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Residency complaint against Republican state senator highlights election-year real estate shuffle in Colorado

A nonprofit run by a Democratic political consultant is raising questions about the residency of a Republican state senator whose bid for reelection in November could decide which party is in charge at the Colorado Capitol. The Colorado Ethics Institute compiled a dossier this summer indicating that state Sen. Dennis Hisey is still spending a […]

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Threatening an elected official in Colorado may soon land you in prison as lawmakers push to protect public workers

After state Rep. Kyle Mullica introduced a bill last year to make it harder for Colorado parents to opt their children out of school vaccinations, he received a threatening email.  “You deserve death,” the person wrote. “The world would be better if your home burned down with you and your family in it.”  Police came […]

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Republicans battle for 10 hours against effort to require Coloradans to store guns in safes, with trigger locks

By Patty Niebert, The Associated Press/Report for America Colorado Republicans voiced adamant opposition during a House debate about a proposed bill that would require firearms not in use to be stored securely in order to prevent children and teens from accessing the weapons. Republican House members spent roughly 10 hours opposing the bill and argued […]

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The behind-the-scenes story of being Gov. Jared Polis during Colorado’s coronavirus crisis

A little more than a month into Colorado’s battle with coronavirus, Gov. Jared Polis and his team reached the helpless realization that there was no end in sight.  At that point, more than 8,000 people had tested positive for the disease and over 350 had died, including scores living in senior-care centers. The stay-at-home order […]

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Opinion: To save the lives of children and families, Colorado needs safe gun storage

When the rioters breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the younger congressional staff members knew what to do. They recalled their training — the “shelter-in-place” and “active shooter” training that started after the Columbine shooting and have become ubiquitous.  One of us is a former educator who experienced middle-school lockdowns because of neighborhood gun […]

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Colorado Democrats will pursue mandatory waiting period for gun buyers, safe-storage measure in 2021

Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce at least three pieces of gun-control legislation this year, including a measure that would require a waiting period — potentially of five days — between when someone purchases a firearm and when they can access that weapon. The other two bills would require gun owners to […]

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Colorado lawmaker who also works as ER nurse gets coronavirus vaccine, hopes to show others it’s safe

Kyle Mullica, a state representative who also works as an emergency room nurse, received his first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying he hopes to show others that the inoculation is safe and leaving open the possibility of legislative action to ensure it reaches enough people to end the pandemic.   “I trust the […]