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Colorado lawmakers, governor unveil $700M state economic stimulus plan. Here’s where the money will go.

Top Democratic and Republican state lawmakers on Wednesday joined Gov. Jared Polis to unveil the broad strokes of a roughly $700 million state economic stimulus plan, most of which is set to go to “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, including repairs to the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels and Interstate 70 bridges The shovel-ready projects will total $170 million, […]

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Effort to require Coloradans to report lost, stolen guns is on glidepath to governor’s desk after passing state Senate

A bill that would require Coloradans to report a lost or stolen firearm within five days of realizing that it’s missing passed the state Senate on Wednesday along party lines, putting it on a glidepath to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk and all but assuring it will become law.  The 20-15 vote on Senate Bill 78 […]

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As Colorado legislature reconvenes, leaders pledge funds for K-12, higher education

By Jason Gonzales and Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado Colorado lawmakers returned to work Tuesday with Democratic leaders pledging to restore cuts made to K-12 and higher education during the early months of the pandemic last year and to invest more in education. “The uphill recovery and the many daunting tasks before us may be mighty, […]

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Two big-name Colorado Democrats are already exploring 2022 bids to unseat Lauren Boebert

Two well-known Democratic state lawmakers say they are already exploring whether to launch a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert next year, just weeks into the fiery Republican’s term.  It’s the latest evidence that Democrats are eager to capitalize on the controversies, which have grabbed international attention, Boebert has been at the center of […]

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Lauren Boebert is sued in federal court for blocking constituent on Twitter

Lauren Boebert, the bombastic new Republican congresswoman from Colorado, has been sued in federal court on allegations that she violated the free speech rights of one of her constituents by blocking the constituent on Twitter. Bri Buentello, a former Democratic state representative who lives in Pueblo, brought the legal action on Sunday.  “Buentello is a […]

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Colorado Democrats unveil details of their coronavirus relief plans for the special legislative session

Statehouse Democrats on Sunday unveiled eight coronavirus relief bills they will prioritize during Colorado’s special legislative session, which begins Monday and will run at least three days.  The legislation, much of it bipartisan, includes direct payments to small businesses, tax forgiveness, grants for child care centers and money to expand broadband access.  The aid, which […]

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Colorado governor unveils new coronavirus restrictions aimed at preventing lockdowns

Gov. Jared Polis announced new coronavirus restrictions Tuesday aimed — at least temporarily — at preventing about half of Colorado’s counties from being forced into lockdown as COVID-19 sickens more people and fills more hospital beds each day. The new mandates are intended to give counties with a worsening COVID-19 situation another chance to improve […]

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Pueblo flipped to Trump from Obama in 2016. How the swing county votes this year will speak volumes.

PUEBLO — Mayor Nick Gradisar climbed onto a stage in the heart of Colorado’s steel city on Saturday evening and asked his community not to take a gamble on Donald Trump as it did in 2016. “This election is our chance for redemption,” the Democrat said during a car rally hosted by former Vice President […]

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Colorado’s sweeping police accountability bill now requires officers to face imminent threat before using deadly force

Colorado Democrats’ sweeping police accountability bill won preliminary approval Monday in the state Senate after undergoing a number of changes, including the addition of a prohibition on the use of deadly force by officers unless they face an imminent threat.  Currently, officers may use deadly force if they reasonably fear for their lives or the […]

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Law enforcement warns of unintended consequences with Colorado Democrats’ sweeping police accountability bill

An inability to recruit officers. Financial burdens small law enforcement agencies can’t handle. Sullied prosecutions.  As Colorado Democrats’ sweeping police accountability bill received its first hearing on Thursday, police, prosecutors and Republican state lawmakers raised concerns about unintended consequences.  “This bill is needed. We agree these types of actions are needed to respond to the […]