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Nicolais: The Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act comes spiked with trace amounts of bad policy

Fentanyl is killing Coloradans. Fentanyl is killing families, it is killing businesses and it is killing communities. That is exactly why the most heated bill of this legislative session has been the Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention Act.  Unfortunately, good politics appears headed toward bad policy. Or at least less good policy.  Critics of the bill […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Colorado, other states launch probe into TikTok’s effect on kids’ health

By Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — State attorneys general have launched a nationwide investigation into TikTok and its possible harmful effects on young users’ mental health, widening government scrutiny of the wildly popular video platform. The investigation was announced Wednesday by a number of states led by California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New […]

Posted inHealth, News

Colorado will get $385 million after Johnson & Johnson, distributors finalize landmark $26 billion opioid settlement

By Geoff Mulvhill, The Associated Press CAMDEN, N.J. — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the U.S. Taken together, the settlements are […]

Posted inBusiness, Crime and Courts, Equity, News, Politics and Government

Supreme Court will hear case of Colorado web designer who would refuse service to gay people

By Jessica Gresko, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash involving religion and the rights of LGBTQ people in the case of a Colorado web designer who says her religious beliefs prevent her from offering wedding website designs to gay couples. The high court said Tuesday it […]

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Colorado’s Democratic statewide officeholders began 2022 with a significant campaign cash advantage

Incumbent Democrats holding the offices of governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer significantly outraised their Republican opponents in the final three months of 2021, according to campaign finance filings submitted Tuesday. But super PACs supporting Republican state Senate candidates in Colorado narrowed the gap with their Democratic counterparts, getting help from a national GOP […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

Colorado officials order closure of 11 COVID testing sites run by 2 companies, citing safety and reporting concerns

Colorado officials ordered 11 coronavirus testing sites to shut down Saturday, saying the two companies running them have failed to report testing results as required under the law.  The testing sites run by Center for COVID Control and Macagain Corp. stretch from Boulder to Colorado Springs.  Center for COVID Control, with sites in Denver and […]

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Weiser: To improve policing and retain officers, Colorado must invest in better training

During the last year, too many people left their jobs in law enforcement. The challenges of recruiting and retaining people in law enforcement deserve statewide attention. In 2020, according to data reported to the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, we experienced a 5% reduction in certified peace officers employed statewide. The data we […]

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State leaders call for unified action to combat rising fentanyl poisonings across Colorado

State legislators, law enforcement officials and district attorneys on Thursday stressed the need for a more collaborative response to combat surging fentanyl poisonings that have killed more Coloradans than gun violence and car crashes combined.  “This alarming rise in fentanyl calls for action,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial […]