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Federal appeals panel dismisses 10-year-old lawsuit accusing TABOR of being unconstitutional

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s strict constitutional tax and spending limits. Colorado Politics reports that the court dismissed the lawsuit, filed in 2011 by a group of elected officials who argued that the voter-approved 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a republican form […]

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Lawsuit from Aurora police officer fired in Elijah McClain chokehold photo scandal is dismissed

A lawsuit filed by a suburban Denver police officer for his firing over a photo reenacting a chokehold like the one used on Elijah McClain before the 23-year-old Black man died in 2019 has been dismissed. The lawsuit filed against Aurora’s police chief and city manager was dismissed Wednesday. It alleged that former Aurora officer […]

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Maria Berkenkotter selected by Gov. Jared Polis as his first Colorado Supreme Court appointee

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday selected Maria Encarnacion Berkenkotter as his first Colorado Supreme Court appointee. “Throughout her career, she has shown a keen ability to render sound and wise decisions on a broad range of issues,” Polis said in a written statement. “She has deftly presided over high-profile, complicated and often emotional cases, and […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Politics and Government, Water

After lawsuit from Colorado and other states, Utah asks Trump administration to delay decision on tapping Lake Powell

SALT LAKE CITY — Facing opposition from six states that rely on the Colorado River for water for their cities and farms, Utah asked the federal government to delay a fast-track approval process for building an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water to the southwest part of the state. Utah cited […]

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Wyoming looks to buy millions of acres of mineral rights, including in Colorado and Utah

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY — Wyoming could become one of Utah’s largest mineral holders under a massive land deal the Cowboy State is exploring with a leading Western energy producer. Gov. Mark Gordon is looking to buy at least 4 million acres of mineral rights and 1 million surface […]

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Trump administration’s effort to roll back NEPA environmental law draws ire at Denver hearing

By Jim Anderson, The Associated Press The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes, President Donald Trump wants to limit […]