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U.S. Census delays are threatening to upend Colorado’s new redistricting process

Delays by the U.S. Census Bureau in sharing detailed population data are threatening to upend Colorado’s new redistricting process ahead of the 2022 election, injecting uncertainty into a politically fraught undertaking that will affect the state’s political landscape for the next decade. Because of slowdowns related to COVID-19, the Trump administration’s failed efforts to add […]

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

In all likelihood, Iman Jodeh will win her race and be elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in District 41. And if she does, she will become the first Muslim lawmaker in the state’s history.  Jodeh, a community activist and educator, is running to replace Democratic state Rep. Jovan Melton, who is term limited […]

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Colorado draws 2,000-foot statewide oil and gas drilling setback. But it comes with a big “however.”

Colorado is poised to impose the biggest statewide oil and gas drilling setback in the nation – 2,000 feet from homes and schools – after state regulators unanimously backed the measure in an informal vote Thursday. A final, formal vote will be held Nov. 6. But while setting the buffer for even a single home, […]

Posted inCOVID, Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers won’t be required to wear masks at Capitol when legislative session resumes

Colorado lawmakers and the public will not be required to wear masks or adhere to standard coronavirus protocols at the Capitol when the legislative session resumes next week. Democratic and Republican leaders failed to agree on any public health measures and instead decided Monday to issue only informal guidance. The recommendations ask lawmakers and the […]

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The clock is ticking for citizen ballot measures, but the campaigns are paused due to the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is making it harder for candidates and initiatives to qualify for the ballot in Colorado, and leading to concerns about disenfranchisement. The governor’s stay-at-home and social distancing orders are preventing advocates for eight ballot campaigns from collecting the 124,632 valid voter signatures each need to make the November election. Likewise, the efforts […]

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Colorado’s legislature won’t resume Monday as planned. It’s an open question when they will return.

The Colorado General Assembly will not resume its lawmaking term next week as scheduled and may not return until the second half of April as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. The legislature is scheduled to reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday after a two-week break imposed in response to the public health emergency. But legislative leaders told […]

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Interest in reforming Colorado’s system to recall elected officials is building — on both sides of the aisle

With attempted recalls of elected officials continuing to sweep across Colorado, interest in reforming the state’s system for ousting people from elected office is growing and early ideas are being debated for possible legislation to be introduced during the 2020 lawmaking term.  The push for change — which may have to be approved by voters […]