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Colorado Supreme Court tells lawmakers to stay out of redistricting process, but signs off on use of preliminary data

The court said lawmakers could not dictate that independent commissions use preliminary Census data to meet fast-approaching redistricting deadlines.

Politics and Government

Lawmakers can allow school districts to raise property taxes without voter approval, Colorado Supreme Court rules

Monday’s ruling will likely allow districts to recoup millions of dollars in lost revenue and resolve a complicated tax issue that’s been swirling around the legislature and schools since 2007

Politics and Government

Colorado judge resigns after state Supreme Court censure over multiple reports of racial bias

18th Judicial District Judge Natalie T. Chase was censured by the Colorado Supreme Court after a former court employee reported a conversation in which she used the N-word repeatedly

News

Colorado Supreme Court’s first female chief justice and its first Black justice die in the same week

Mary Mullarkey and Gregory Kellam Scott both were in their 70s

Politics and Government

Millions more for Colorado K-12 schools? Lawmakers seek court opinion first.

Current Colorado lawmakers want to slowly increase local school district property taxes without a vote. They say it doesn't violate the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights because a generation ago voters agreed to higher rates and state officials improperly lowered them.

Education

Judge rules Colorado cities cannot enact their own gun restrictions, case could move to state Supreme Court

The law, passed after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, banned the possession of assault-style weapons and some gun accessories that make it easier to fire large numbers of bullets quickly.

Crime and Courts

Colorado cities can’t force developers to build affordable housing. Democratic lawmakers want to change that.

New state legislation would reverse a 20-year-old court decision and allow cities and counties to require affordable units in new developments.

Housing

Colorado Supreme Court confirms that Democrats’ speed-reading of bills violated state constitution

The situation arose from Republicans' efforts to stall the lawmaking process in protest of Democratic policies

Politics and Government

Nicolais: Colorado’s judicial system is broken. Can Chief Justice Boatright fix it?

Colorado’s chief justice has developed skills that should help him guide the judicial branch through its current crisis

Opinion Columns

Colorado Judicial Branch faces major challenges in culture, diversity and trial backlogs, chief justice says

Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright delivered his State of the Judiciary speech to the legislature on Thursday, vowing to make change. He said the judicial branch faces a “crisis of confidence in its leadership.”

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s judicial branch to be investigated for sexual harassment, gender discrimination

A panel of representatives from the legislature, Colorado Attorney General’s office and Gov. Jared Polis’ office will form to choose the investigators

Crime and Courts

A guide to how Amendment 23, “the budget stabilization factor” and “the negative factor” shape education spending in Colorado

The Sun’s Capitol Sunlight project helps Coloradans understand how the state’s political systems and spending work

Politics and Government

Colorado Supreme Court updates definition of common-law marriage to include LGBTQ, nontraditional couples

Three rulings issued Monday broaden criteria for common-law marriage, address situations where couples don’t agree on marriage status

Crime and Courts

Nicolais: A Colorado Supreme Court justice put principle over personal preference in two recent cases

By choosing to write dissents in two anti-discrimination cases before the Colorado Supreme Court, Marquez showed exceptional judicial restraint

Opinion Columns

Colorado’s State Court Administrator’s Office lacks “culture of accountability,” audit finds

The department spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on leave, contracts and buyouts over four years with little or no justification

Politics and Government

Former Weld County judge who tipped off friend about drug investigation is censured

According to the censure, Ryan Kamada also frequently texted his friends inappropriate comments about what was happening in his courtroom

Crime and Courts

Maria Berkenkotter selected by Gov. Jared Polis as his first Colorado Supreme Court appointee

Maria Berkenkotter, a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, is the former chief judge in the 20th Judicial District in Boulder County

Politics and Government

Gov. Jared Polis will select one of these three people to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court

The appointment will be the Democrat’s first to the high court and will replace the last Republican-appointed justice on the panel

Politics and Government

Seven big takeaways from Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper’s third — and most fiery — debate

The two U.S. Senate candidates faced off hours after Colorado elections officials began mailing ballots to voters across the state

Politics and Government

Trump picks Amy Coney Barrett for U.S. Supreme Court; Cory Gardner voted to put her on federal bench in 2017

Gardner voted to approve Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 2017, suggesting he already approved of her credentials to be a top federal jurist. Colorado's Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, voted against her confirmation for that job.

Politics and Government
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