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Effort to force Colorado to cut greenhouse emissions faster exposes exasperation with Polis administration

For more than a year, frustrated Colorado lawmakers and environmental groups have struggled to push the Polis administration to move faster to meet mandated cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Now they are advancing a bill to set emission caps and deadlines — over the objections of the governor.  The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee moved […]

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What the Twitter accounts of Colorado’s nine members of Congress can tell us about them

Three months into the 117th Congress, first-year U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert is the most visible and vocal of Colorado’s nine members of Congress, at least when it comes to Twitter. The Garfield County Republican tweeted more often than any of the other members of Colorado’s congressional delegation. Her 775 tweets, most sent from her personal […]

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Nearly $1.5 million pours into Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District for Lauren Boebert, Kerry Donovan

The 2022 battle for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat is off to a hot fundraising start with incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert raising about 28% of her entire 2020 take in a mere three months. The Garfield County Republican raised more than $846,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31, and had more than $842,000 […]

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

By Sam Metz, AP / Report for America CARSON CITY, Nevada — Rural water users are panicking over a proposal to create a market for the sale and purchase of water rights in Nevada, unconvinced by arguments that the concept would encourage conservation. Lawmakers on Monday weighed whether so-called “water banking” would be preferable to […]

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Colorado Democrats unveil their public health insurance option proposal. Here’s how it would work.

Democrats in the Colorado legislature on Thursday introduced a bill designed to drive down health care costs and, if consumers’ expenses aren’t reduced, potentially create a state-offered health insurance option. The measure is the result of years of efforts by progressive lawmakers and is a top priority for Gov. Jared Polis. But it faces stiff […]

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Gregg Smith ends his bid to unseat Republican Lauren Boebert

Democrat Gregg Smith is ending his short-lived campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert on Monday, saying he’s now confident there are other progressive candidates who can win in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District next year.  “I’m satisfied that Lauren Boebert will not be a congresswoman in January 2023,” Smith told The Colorado Sun in […]

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Nonprofit launches $1 million TV ad buy against Colorado Democrats’ public health insurance option proposal

A deep-pocketed nonprofit backed by private insurance companies has launched a barrage of advertising aimed at building public opposition to Colorado Democrats’ attempt to create a public health insurance option. Partnership for America’s Health Care Future launched a TV ad buy at a cost of nearly $1 million on Monday that will run through early […]

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State Rep. Donald Valdez becomes latest Democrat to announce bid to unseat Lauren Boebert

State Rep. Donald Valdez is running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year, becoming the seventh Democrat and the second state lawmaker to jump into the 3rd Congressional District race.  Valdez, who lives in La Jara, briefly ran for the seat during the 2020 election cycle before abruptly exiting the contest, citing threats […]

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Colorado restricts where Medicaid patients can get an abortion. Democrats want to end that.

A group of Colorado Democrats want to make it easier for low-income people in Colorado who have experienced rape, incest or a life-threatening pregnancy to access abortions by eliminating state restrictions on the types of facilities where abortions are covered by Medicaid.  “Every patient who is a survivor of rape or sexual assault has gone […]

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Nicolais: Is Kerry Donovan the right candidate against Lauren Boebert, but in the wrong year?

Right candidate, wrong year.  Just over a month after firebrand U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert took her congressional oath of office, state Sen. Kerry Donovan announced her campaign to unseat Colorado’s most recent right-wing lightning rod. Donovan may have missed her opportunity by about a year. Nearly a decade ago, several high-profile Democrats passed on the […]