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Statue honoring Christopher Columbus rolled off its pedestal in Denver’s Civic Center

Toppling of art work placed in 1970 to honor Colorado for being first state to observe Columbus Day as a holiday came as similar memorials have come down or been defaced in other states.

Politics and Government

Civil War monument at Colorado Capitol torn down and marred by graffiti

Gov. Jared Polis vows to repair "statue that commemorates the Union heroes of the Civil War who fought and lost their lives to end slavery."

Politics and Government

Colorado legislature sends far-reaching police accountability bill to Gov. Jared Polis

Senate Bill 217 picked up significant Republican support as it passed the Senate and House. The Colorado District Attorneys’ Council also announced it’s on board. The governor says he will sign it.

Crime and Courts

Effort to give Colorado child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers is rejected

House Bill 1296, brought in the wake of a damning report on Colorado’s Catholic church, was set aside at the request of one of its prime sponsors in the hopes of bringing future legislation that will also benefit past survivors of abuse. The decision to sideline the measure drew disappointment.

Politics and Government

On 11th day of George Floyd protests, Denver police announce major use-of-force policy changes

Denver police, under pressure from federal courts and lawmakers, now must report when they point a firearm at a person

Crime and Courts

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

Governor blasts businesses breaking coronavirus rules, suspends Castle Rock restaurant’s license

Gov. Jared Polis announced that his administration is indefinitely suspending the license of a Castle Rock restaurant, C&C Coffee and Korean Kitchen, that was packed full of customers on Sunday

Coronavirus

Hundreds gather at Colorado Capitol to protest coronavirus stay-at-home order

Streets around the building in downtown Denver were clogged with vehicles, many of them with American flags attached and passengers hanging out of windows waving signs.

Coronavirus

Colorado lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus, but it’s not COVID-19

State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, was told she had COVID-19. But her doctor reviewed the results again and says she's got a different coronavirus known as NL63.

Politics and Government

Colorado teachers union cancels Day of Action rally at state Capitol due to coronavirus fears

Union leaders had expected more than 5,000 educators and supporters to attend the Day of Action rally from districts around the state.

Education

Colorado teachers plan to rally at the Capitol again this year — and at least one district will cancel classes

The 84,000-student Jeffco district made the announcement Wednesday, saying the number of expected teacher absences had exceeded the number that could be covered by substitutes

Education

Colorado’s effort to expand mental health first aid training for teachers moves forward

Just as regular first aid courses teach lay people how to staunch bleeding from a wound or perform CPR, mental health first aid trains them how to talk someone through a crisis and recognize warning signs

Education

Denver DA won’t prosecute 33 climate protesters arrested before Gov. Polis’ State of the State speech

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann's office says the Democrat met with the Colorado State Patrol and with the Denver Police Department in making her decision. The protesters were calling for action to fight climate change.

Politics and Government

Colorado public option opponents accused of trying to “weaponize” doctors against health insurance proposal

PATH, an organization backed by Colorado hospitals, is encouraging medical professionals to speak out against the soon-to-come public health insurance option legislation

Health

Republican state Rep. Susan Beckman resigns to join Trump administration

Beckman, of Littleton, announced her resignation on Friday. Last year she ran to be chair of the Colorado GOP.

Politics and Government

Colorado poised to revisit murder law that can send people to prison for life — even when they didn’t kill anyone

A Democratic state senator wants to change the penalties for violating Colorado’s felony murder law to take life in prison without the possibility of parole off the table

Crime and Courts

Spring Café linked refugees with state lawmakers. A shortage of immigrants means the Denver coffee shop will close.

Spring Café's operators say they can’t find new refugee arrivals to fill jobs at the coffee shop, citing a decrease in people resettling in Colorado under the Trump administration

Coloradans

Gov. Polis and state lawmakers eye changes to how police-involved deaths are investigated in Colorado

County sheriffs and the top prosecutor in the state’s largest judicial district want the brakes pumped on the proposals and say the current system is working as it should

Politics and Government
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