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Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.”

Lawmakers set aside at least $30 million specifically for youth mental health, an amount that increased in the 11th hour of the lawmaking term after Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency

Health

Nicolais: Colorado lawmakers should channel Ronald Reagan — don’t build that fence

The property damage concerns at the heart of a proposal to build a fence around the state Capitol pale in comparison to the damage building it will do

Opinion Columns

Nicolais: Principle and compromise – the time has come for Colorado Republicans

Colorado Republicans in the minority at the legislature could be more than just an opposition. They can chart a path forward.

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Voices of Colorado youth, amplified by activism and opportunity, find receptive ears with lawmakers

Prodded by a contagious concern for their future, students engage with the legislative process -- and increasingly find their ideas reflected in results

Politics and Government

Nicolais: Colorado’s special session delivered just in time for the holiday season

The legislature came through with stop-gap solutions desperately needed across the state

Opinion Columns

Mullica: We need immunity for COVID-19, not for corporate responsibility

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Iman Jodeh, a community activist and educator, is poised to become Colorado’s first Muslim lawmaker

The Colorado native and daughter of Palestinian immigrants could make history in an Aurora-area district that heavily favors Democrats in the 2020 election

Politics and Government

As advocates tout preschool benefits, Colorado voters face question about funding it with tobacco tax hike

Proposition EE funds a universal preschool program by 2023, but critics suggest there’s no guarantee lawmakers will spend the money as designed

Education

Eight states have programs that give workers paid time off. Does that help or hurt Colorado’s chances?

Critics of the ballot measure point to huge government bureaucracies and mandated “taxes” in other states, but supporters say every program is solvent, successful.

Politics and Government

Marlboro’s owners negotiated Colorado’s proposed tobacco tax hike — and it could help them dominate the cigarette market

The ballot question, if approved by voters in November, would require a pack of cigarettes to be sold for no less than $7 starting in January. That could effectively hand more market share to Altria.

Politics and Government

Democrats poised to hold power in the Colorado Senate as Republicans put on the defensive

Republicans face shifting demographics and an unpopular incumbent president in Donald Trump who could drag the GOP ticket down

Politics and Government

Dudley Brown: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners — bullies and proud of it

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Coronavirus bills push lobbying to record total in Colorado. Here’s a look at the big spenders.

Legislation to require paid sick leave for workers amid the pandemic drew intense lobbying in the final weeks before session ended in June, a Colorado Sun analysis shows.

Politics and Government

Opinion: We can heal the coronavirus’ economic wounds with Initiative 271

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Opinion: Cut defense spending to invest in our coronavirus recovery

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Colorado Capitol cleanup begins, is expected to cost more than $1 million and last until winter

Crews began washing away the graffiti on the building over the weekend

News

Opinion: Now’s the time for Colorado to act boldly and cut air pollution

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Graduation rates could suffer after lawmakers cut a program to help Colorado kids entering high school

The Ninth Grade Success Grant program has been critical in helping schools hire staff to assist freshmen and track their academic progress

Education

Air quality improved slightly during the stay-at-home order. But Colorado still has a serious pollution problem.

Officials have until June 2021 to meet a ground-level ozone compliance deadline set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Environment

Opinion: An open letter to Colorado lawmakers from Colorado Concern

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