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Colorado trooper who guards Capitol and governor charged with felony menacing after pointing gun at driver

Jay Hemphill allegedly pointed a gun at a driver near the Colorado Capitol

Crime and Courts

Lobbying spending at the Colorado Capitol set another record. Here’s how much was spent.

Opposition to public option health care bill drove spending in fiscal year 2021, which ended June 30

Politics and Government

Colorado governor signs $34 billion budget into law, setting aside historic reserves and funding $800M stimulus package

The budget does not include $3.8 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money heading to Colorado as part of the American Rescue Plan

Politics and Government

8 big things you need to know about Colorado’s $34 billion state budget

The legislature has hundreds of millions more to spend than it was anticipating after Colorado’s economy fared better than expected during the pandemic.

Politics and Government

Here are the Colorado legislative districts that stand to change the most during redistricting

As Colorado’s independent legislative redistricting commission begins its work, 2019 population estimates show how some large rural districts will get even larger

Politics and Government

Nicolais: Colorado lawmakers should channel Ronald Reagan — don’t build that fence

The property damage concerns at the heart of a proposal to build a fence around the state Capitol pale in comparison to the damage building it will do

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers consider permanent fence around state Capitol

State officials are now deliberating the message it could send to have a fence around a building often referred to as “the people's house"

Politics and Government

Tribes want Native statue to replace one at Colorado Capitol linked to Sand Creek massacre

The proposed new bronze statue would depict a young woman sitting on a white flag, wearing a native Cheyenne dress, with her left arm extended


Colorado universities and colleges could face more cuts if state doesn’t restore funding, leaders say

Gov. Jared Polis and House and Senate leaders have said they value returning the 58% cut that the state inflicted last year to help balance a budget as the pandemic ate into revenues and raised expenses


Colorado lawmakers will get access to COVID-19 vaccine ahead of thousands of others in second phase

Republicans are wary of the plan, with one GOP lawmaker saying he will wait to get inoculated because he feels he is cutting in line

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats will pursue mandatory waiting period for gun buyers, safe-storage measure in 2021

The legislation is modeled after policies passed in other states, but it's sure to draw Republican objections

Politics and Government

Emails show negotiations involving Colorado governor, cigarette giant that led to tobacco tax hike

The emails obtained by The Sun were included in lawsuits filed in Denver District Court and federal court against Gov. Jared Polis and backed by the discount cigarette company Liggett Vector Brands Inc. seeking to invalidate a minimum-price clause in Proposition EE

Politics and Government

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.

Politics and Government

Opinion: Civil War statue and Sand Creek Massacre memorial: Make room for both at the Colorado Capitol

Opinion Columns

Toppled Civil War statue at Colorado Capitol to be replaced by sculpture of Native American woman

The Capitol Building Advisory Committee voted 7-2 Friday in favor of the new sculpture

Politics and Government

Joe Biden supporters across Colorado breathe sigh of relief, celebrate after presidential race is called

At the Colorado Capitol, dozens gathered to celebrate the Democratic victory. Donald Trump supporters were there, too, questioning the results

Politics and Government

Democrats poised to hold power in the Colorado Senate as Republicans put on the defensive

Republicans face shifting demographics and an unpopular incumbent president in Donald Trump who could drag the GOP ticket down

Politics and Government

5 new insights into Gov. Jared Polis’ coronavirus response and how COVID-19 is affecting Colorado

The Polis administration was called before state lawmakers on Tuesday to talk about its spending and policy decisions around the pandemic


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

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