Posted inEconomy, News, Transportation

Longmont may still get its long-promised RTD rail line. But it may need help from Amtrak.

Regional Transportation District officials say they will refocus on building the long-awaited Northwest Rail Line, after goading from Gov. Jared Polis and some members of the agency’s board of directors Tuesday night. RTD planners told the board during a virtual work session that any move to fully extend the 38-mile corridor, also known as the […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Rhetoric is not the same thing as action on RTD election free-ride proposal

Democracy is hard. Democracy requires a constant nurturing and consistent participation. A healthy democracy has a palpable, potent energy with debate on both sides and can feel, at times, aerobic. For some in our country, government is done. The process requires minimal participation, if any, only exerted to preserve standing policy. Others see our system […]

Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, Education, Politics and Government

The first two efforts to defund police in Colorado quickly failed. Will a push at CU be the first to succeed?

Massive protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death led to legislation to curb police brutality in Colorado. But two high-profile efforts to “defund” or reshape police departments and security forces have failed.  The Denver City Council and the board overseeing the Regional Transportation District this month rejected reappropriating law enforcement dollars to mental health […]

Posted inColoradans, Culture, News, Politics and Government

A Colorado filmmaker’s camera is rolling as women of color fight for a voice in Denver politics

The local version of “Knock Down the House,” the progressive political film making waves nationally, is currently in the works in a Stapleton living room. If you’re aware of “Knock Down the House,” the documentary directed by Rachel Lears, you know it tracked four progressive female candidates running for Congress in the 2018 midterms. The […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Transportation

RTD board candidate’s guilty plea in 2008 public benefits theft case could mean she’s ineligible to hold the job under the Colorado constitution

A Regional Transportation District board candidate’s guilty plea nearly a decade ago in a case involving the theft of human services benefits, including cash meant to help disabled people buy food and heat their homes, could mean she is ineligible to serve in the post if she is elected. Colorado’s constitution restricts anyone who has […]