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Colorado Democrats want to use one of TABOR’s most effective tax-halting mechanisms for themselves

One of the most effective parts of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights when it comes to stopping tax-raising ballot questions in Colorado is a requirement that voters be informed, IN CAPITAL LETTERS, about the eye-popping sum they are deciding whether to allow the government to collect. “SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED $766,700,000 ANNUALLY FOR A […]

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Colorado’s county commissions will have guardrails on how they draw commissioner districts under new law

A new state law sets new rules for how powerful Colorado county commissions redraw their political boundaries. It currently applies only to three counties, but would apply to counties with growing populations that opt to expand the number of representatives on their commissions. Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday signed House Bill 1047 into law. The […]

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Colorado’s county commissions are powerful. A new effort aims to ensure their districts are drawn fairly.

El Paso County isn’t as Republican as it used to be.  Unaffiliated voters now make up the largest share of the county’s registered voters at 43%, with Republicans coming in second with 36%. And that has translated into changes at the ballot box. In November, Democrat Joe Biden won nearly 43% of El Paso’s vote, […]

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Just four Colorado cities use ranked-choice voting. Democratic lawmakers want to make it easier for others to adopt.

It’s a relatively rare way to vote in the United States, but a group of Democratic state lawmakers want to make it easier to use ranked-choice voting to elect leaders in Colorado cities.  Here’s how it works: instead of casting a vote for a single candidate, voters rank candidates in order of their preference. The […]

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Colorado Democrats debate need for diversity in selecting their statehouse leadership

Democrats in the state legislature debated over including women and people of color in their leadership Thursday, just two days after the party affirmed its majority at Colorado Capitol. Identity politics defined a four-way race for majority leader in the House, as lawmakers made the case for certain candidates based on race, gender and geography. […]

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Iman Jodeh, a community activist and educator, is poised to become Colorado’s first Muslim lawmaker

In all likelihood, Iman Jodeh will win her race and be elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in District 41. And if she does, she will become the first Muslim lawmaker in the state’s history.  Jodeh, a community activist and educator, is running to replace Democratic state Rep. Jovan Melton, who is term limited […]