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Colorado Democrats unveil sweeping police accountability bill in response to George Floyd’s death

Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday began to unveil a sweeping bill aimed at increasing law enforcement accountability in Colorado by collecting racial profiling data, ensuring officers hold each other accountable and making it easier for the public to file lawsuits against police. The measure, which could be introduced as soon as Wednesday, also would beef […]

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Shots fired during Denver protest of Minneapolis man’s death; vehicles vandalized, demonstrator hit by car

Staff and wire report A protest in Denver on Thursday night over the death of a handcuffed black man during a confrontation with a white police officer in Minnesota turned destructive as shots were fired, vehicles were vandalized and a demonstrator was struck by a car. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. “Tonight […]

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Colorado legislature delays its return date until late May to allow more time to balance budget

The Colorado legislature has pushed back the date it will resume lawmaking until late May.  The General Assembly was set to resume the 2020 legislative session on May 18 after taking a months-long pause because of the new coronavirus. But on Saturday, Democratic leadership in the House and Senate announced that the reopening will now […]

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A lawmaker returns to frontlines of the coronavirus fight as an ER nurse: “You can see a tsunami coming”

Just before he enters the hospital for a 12-hour shift in the emergency room, Kyle Mullica pauses to narrate the moment. The 33-year-old state lawmaker struggles for words to describe what it feels like to trade his suit for scrubs and return to his job as an ER nurse amid the outbreak of the novel […]

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Colorado legislature shuts down for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

UPDATE: Just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the legislature passed a resolution to take a recess of two weeks. The Colorado legislature will temporarily shut down for at least two weeks effective Saturday after leadership at the Capitol decided it is unsafe to continue lawmaking with the new coronavirus spreading rapidly across the state.  “I […]

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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 […]

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Joe Biden’s “inexplicable” no-show strategy makes him an outlier in Colorado’s presidential primary

Eager to score delegates and woo battleground voters, all of the Democratic presidential candidates are hosting rallies in Colorado ahead of Super Tuesday. Except one. Joe Biden, the former vice president, is the only top contender not to hold a public event in Colorado ahead of the state’s presidential primary. He visited Denver for the […]

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Sen. Pettersen makes history as one of first state lawmakers to give birth during Colorado legislative session

State Sen. Brittany Pettersen made history late Sunday when she gave birth to her son, becoming one of the first state lawmakers in Colorado history to give birth during the course of a legislative session.  Davis James Silverii was born weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20.75 inches.  “He’s doing amazingly well and so […]

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Taxpayers are only covering Democrats’ legal fees in a partisan Colorado legislature lawsuit. Republicans say that’s unfair.

Colorado lawmakers are sparring over the use of taxpayer money to pay for legal costs in a partisan lawsuit confronting what both sides say is a critical question about the state constitution. The hangup: Taxpayers are only paying for the Democrats’ representation, to the tune of about $40,000 and counting, more than half of which […]

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Gov. Jared Polis wants to go even bigger in 2020. Here’s his State of the State address, annotated.

Gov. Jared Polis celebrated his first-year wins during his second State of the State address Thursday, imploring the General Assembly to go even further by expanding preschool education and reducing Colorado’s prison population.  He also urged lawmakers to cut prescription drug costs and create a government-managed public option health care system. The Democratic chief executive’s […]