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Dick Lamm, former governor of Colorado who “captured a moment,” dies at 85

The cause was complications related to a a pulmonary embolism the former governor suffered earlier in the week

Politics and Government
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Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $8.3 billion for Western water. Here’s how Colorado stands to benefit.

$300 million would go directly to carrying out the Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan, $50 million of which would go to Upper Basin states, including Colorado

Politics and Government
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Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers blocked some misdemeanor offenders from buying guns. They also made it OK for some felons to own them.

The change to Colorado’s felon-in-possession law was made through Senate Bill 271, a 304-page measure that mostly made changes to the state’s misdemeanor code

Politics and Government

Westminster city councilman will keep his seat after contentious, expensive recall election

Jon Voelz’s victory marks the end of a 10-month-long battle fought between community members over water rates, housing and commercial growth

Politics and Government

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

Politics and Government

Here’s how much money Colorado’s new nicotine, increased cigarette taxes generated in their first 5 months

Proposition EE, which was passed by voters in November and made the taxation changes, went into effect in January, raising the taxes on a pack of cigarettes to $1.94 from 84 cents

Politics and Government

Leading U.S. Senate Democrats are pushing for federal marijuana legalization. A Colorado-led cannabis banking bill could be collateral.

The marijuana legalization push comes as Colorado's U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, has been working for years to grant the legal marijuana industry access to banking through the SAFE Banking Act

Politics and Government

Tay Anderson to resume Denver school board duties before investigation ends

Anderson said his return to work is “effective immediately,” though board meetings do not resume until August


Billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife are suing Colorado for a tax refund. How much they want is a secret.

Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, claim that changes in the federal tax code made through the CARES Act entitle them to lower taxes in previous years

Politics and Government

Cassondra Stratton, wife of Colorado political strategist, is confirmed dead in Florida condo building collapse

The 40-year-old was on the phone with her husband, Michael Stratton, when the building near Miami fell


Nicolais: Colorado keeps hitting home runs as Georgia continues to strike out

After Atlanta lost the MLB All-Star Game in the wake of Georgia enacting restrictive voting rights laws, it is obvious Colorado keeps hitting its election laws out of the park

Opinion Columns

“We’re (expletive) idiots”: Some Democrats regret Colorado’s new redistricting process now that their party is in charge

If Y and Z hadn’t passed, Democrats would now have nearly unfettered power to draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2022 election, and more say over how legislative districts are drawn.

Politics and Government

Colorado governor signs wave of criminal justice bills into law, including ketamine measure spurred by Elijah McClain’s death

The legislation Gov. Jared Polis signed on Tuesday includes measures aimed at reducing burdensome court fees and the fallout that families in poverty can face when they don’t pay them

Crime and Courts

Colorado Democrats are heading into the 2022 election cycle in a position of strength, poll shows

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet lead a generic Republican candidate, the survey shows, and generic Democratic statehouse candidates would beat their GOP counterparts.

Politics and Government

Colorado governor vetoes two bills dealing with off-highway vehicles, transportation funding

Jared Polis rejected House Bills 1024 and 1196, his second and third vetoes of measures passed during the 2021 legislative session

Politics and Government

First draft of Colorado’s new state Senate, House district maps could pit 20 incumbents against each other

Redistricting staff released preliminary maps for how state legislative districts should be drawn

Politics and Government

Colorado limits who can access voting equipment as citizens, conservative group press for 2020 election audits

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold adopted an emergency rule limiting access to voting equipment to officials who have passed a background check

Politics and Government

Ken Salazar nominated by Joe Biden to be U.S. ambassador to Mexico

Salazar's nomination has been rumored for weeks. He's a Colorado College graduate who has recently been working in the private sector at the Denver branch of the law firm WilmerHale.

Politics and Government

Tay Anderson, teachers union reveal more about allegations from Denver school board race

Anderson is currently the subject of a third-party investigation initiated by his fellow Denver school board members into allegations of sexual misconduct

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