John Cooke

Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published

Gov. Polis said he wanted to close a private prison. GEO Group beat him to it, leaving Colorado scrambling.

The Cheyenne Mountain Reentry Center will shutter on March 7, leaving 642 inmates and 180 employees in limbo. Colorado says it will likely mean jail backlogs, parole releases and prison crowding.

Transportation Primary category in which blog post is published

Coloradans keep rejecting statewide tax questions to fund transportation. Democrats are now eyeing a regional approach.

“If the same ideological opposition gathers to any new transportation revenue, we’re running out of ways to tell local communities they can’t act on their own,” said state Rep. Matt Gray, a Broomfield Democrat

Transportation Primary category in which blog post is published

Colorado is spending record sums on transportation. But state highways are getting less.

A partisan split on whether to use state funds to help local governments’ transportation needs foreshadows even more difficult choices down the road

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

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

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Voters could decide on legal Colorado sports betting in November; tax revenue would go toward state’s water plan

If House Bill 1327 passes the legislature and is signed off on by voters later this year, sports betting in Colorado could be a thing by May 2020

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Chaos and conflict brewing at the Colorado Capitol as Democrats push a big agenda and the GOP resists

A series of major policy shifts is generating tension, with one leading Republican state senator promoting secession

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

The “red flag” gun bill is expected to pass in Colorado. But there are important things to watch along the way.

House Bill 1177 isn’t expected to have much -- if any -- Republican support at the Colorado Capitol. Some Democrats may also vote against the measure.

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

After years of backlogs, Colorado’s troubled immigrant driver’s license program could see drastic expansion

Senate Bill 139 would expand the program from four Division of Motor Vehicles offices to address a backlog of applicants for a program that "hasn’t really been available"