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Jessie Danielson

Jessie Danielson
Jessie Danielson

Fines for Colorado schools with Native American mascots start in June. But no one has the power to enforce them.

About a dozen schools have been told by the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs to jettison mascots that appropriate American Indian imagery.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s new state House and Senate maps drew several Democrats into Republican districts and vice versa

Lawmakers now have to decide whether to move into a more favorable district or not run for reelection in a game of political musical chairs that could have implications for years to come

Politics and Government

How is Colorado’s new farmworkers’ rights bill being received by migrant farmworkers? With a shrug.

In fields hours away from the political pressure cooker of the Colorado legislature, Senate Bill 87 is stoking a different kind of debate.

Business

Colorado farmworker rights and wages bills signed into law, along with other measures aiding immigrants

The farm labor rule was part of a raft of bills passed by the Democrat-controlled Legislature to boost immigrant rights.

News

Democrats pursued a no-policy-left-behind mantra for Colorado’s 2021 legislative session

Much of Democrats’ policy agenda was heavily amended, but it passed with very limited exceptions. “I think we’ve hit our stride,” said Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, a Boulder Democrat.

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers reject effort to require ski areas to report injuries, publish safety plans

Senate Bill 184, the Ski Areas Safety Plans and Accident Reporting Act, would have forced Colorado resorts to be more transparent about when visitors are hurt. It died in committee on Thursday.

Politics and Government

Nevada farmers and conservationists balk at “water banking,” an idea also being weighed in Colorado

Proponents argue crediting people for conservation will help prevent future shortages and offer water rights holders an option beyond use, abandonment or selling.

Environment

Colorado lawmakers are creating a fund to raise teacher pay. But they’re not putting any money in it.

Think of it like a pressure point for state lawmakers, who no longer will be able to solely blame districts for teacher pay if Senate Bill 172 passes

Education

25 Colorado schools still had Native American mascots. This week one finally decided to make a change.

Cheyenne Mountain High School’s decision didn't come without controversy. But Black Lives Matter protests and Senate Bill 116 pushed the effort forward.

Education

Effort to require Coloradans to report lost, stolen guns is on glidepath to governor’s desk after passing state Senate

As Senate Bill 78 heads to the House, House Bill 1106 -- a so-called “safe storage” measure -- heads to the Senate

Politics and Government

After infighting, Colorado lawmakers revive effort to give child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers

A similar effort last year failed after proponents of the legislation couldn’t agree about whether to challenge the state constitution in the hopes of giving past victims of abuse a window to take legal action

Politics and Government

Opinion: Stay-at-home is the best chance to save our economy

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Treating educators with dignity and respect starts with paying them a decent wage

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty after emotional debate

Senate Bill 100 received initial approval after a six-hour debate in the Democratic-led Colorado Senate with vocal opposition from Sen. Rhonda Fields, whose son was killed by two of the three men on the state's death row

Crime and Courts

“I can’t afford to live here”: Colorado teachers plea for wage help, but solutions still prove divisive

Democrats are proposing a state fund for pay increases while Republican lawmakers want to give bonuses to high-performing teachers. But, either way, the path for state funds to reach teacher paychecks remains tricky.

Education

Carman: Women under the Gold Dome are mad as hell, not going to take it anymore

Opinion Columns

Here’s how Colorado Democrats aim to close the gender pay gap, starting with more wage transparency

Businesses and women-pay advocates compromise on Equal Pay for Equal Work Act to equalize pay for Colorado women, who earn 86 cents for every $1 a man makes.

Business

Split among Democrats on two major issues comes as Colorado’s legislative session heads into final sprint

The paid parental and family leave bill, as well as a measure to abolish Colorado’s death penalty, have been delayed by internal party concerns

Politics and Government

Super PAC money dominated 2018 election and Democrats controlled the cash race

Outside Republican political groups poured more cash into key Colorado contests but still couldn't land wins in big Democratic year

Politics and Government

Spending 5 times higher on state Senate races this year than in 2016

With eight days until ballots are counted, the tally of all general election TV advertising buys hits $52.1 million

Politics and Government
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