Colorado’s high-stakes property tax battle ends dramatically as opposing sides agree to embrace $700M reduction
The legislature will move forward with Senate Bill 238, which would reduce projected property tax increases by $700 million over the next two years, as is
Property tax arms race involving Colorado power players grips Capitol as fragile deal starts to deteriorate
Billions of dollars in funding for schools and local governments are hanging in the balance. Those involved in the negotiations have likened the situation to a high-stakes game of chicken.
Colorado lawmakers want to tweak how at-risk students are counted amid broader school-funding overhaul
Lawmakers are looking to move away from identifying at-risk students by those signed up for free or reduced-price lunch, a metric they say has become inaccurate during the pandemic
Colorado auditor finds $73 million in “likely fraudulent” unemployment payments, including to dead people
The Colorado Department of Labor, which has confirmed only $30 million in fraudulent payments, said that the additional cases likely will be “determined to be legitimate.”
8 takeaways from Colorado’s new congressional map
The proposal still needs to be approved by the Colorado Supreme Court, but we took a look at how it would affect the state’s political makeup
Despite partisan rhetoric at the Colorado Capitol, just 4.4% of bills this year passed along purely party lines
The analysis, the second such study conducted by The Colorado Sun in three years, once again indicates more bipartisanship in the Colorado General Assembly than might be expected
Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation
Two children were struck by cars and died after running away from youth residential treatment centers in the Denver area.
A job or a civic duty? Colorado weighs paying school board members
Even the members of the state Board of Education are uncompensated for their work
Just four Colorado cities use ranked-choice voting. Democratic lawmakers want to make it easier for others to adopt.
New legislation would require the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to develop and adapt software for the alternative voting method, which would cut costs for cities that want to opt-in
Colorado plan to scale back CMAS testing moves forward. Kids would test in literacy or math, but not both.
House Bill 1161 minimizes testing for students, teachers, and administrators dealing with the effects of the pandemic.
Big idea: Colorado could extend to-go cocktails beyond coronavirus to make them the “law of the land”
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to let restaurants sell to-go cocktails, beer and wine forever. Liquor stores want the brakes pumped.
Colorado lawmakers’ coronavirus aid plans include distributing $22.5 million in taxpayer money through nonprofits
Democrats claim that sending the money through non-governmental organizations will ensure it is distributed quickly. Republicans worry about plans to send aid to people living in the U.S. illegally.
Where do Colorado Republicans go from here?
No Republican running statewide has won more than 45% of the vote in the past two election cycles. Conservatives think Donald Trump is a big factor, but there's also broad agreement the party has a messaging problem, too.
Democrats dominate campaign fundraising and spend big to build majority in the Colorado legislature
A Republican leadership rift is hurting fundraising and one lawmaker blames a “serious strategic error” for some of the troubles
Opinion: Why cutting EPA red tape is crucial to Colorado’s future
Nonprofit cash being spent in Colorado campaigns still impossible to trace despite 2019 law
Outside spenders in Colorado's recent primary found ways around transparency, making money tough to track.
Incumbents, slate backed by super PAC cash head to victory in run for Colorado statehouse
Weld Republican says it’s “a new chance for the conservative effort in Colorado.”
Coronavirus’ latest victim: Colorado’s election night watch parties
The Democrats running in the U.S. Senate primary will gather with supporters virtually. Political strategists say they’ll be glued to their computers at home -- still dressed up and still having a drink or two.
2020 battle for power at the Capitol starts with these big-money Colorado legislative primaries
A guide to the top legislative contests in the June 30 primary, where Republicans are debating who is more conservative and Democrats are aiming for progressive bona fides
Colorado lawmakers will weigh in 2020 whether to ban flavored vaping products
One potential spoiler: Gov. Jared Polis, who has shown a libertarian streak on health issues