Posted inBusiness, Housing, News, Politics and Government

Two paychecks from eviction: Coronavirus shined a light on Colorado housing instability

Before the coronavirus pandemic, and before an economic crisis that pushed unemployment to historic levels, Colorado policymakers were already working on plans to equalize the power between landlords and tenants. Back in 2019, what was dubbed the “year of the renter,” a slate of Democrat-backed bills at the statehouse never materialized. A few new laws […]

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How Democratic control in Washington will influence Democratic control in Colorado — and vice versa

When Democrats regained control of the Colorado legislature in 2019, they started taking action in response to President Donald Trump and a deadlocked Congress.  That included passing legislation around environmental, immigration and criminal justice issues. Recently, state lawmakers have also taken on coronavirus economic relief and are gearing up to debate the creation of a […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers’ coronavirus aid plans include distributing $22.5 million in taxpayer money through nonprofits

Colorado lawmakers are planning to channel $22.5 million in coronavirus economic aid through nonprofits, a move that Democrats say will allow the money to reach people faster and target those unable to access government assistance, including immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The money represents about 10% of the roughly $200 million in relief the […]

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Colorado Democrats unveil details of their coronavirus relief plans for the special legislative session

Statehouse Democrats on Sunday unveiled eight coronavirus relief bills they will prioritize during Colorado’s special legislative session, which begins Monday and will run at least three days.  The legislation, much of it bipartisan, includes direct payments to small businesses, tax forgiveness, grants for child care centers and money to expand broadband access.  The aid, which […]

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Republicans are trailing Democrats across Colorado. They hope to gain ground with their ground game.

AURORA — One Saturday morning this month, a few dozen volunteers gathered in the mostly empty parking lot at Smoky Hill Library to knock on voters’ doors in support of two Republican legislative candidates. Suzanne Staeirt, who is running for a hotly contested state Senate seat, told the group before they headed out that they […]

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“We have nowhere to go”: Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans at risk of eviction

Colorado renters will get more help with their rent payments and have an extra 20 days before non-payment of rent leads to eviction under an executive order signed this week by Gov. Jared Polis. But housing advocates say the order isn’t enough to keep thousands of people from being forced from their homes. “He just […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Education, Health, News, Politics and Government

10 major issues being decided in the final hours of Colorado’s 2020 legislative session

Spirited debates about tax increases and school-required vaccinations, and policies to end police brutality have dominated the final days of Colorado’s coronavirus legislative session, expected to soon reach its last gavel. But lawmakers also decided on dozens of other proposals that will affect everything from their own salaries to whether Coloradans can keep ordering to-go […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Effort to give Colorado child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers is rejected

In a stunning reversal on Friday, a lead sponsor on a bill that would have given future child sexual assault victims in Colorado unlimited time to sue their abusers and those who allowed their abuse to happen asked that the measure be rejected.  Instead, state Sen. Julie Gonzales, a Denver Democrat, said she wants to […]

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Opinion: Coronavirus cast a light, but injustice was already here

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines gaslighting as an “attempt to make (someone) believe that he or she is going insane (as by subjecting that person to a series of experiences that have no rational explanation).” Sound familiar? As a political tactic, gaslighting has never been so uniformly and brazenly embraced than by Donald Trump and his […]

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Governor issues directive barring Colorado agencies from helping with federal immigration enforcement

Gov. Jared Polis quietly issued guidance this week barring state agencies from releasing Coloradans’ personal information to federal entities that plan to use the data for the sole purpose of immigration enforcement. The directive issued Wednesday prevents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and other federal agencies from gathering data unless they have a court […]