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Colorado businesses would be required to accept cash under measure headed to governor’s desk

Colorado businesses could be fined up to $250 if they refuse to accept cash for goods and services under a bill that cleared the state legislature on Tuesday and is headed to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk. The measure from state Rep. Alex Valdez and state Sen. Robert Rodriguez, who are both Denver Democrats, would make […]

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In record year for Colorado campaign finance complaints, Republicans cry foul over enforcement

Republicans are crying foul over campaign finance decisions by a deputy secretary of state who rejected recommendations by the Campaign Finance Enforcement team organized a year ago by Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat. A record number of complaints were filed in 2020 along with the second highest fine issued in recent years. But […]

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Opinion: Colorado legislators should model COVID-19 safety guidelines

On Nov. 30, at the Colorado legislature’s special session legislative session regarding COVID-19 relief, state Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, was photographed wearing a mask over his head for over 10 minutes and greeting his colleagues with no facial covering on.  When prompted for an explanation for this behavior, he told the Denver Post he […]

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On first day of special legislative session, Colorado lawmakers contend with coronavirus exposure scare

Colorado lawmakers are contending with a mass coronavirus exposure scare at the Capitol on the first day of the state’s special legislative session to address the economic effects of the pandemic.  House Speaker KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat, said a Republican staffer in the House was on the chamber’s floor Monday morning despite testing positive […]

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Republicans stopped Colorado’s vaccine bill last year with delay tactics. Will they work again?

They asked for bills to be read at length. They gave a history of the man-made chemicals perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. There was even a request for an amendment to dedicate a bill to the 1980s TV show “Magnum, P.I.” Republicans in the Colorado legislature deployed filibuster tactics Friday in an attempt — for the second […]

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“It feels like my back is up against a wall”: Why a handful of Colorado lawmakers are afraid to come to the Capitol

As House Speaker KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat, called the roll on Tuesday for the first time since Colorado’s legislative session went into recess due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Janet Buckner waited patiently to hear her name. A lawmaker since 2015 and the speaker pro tempore, she knew what to expect. Except instead of […]

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Should the Colorado legislature shut down because of coronavirus? The conversation is well underway.

Colorado lawmakers have begun discussing in earnest whether to temporarily shut down the state legislature to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.  The debate comes as the outbreak increasingly disrupts activity at the Capitol and as Gov. Jared Polis is warning that the spread of the virus has no end in sight.  Colorado’s largest […]