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“A lot of big items still out there”: Colorado lawmakers have a massive to-do list with only a month left

There are about 250 pieces of active, unresolved legislation. And more meaty bills are being introduced by the day.

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

Colorado school finance bill would spare districts from impact of enrollment declines

Many school districts were bracing for significant cuts this year

Politics and Government

How one block on Pearl Street represents Denver’s stubborn homelessness crisis

The city’s encampments persist, with tensions boiling over in Capitol Hill. Denver has opened two sanctioned camps, but they’re full. Besides, some refuse to live there.

News

Voices of Colorado youth, amplified by activism and opportunity, find receptive ears with lawmakers

Prodded by a contagious concern for their future, students engage with the legislative process -- and increasingly find their ideas reflected in results

Politics and Government

Opinion: 156 years later, we still have much to learn from the Sand Creek Massacre

Opinion Columns

What’d I Miss?: History knocked down, reimagined

Cartoons

Encampment near Capitol cleared out days after governor invites cleanup, troopers get OK to enforce Denver ordinances

Colorado State Patrol troopers in helmets and yellow booties swept through Lincoln Park on Wednesday morning. Crews used snow shovels to pile up trash.

Health

Homeless camps in downtown Denver are “out of control” as the pandemic drags on. So what’s the solution?

One nonprofit counted 30 encampments and 664 tents. The tent cities are growing more persistent as Denver has backed off enforcing the camping ban.

Health

Denver gives state troopers ability to enforce city laws around Capitol, governor’s mansion at Polis’ request

The move gives the Colorado State Patrol more leeway to stop graffiti and address encampments on state-owned land in Denver. It comes as a growing number of people camp out near state-owned buildings.

Crime and Courts

Colorado Capitol cleanup begins, is expected to cost more than $1 million and last until winter

Crews began washing away the graffiti on the building over the weekend

News

Denver “proactively” removes Kit Carson statue from downtown monument ahead of protests

American Indian Movement leaders say Kit Carson “was as bad and as evil as any Confederate general”

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats hand opponents of vaccine bill opportunity to repeal measure at ballot box

Opponents of Senate Bill 163, should it pass as expected, would have until September 12 to collect more than 124,000 signatures to block the legislation from going into effect and force a vote in 2022 on whether to repeal the measure

Politics and Government

Denver mayor says destructive protesters sullied message of demonstration; 13 arrests made, shooting under investigation

Denver police Chief Paul Pazen lauded his officers' behavior and says rocks were thrown at them. Police fired nonlethal projectiles and tear gas into crowds.

News

Colorado legislature won’t be in session Friday, Saturday after destructive Denver protests

The legislature returned on Tuesday after a pause of more than two months because of the coronavirus crisis. Lawmakers were set to tackle Colorado's crippled budget on Friday and Saturday.

Politics and Government

Shots fired during Denver protest of Minneapolis man’s death; vehicles vandalized, demonstrator hit by car

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries during the event organized over the death of George Floyd

News

Should the Colorado legislature shut down because of coronavirus? The conversation is well underway.

The Colorado General Assembly’s leadership is seeking information on what it would mean for them to temporarily halt lawmaking as COVID-19 anxieties spread. One top lawmaker is already urging people to postpone Capitol tours.

Politics and Government