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What are those people doing hanging off of the Colorado Capitol’s gold dome? We found out.

A crew of painters -- who also are certified climbers -- is completing warranty work on one of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions as part of a $16 million overhaul completed in 2014

News

Recall effort against state Rep. Tom Sullivan is stopped as GOP focuses on other lawmakers, national popular vote

The nascent effort to oust Sullivan, whose son was killed in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, energized Democrats

Politics and Government

Colorado’s first openly gay governor signs two of state’s most significant LGBTQ measures into law since 2013

The legislation makes it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates without surgery, a doctor’s note or a court order and also bans so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors

Politics and Government

Colorado’s consumer protection laws are getting much tougher — and that could help with the state’s opioid lawsuit

The state’s consumer protection laws were ranked among the weakest in the U.S. by a consumer advocacy group. The legislature responded, passing an overhaul 30 years in the making that Attorney General Phil Weiser said is “a big deal"

Business

Will Colorado follow other states in enacting a gun-storage law after the STEM School shooting? Those conversations are happening

Democratic state legislators in Colorado are looking at ways to prevent guns from getting into the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, especially children

Politics and Government

Six big takeaways from The Colorado Sun’s forum with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

The politicians discussed everything from how to improve Colorado’s vaccination rate to their reactions to the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting and the resignation Sunday of state Rep. Rochelle Galindo

Politics and Government

WATCH: The Colorado Sun’s post-legislative session forum Monday with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

The lawmakers who are slated to attend include: House Speaker KC Becker, D-Boulder; Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder; House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock; and Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert, R-Parker.

Politics and Government

Democratic state Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigns citing undisclosed allegations against her

The Greeley Democrat was facing a recall effort over votes she took during the 2019 legislative session

Politics and Government

A look at how policies passed during Colorado’s 2019 legislative session will impact you

How most the new state laws will affect Coloradans will take weeks, months or years to see. But others are more immediate.

Politics and Government

8 pivotal moments that defined the 2019 legislative session in Colorado

From moments of chaos in the Colorado Senate to tensions on the oil and gas bill, here are the most impactful situations at the state Capitol this year

Politics and Government

Colorado’s 2019 legislative session was a doozy, from Democrats’ growing pains to a blabbermouth GOP strategy

The Capitol was embroiled in its wildest lawmaking term in years -- one that saw Democrats learning their way, lawsuits, overnight work and some big policies that will change Colorado

Politics and Government

Jared Polis’ plan to ask voters for nicotine tax overwhelmingly rejected by Colorado Senate

House Bill 1333 would have asked voters in November to approve a uniform 62 percent tax on nicotine products

Politics and Government

All the major bills that passed and failed in the last three days of Colorado’s 2019 legislative session

An updated rundown of the important bills that passed, were voted down or simply ran out of time at the Colorado Capitol ahead of the 2019 legislative session's end Friday at midnight

Politics and Government

Big tobacco is fighting Colorado’s nicotine tax bill with powerful lobbyists and a social media campaign

A company tied to cigarette-maker Philip Morris and popular vape brand Juul has spent thousands on social media ads against the tax hike. It’s also hired lobbyists from the high-powered Denver firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Politics and Government

Here’s why joining Super Tuesday for the 2020 presidential campaign matters for Colorado

Colorado's presidential primary will be on March 3, 2020 Gov. Jared Polis and Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats postpone paid family leave effort until 2020, opt for study after mounting pressure against bill

Sen. Faith Winter, a Westminster Democrat who was pushing for Senate Bill 188, said that she was unable to pass the measure without making changes she felt “gutted the bill”

Politics and Government

Gov. Polis signs Democrats’ sweeping oil and gas bill into law, marking major shift in regulatory authority over drilling

Senate Bill 181 faced immense industry and Republican pushback as it cleared the Colorado legislature. Now begins a rulemaking process stemming from the measure that will mean further impacts on the industry.

Energy

Colorado police agencies now required to release records in internal affairs investigations

In Colorado, only Denver routinely releases, on request, details of internal probes, according to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

Crime and Courts

Colorado oil and gas overhaul tips power toward local government. How that power is used will vary widely.

Towns and cities along the I-25 corridor, where drilling is closest to suburban neighborhoods, likely will be first to test the waters

Energy

Coloradans were set to get a property tax cut. Gov. Polis is mulling a workaround to stop it.

Averting the cut would free up state money that lawmakers could spend on schools and roads, but homeowners would miss out on planned property tax relief

Politics and Government
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