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“A lot of complex feelings”: How 3 Colorado veterans who served in Afghanistan feel about the country’s collapse

Colorado is home to thousands of soldiers and airmen, many of whom deployed to Afghanistan over the past 20 years — some of whom did not return or came back mentally and physically scarred by the conflict. The chaos unfolding in the South Asian country over the past week has left those veterans battling mixed […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Rep. Herod: We need more equitable access for all to Colorado’s beautiful outdoors

Like so many others in Colorado, I am eager to spend more time outdoors as the vibrant colors of spring unfold. But for underrepresented communities, like mine, spending time outdoors may not be the classic “Colorado experience” that is often amplified on social media, or in advertisements for outdoor gear.  It is not uncommon for […]

Posted inElection 2020, News, Politics and Government

State lawmaker in wheelchair puts Colorado Capitol access in spotlight

By Bente Birkeland, Colorado Public Radio Soon Colorado will get its first state lawmaker known to use a wheelchair. Democrat David Ortiz was elected by voters in south Metro Denver and will be sworn into office in January. But the Capitol building, where he’ll work and where he’s supposed to interact with his colleagues and […]

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Democrats hold their majorities at Colorado Capitol but GOP blunts a second blue wave

Democratic state lawmakers boosted their majority in the state Senate by one seat and maintained their strong numbers in the House after balloting ended Tuesday. But new House leadership, 16 new lawmakers, a continuing pandemic and the budget fallout from a voter-approved tax cut may make for challenging times in the 2021 General Assembly. Senate […]

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Democrats dominate campaign fundraising and spend big to build majority in the Colorado legislature

Democrats are outspending Republicans in state legislative races, and super PACs are pouring in $10 million, as the majority party looks poised to make gains in both chambers. A few of the competitive races are exceeding the $1 million mark with the most expensive contest — a state Senate seat in Adams County — topping […]