win.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Colorado’s appeal of a federal court ruling  that allows presidential electors to ignore the will of the people and back whichever candidate they want. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold last October petitioned the court to hear the case, hoping […]

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Colorado attorney general asks federal appellate court to reconsider revival of lawsuit challenging TABOR

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is asking a powerful federal appellate court in Denver to reconsider a ruling that revived a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Weiser petitioned the entire 12-judge 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to reconsider its decision that the case can move forward in federal […]

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Colorado’s presidential electors don’t have to vote for candidate who wins the state, federal appeals court rules

Colorado’s presidential electors do not have to vote for the candidate who wins the state’s popular vote, the powerful 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday evening, a decision that could have major ramifications for future elections. A three-judge panel on the federal appellate court ruled 2-1 against the Colorado Secretary of […]

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Nicolais: Michael Bennet’s “equal is not equal” highlighted a tragic legacy in public schools

Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate featured exactly one moment of profound import.  When Colorado’s own Sen. Michael Bennet proclaimed “equal is not equal,” he highlighted the tragic legacy left in the shadow of one of our country’s most celebrated court cases, Brown v. Board of Education.  Sixty-five years after the Supreme Court ordered public schools desegregated, […]

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Federal court revives long-fought lawsuit in Colorado challenging TABOR

A federal court has revived a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s limits on taxes and spending. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said a lower court erred when it ruled that 10 local governments had no legal standing to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn a Colorado constitutional amendment known as the Taxpayer’s Bill […]

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Unemployment claims by federal employees up in Colorado as government shutdown drags on

George Lewis, a Denver patent attorney, thought the current federal shutdown would quickly pass. His thinking was that these usually lasted a few hours or days — the longest, two decades ago, stretched 21 days. And the federal agency he works with the most, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, collects fees on patent applications […]

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Colorado and the 2018-19 federal shutdown: What’s open, what’s not and what’s kind of open

More than 800,000 federal workers across the U.S. — some 52,000 of them in Colorado alone — are affected by the federal government’s partial shutdown. Not all of those employees are on furlough, though. A large number are still required to head to the office each day even if they won’t get a paycheck until […]

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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 […]