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

A Colorado State Patrol trooper assigned to a unit that protects the legislature and serves as the security detail for Gov. Jared Polis has been charged with felony menacing after he allegedly pointed his gun at a driver near the state Capitol while on duty. Jay Hemphill, 49, has been placed on administrative leave.  Hemphill […]

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

Fueled by opposition to a measure seeking to create a public health insurance option, lobbying spending at the Colorado Capitol again reached a record. Nearly $44 million was spent during the 2020-21 fiscal year, which ended June 30, according to a Colorado Sun analysis of filings with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. That’s up […]

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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

The Colorado legislature is entering the final month of its 2021 lawmaking term with a host of unresolved, complicated Democratic priorities, including an effort to reshape the state’s transportation funding system, an overhaul of the health care industry and an equity-focused rework of the tax code.  Also pending are four gun control bills, a measure […]

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

Gov. Jared Polis signed Colorado’s $34.1 billion fiscal year 2021-22 budget into law on Monday, restoring cuts made as the coronavirus crisis descended on the state last year while also saving a historic amount for future economic downturns. The Joint Budget Committee, the legislature’s budget-writing panel, had to contend with constantly changing tax-revenue projections that […]

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

Colorado lawmakers this week began debating the state’s $34.1 billion budget, which helps chart a path out of the coronavirus crisis and sets aside millions of dollars for equity-related initiatives and a historic sum for future economic downturns. The legislature was able to reverse funding cuts made as the pandemic descended upon the state last […]

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

In his farewell speech, President Ronald Reagan famously spoke about America as a shining city upon a hill. His eloquent vision did not include a fence, wrought-iron or otherwise, surrounding the city. Colorado’s Capitol building, which sits on a literal hill, should not be walled off either. After vandals caused more than $1 million in […]

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Colorado lawmakers consider permanent fence around state Capitol

The Colorado Legislature is considering allocating about $1 million toward permanent fencing around most of the state Capitol building in downtown Denver in response to vandalism during protests last year, a newspaper reported. Recent renderings reviewed by The Denver Post showed plans for a six-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall), wrought-iron black fence that circles the building but does not cut […]

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

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America Months after protesters tore down a statue of a U.S. soldier who took part in the slaughter of Native Americans, tribal members and descendants of those who survived the Civil War-era attack urged Colorado lawmakers on Thursday to replace it with the likeness of an Indigenous woman […]