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State lawmakers, Denver council members urge governor to do more to help homeless through coronavirus

Democratic state lawmakers, homeless advocates and a handful of Denver city council members are urging Gov. Jared Polis to do more to help people experiencing homelessness weather the new coronavirus.   Among the actions the group is calling for is a mobilization of National Guard troops to help ease the burden of shelters that have been […]

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Colorado to consider bill similar to one that prompted DHS to cut off “trusted-traveler” programs for New Yorkers

Colorado’s legislature will soon consider a bill that would limit the personal information state departments, including the Division of Motor Vehicles, can release to other government agencies, like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S Customs and Border Protection.  A similar law in New York prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration […]

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Colorado lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty after emotional debate

The deep and emotional tension surrounding a bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado came alive on the Senate floor in a six-hour debate Thursday. “By having the death penalty in Colorado, we are saying to the people that murdering is wrong –– unless the state does it,” said Sen. Julie Gonzales, a Denver […]

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Colorado’s 2020 legislative session begins this week. Here’s a rundown of 10 issues to watch.

A year after engineering a major policy shift in Colorado, the Democratic-led General Assembly returns to the state Capitol this week with much left on its to-do list. Like the 2019 session, the question this year is how far the party will go in the 120-day lawmaking term to reshape how Colorado provides health care, […]

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Spring Café linked refugees with state lawmakers. A shortage of immigrants means the Denver coffee shop will close.

Spring Café, just blocks from the Colorado Capitol, has for the past four years provided a kind of two-way civics lesson for the caffeine-starved state lawmakers who patronize it and the newly arrived refugees who work there and serve them. Legislative deals are cut at the coffee shop’s tiny round tables. Behind the counter and […]

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Colorado’s 2019 legislative session was a doozy, from Democrats’ growing pains to a blabbermouth GOP strategy

Colorado Democrats may control the state Capitol, but the story in the final days of the 2019 legislative session was the Republican stranglehold on their calendar. That’s mainly because of the Colorado Senate, where the GOP ground work to a halt in the waning weeks of the lawmaking term, forcing Democrats to consider what measures […]

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An effort to ensure Colorado police and sheriffs aren’t carrying out federal immigration law has drawn Polis’ concerns

When immigrant advocates began working this year on legislation to prevent state and local law enforcement in Colorado from assisting federal immigration enforcement agents, their intent was sweeping. They sought to halt Colorado police and sheriffs from sharing any information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and wanted to bar state or local government from spending […]

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Colorado death penalty repeal effort is yanked, with Democratic votes in question

Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday nixed their effort to repeal the state’s death penalty after it appeared Democrats lacked the votes needed to push the measure through, emphasizing a split in the party that has been widening for weeks. Sen. Julie Gonzales, a Denver Democrat, tearfully asked that Senate Bill 182 be laid over until May […]

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It’s the Year of the Renter at the Colorado statehouse, from rent control to less stringent eviction timelines

First it was the bed bugs that infested the couch and the roaches scuttling through the kitchen. But the worst was the day the boiler room exploded, sending residents of Kelsey Danna’s apartment complex screaming and running as a gas man shouted at them to get to safety. The Englewood complex didn’t have heat for […]